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Posted: 03/23/2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Field Services

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

Preservation Architect
Professional Opportunity
Houston, TX

Job Summary:

The Preservation Architect provides expertise in master planning, programming and sustainable design to the preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use of historic buildings. The Preservation Architect provides this expertise to assist with the preservation of nationally significant historic places through our National Treasures Program; in the review of grants to historic houses of worship that will be provided through the National Fund for Sacred Places, and in the application of sustainable design principles through work with the Preservation Green Lab.  In his/her work, the Preservation Architect is expected to advocate for the reuse of redeemable buildings, not just the iconic or significant.

This position will spend approximately 40% of their time on National Treasures, including: identifying and vetting potential National Treasures and ensuring the success of selected projects as a project manager or project team member. Up to 40% of their time will be spent on the review, selection, and implementation of projects receiving grants for the National Fund for Sacred Places, as part of the Historic Houses of Worship National Treasure. Approximately 20% of this position will be available for work with the Preservation Green Lab, as well as key organizational priorities such as the ReUrbanism initiative, climate change, and other special projects that may emerge. This integration will be reflected in strategic plans, the annual work plan, and performance metrics, and will be part of evaluation cycles.

The Preservation Architect will have the opportunity to interact with others across the National Trust with expertise in architecture and building conservation.


National Treasures

The Preservation Architect will work with the Senior Vice President for Field Services to identify projects within the portfolio of National Treasures that require architectural services. The Preservation Architect will be responsible for creating and implementing project plans with stated goals and objectives to ensure successful outcomes for the selected National Treasure projects. The Preservation Architect may serve as a Project Manager or project team member in carrying out assignments that require architectural expertise working with other Trust staff, outside partners, National Trust Advisors and other interested parties. Specific responsibilities related to National Treasures may include condition assessments, historic structures reports, capital project and cyclical maintenance planning, cost analysis, site master planning, and code review and interpretation.

Fundraise for National Treasure projects As requested, the Preservation Architect will work collaboratively with the Advancement Division to assist in meeting fundraising goals for assigned National Treasure projects.

National Fund for Sacred Places

Review of Candidate Projects  As needed, review applications for participation in the National Fund for Sacred Places program, analyzing proposed rehabilitation and restoration projects from selected congregations. Work with Senior Advisor for Special Projects and staff from Partners for Sacred Places in evaluations. Help identify potential participants for the National Fund, encourage applications and advise applicants during the nomination process.

Technical Assistance   As needed, the Preservation Architect will participate, primarily with staff from Partners for Sacred Places, in the technical assistance phase for selected congregations in the National Fund. Utilizing expertise in architectural practice, advise selected congregations and their consultants on their proposed scope of work and resolve issues related to interpretation of the Secretary of Interiors Standards.

Capital Grants Preservation Architect will review all applications for Capital Grants through the National Fund for Sacred Places, paying special attention to all planning documents, drawings, schedules and other material relating to the proposed scope of work for funding. Site visits may be required during this review. Also participate as part of the team in monitoring progress and certifying completion on selected grants. Site visits may be required during this monitoring and certification.

Preservation Green Lab and other Initiatives

The Preservation Architect will contribute to work undertaken by the Preservation Green Lab on sustainable and green building practices in older and historic buildings and will provide architectural expertise to Preservation Priorities, such as ReUrbanism and climate change, when appropriate. This work may include specific project consultation as well as input on policy initiatives related to building codes, energy codes, zoning, or green building certification.

Office Management and General Inquiries

The Preservation Architect will have some administrative duties related to the operations of the office and act a mentor and a role model to the staff in the office. The Preservation Architect will serve as a resource for general inquiries related to architectural practice received by the National Trusts Preservation Reference Desk.


Architecture and Historic Preservation

  • Demonstrated experience in the application of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation
  • License to practice architecture , NCARB certified
  • Demonstrated experience in applying sustainable and green technology in older and historic buildings.
  • Demonstrated experience working with local building codes, preservation zoning and design review, ADA.
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD, InDesign, and familiar with Revit and GIS

Leadership and Management Skills

  • Demonstrated success in working on collaborative teams with internal and external members;
  • Demonstrated project management skills and effective team leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated capability to work effectively within a geographically distributed organization and across internal departments and programs.
  • Demonstrated capability to develop and implement strategies with paid and volunteer staff and outside vendors.
  • Experience building and managing complex project budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks and meet deadlines.

Hands-On Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of combined experience with project management and architectural practice, preferably in a context of at least 8 years of overall work experience.
  • Previous work in historic preservation, architecture, planning, or allied fields required.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and skill set.
  • Knowledge of key-players in the preservation field a plus.

Nonprofit Experience

  • Experience or significant volunteer activity in the nonprofit and advocacy sectors and experience or interest in preservation, conservation and history.
  • Experience working with preservation issues.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging culturally and ethnically diverse audiences, constituents & partners. Familiarity with historic and cultural resources of diverse communities, and ties to diverse affinity groups, professional organizations or related associations a plus.

Academic and Related Qualifications


  • Undergraduate degree in Architecture, or in urban or environmental design, history, or related field, with a Masters Degree in Architecture.
  • Excellent verbal, written a
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How to apply
Please email resume and cover letter to 514251-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com
David Field

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