Intern Architect

Job description

Intern Architect

Date Posted: 10/29/2020
Req ID: 1536
Faculty/Division: Capital Projects
Department: Prop Mgmt Design&Constr-09
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Division of University Planning Design and Construction provides the University with support through key services: Campus & Facilities Planning, Project Management, Design & Engineering and Project Development. The team is responsible for campus master planning, space allocation, design & engineering services, costing, leasing, and all construction and renovation projects. Design & Engineering is a department within the Division of University Planning Design and Construction.

Your opportunity:

The University of Toronto’s Department of Design and Engineering offers a unique opportunity to undertake a diverse range of project types within a similarly diverse range of buildings. Projects involve full multi-disciplinary consulting services for renovations to campus spaces such as offices, classrooms, meeting and conference rooms, wet labs and commercial kitchens. Renovations may occur within listed and designated heritage buildings. The goal of the department is to create innovative solutions to the challenges of incorporating new and changing needs within existing infrastructure which will ultimately contribute to enhancing the built environment for faculty, students and staff in support of the University’s mission. Projects undertaken have construction budgets typically ranging from $500K to $5M, but occasionally surpass the upper limit.

Reporting to the Director, Design & Engineering, this position works under the personal supervision and direction of the Project Architects. The Intern Architect (IA) provides project support to the department’s Architects during all stages of a construction project from inception to completion and may lead components of a project under the personal supervision and direction of the Project Architect. This position is also responsible for site investigation, documentation, drawing production and various other tasks to support all stages of the project. As well, this position will contribute to the project design, preparation of presentation materials, coordination of the documents with other disciplines and development of construction details. The IA assists the architects with product research and liaising with suppliers as required.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Producing technical documentation and CAD drawings for approval by the project Architect
  • Preparing technical specifications to be issued for tendering
  • Creating CAD drawings based on existing paper drawings and on-site measurements
  • Analyzing and recommending revisions to technical drawings and documentation
  • Checking the accuracy and compatibility of design elements
  • Developing viable design solutions and artistic renderings
  • Preparing concept plans, schematics, renderings, architectural work drawings and project proposal outline

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from a university program accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) and a member in good standing as an Intern Architect in the Internship in Architect Program (IAP) of the Ontario Association of Architects.
  • Minimum five years of experience in a role responsible for drafting, drawing, production drawing coordination and contributing to all stages of a project from project inception to completion, including site investigation and analysis, design, design development, and contract document preparation in an architectural office.
  • Experience in shop drawing review, site review, contract administration, office and field functions, and close-out document review.
  • Experience on a variety of project types and sizes including offices (including meeting and conference facilities), institutional projects (classrooms, labs, libraries, etc.) and heritage properties, whether listed or designated.
  • Experience developing designs for projects, synthesizing client’s needs into creative, technically sound and cost effective design solutions.
  • Experience planning, executing and coordinating clear, well organized, high quality technical drawings and documentation using AutoCAD either independently or as part of a team; independently developing technical solutions and construction details using sound building science principles.
  • Experience analyzing the OBC, Standards, Regulations and Laws to ensure project compliance.
  • Experience preparing and applying design and calculations required for code analysis.
  • Experience understanding the impacts of the architectural design and design changes on engineering disciplines.
  • Experienceproducing clear and concise communications both orally and in writing with various project stakeholders.
  • Experience participating in field and office tasks in contract administration
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to demonstrate strong design sensibilities working independently as required to develop design solutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of building science, building systems, design/detailing (interior and envelope) in order to independently develop construction details.
  • Strong working knowledge of the Ontario Building Code, in particular parts 3, 9 and 11.
  • Advanced proficiency in the most current version of AutoCAD including the effective use of layering and xrefs to produce drawings that are clear, well-organized and communicate the design and construction intent effectively.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Professional while knowledge of 3-D drawing software (Sketch-up), Photoshop and InDesign is an asset.
  • Musthave excellent interpersonal skills and must be able to communicate in a clear, professional, articulate and concise manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work equally well independently or in a team; ability and willingness to multi-task while maintaining high quality results and contributing to multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately and effectively under pressure to meet competing deadlines on multiple projects.
  • Must be motivated, well-organized, and detail-oriented and must show initiative, ability to problem-solve and to follow through on assignments.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Accountable
  • Adaptable
  • Efficient
  • Goal oriented

Closing Date: 11/16/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: USW Pay Band 11 -- $65,669 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $83,978. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 10/30/2020
Application Due: 11/17/2020
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