Assistant University Architect

Job description

Requisition # 2018-8908
Department University Architect
Category Facilities Management and Physical Plant
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Princeton is seeking to expand its staff with the addition of an Assistant University Architect to support the execution of the University's ambitious Campus Plan. Reporting to the University Architect, and working within a team of Facilities colleagues, this individual will be responsible for representing Facilities and the Office of the University Architect in providing leadership and coordination of numerous planning studies and capital projects, including new construction, renovations, landscape, preservation work, sustainability initiatives, parking and transportation studies, and infrastructure.

There is no better institution for the discipline of campus design than Princeton University. Princeton takes pride in the beauty of its campus and the extent to which it supports the pursuit of its mission. With the recent completion of the 2026 Campus Plan, Princeton is beginning a new phase of construction, with a new ten-year capital program of approximately $3B. Planning and design over the next ten years will carefully steward and dramatically expand the existing campus footprint. Planning and design must be coordinated for a new bridge over Lake Carnegie, the new Lake Campus, two new residential colleges, new facilities for Environmental Studies and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, new athletic fields, new facilities for campus life, and numerous other projects.

The Princeton environment provides:

  • The opportunity to be engaged in campus design at the highest level of planning, design and professionalism
  • A wide variety of architecture, all within a historical context—from 260 year-old buildings to cutting edge new construction
  • A commitment to long-term building quality and a willingness to make the investments of time and money necessary to support it
  • Collaboration with high quality design professionals
  • Outstanding colleagues within Facilities and the University—people who care about the University and cooperate to solve problems
  • Ample support for professional development within the field, including AIA continuing education seminars

This is a five year term, benefits eligible position.


  • Managing the implementation of the 2026 Campus Plan. The individual will collaborate in the ongoing process of campus planning and ensuring the implementation of campus planning objectives in the execution of capital projects
  • Supporting the process of selecting design professionals for capital projects
  • Providing leadership and management support throughout the early phases of programming, feasibility studies and concept designs for major and minor capital projects
  • Supporting and coordination throughout all phases of schematic design, design development, and construction administration of major and minor capital projects
  • Providing independent research, technical support prepare position papers and planning studies to support the development of planning studies and capital projects
  • Provide advice to the University Architect on a variety of design and professional matters. Examples include; review of planning and design strategies, selection of finishes and other aesthetic decisions to guide the renewal of University buildings and grounds


Essential Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture or Engineering; advanced degree in architecture and/or planning strongly preferred
  • Eight years professional experience required
  • License to practice architecture or engineering
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with academic and administrative users, design professionals and colleagues within Facilities
  • Ability to translate general academic and administrative values and goals into specific objectives for use by design professionals
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the programming and design of large, complex facilities projects
  • Ability to provide guidance on both land use planning and specific architectural and landscape issues that support efficient and cost-effective solutions in service of the Princeton University Mission
  • Ability to make value judgments about architecture, planning and landscape design that will support institutional objectives
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to seeking our opportunities in order to advise senior leadership
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion and a track record of creating a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming professional environment
  • Respect for the architectural heritage and tradition of the campus
  • Comfort in an organization committed to constant change and improvement
  • Spirit of cooperation and teamwork
  • Ability to negotiate expectations of demanding users
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and find solutions that satisfy multiple constraints
  • Ability to use a wide variety of computing applications including Autocad, Revit, Adobe CS, computer modeling, database and MS Office
  • Desired qualifications:
  • Experience working in academic or similar institutional settings
  • Knowledge of and interest in implementing sustainability principles and practices
  • Knowledge of campus planning and design
  • Strong sense of architectural history

Desired qualifications:
  • Experience working in academic or similar institutional settings
  • Knowledge of and interest in implementing sustainability principles and practices
  • Knowledge of campus planning and design
  • Strong sense of architectural history

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 070

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 12/12/2018
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