Head of Architecture

Deadline: 01 April 2023

Employment term: Permanent

Category: Construction

Job type: Full time

Location: Yerevan

Job description:

The TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is a free of charge after-school learning program for teenagers at the intersection of technology and design. Over 20,000 students attend TUMO on a regular basis and participate in our innovative, self-paced program. Our educational framework is based on a proprietary platform that promotes learning through interactive game-like levels, exposing users to increasingly challenging activities. Students choose from a large set of instructional activities that they combine into their personal learning plans in skill areas ranging from computer programming and game development to animation and graphic design. To learn more about TUMO, please visit: www.tumo.org.
We are seeking a Head of Architecture to lead TUMO’s architecture studio in Yerevan, Armenia. In this senior-level position, you will have the opportunity to work on TUMO’s national and international projects, collaborating with a range of stakeholders to develop innovative design concepts and bring them to life.
As Head of Architecture, you will report to the CEO and be responsible for leading and managing a team of architects, and providing guidance and support to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. You will play a key role in developing design concepts, design documentation, and project schedules, ensuring that all work meets TUMO's high standards of excellence. In addition, you will work closely with the procurement team to source and purchase materials, negotiate with contractors and vendors, and manage project budgets.
The Head of Architecture is the principal point of contact for construction managers, consultants, local and international architects, general contractors, and vendors/suppliers, and will work closely with them to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. Your ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with diverse stakeholders will be key to your success in this role.
In addition to technical expertise, the role requires strong leadership and people management skills, providing mentorship and guidance to your team of architects. You will be responsible for creating a positive and productive work environment and fostering a culture of collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Job responsibilities

Strategy & Leadership

  • Lead the development of TUMO’s architectural design standards and guidelines
  • Collaborate with senior executives and ensure that designs align with the TUMO's goals and objectives

Project Management

  • Act as the principal point of contact with all levels of management including procurement, construction managers, consultants, local and International architects, general contractors, and vendors/suppliers
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to determine design requirements, including reviewing sketches and models with stakeholders and the executive team
  • Oversee the production of construction documentation for national and international projects and responsible for their project management including; design documentation review, consultant coordination, and project resourcing and budget preparation
  • Review architectural plans and documentation for conformance with local building codes and zoning regulations
  • Communicate with contractors about construction progress and potential problems that may arise during the construction process
  • Periodically review, analyze, and approve expenditures for ongoing projects on a timely basis
  • Prepare internal and external reports pertaining to the status of projects on a monthly basis
  • Analyze, manage, and mitigate risks by preplanning in order to prevent issues and resolve any emerging ones

People Management

  • Manage the team of architects and project managers, providing them with direction on projects
  • Provide leadership to the design team, collaborating with other members of the team to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget
  • Manage performance and provide regular feedback to team members
  • Recruit, hire and train new staff as needed
  • Conduct regular team meetings and facilitate effective communication among team members
  • Contribute to the development of a robust culture reflecting TUMO’s core values and nurturing the behaviors which drive this culture

Architecture & Design

  • Develop design concepts, schematic drawings, and construction details
  • Review and approve design concepts and documents
  • Ensure that designs meet the requirements of local and international building codes and standards
  • Ensure that designs are functional, conform to TUMO’s aesthetic standards, and are cost-effective

Required qualifications

Your Traits

  • Team player who enjoys building, creating, and executing new projects
  • Collaborative; you enjoy gathering stakeholder input to create innovative design solutions that meet the needs of the organization
  • You are motivated to move forward, make decisions, and finalize details quickly once information is available
  • You believe in the potential of TUMO and its mission to change the world through the education of teens

Your skills & abilities:

  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, organization, and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, troubleshooting along the way as necessary
  • Excellent and professional negotiation skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong supervisory, leadership, and coaching skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Willing to roll up your sleeves to get things done
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Outstanding professionalism, maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality, discretion, integrity, and maturity even under stressful situations
  • Strong project management and process implementation skills
  • Authentic alignment with and commitment to TUMO’s, core values, and long-term vision
  • A sense of humor, and humility

Your Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree in Architecture and at least 10 years of experience in the supervision and management of large-scale Architectural projects
  • Certification or Registration as an Architect preferable (Armenia or international)
  • On-site experience, with a portfolio of projects from concept through to completion and commissioning
  • Understanding of BIM environments and documentation procedures and processes
  • Proficiency in Autodesk software suite (Autodesk, REVIT)
  • Proficiency in Adobe applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat X Pro), Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, and Sketch-up/Rhino/3d rendering software
  • Knowledge of BREAMS certification
  • High level of design skills; ability to sketch
  • Knowledge of/experience in coordinating design packages from engineering consultants, working with clash-detection to resolve design conflicts (eg. Electrical, Mechanical, plumbing, HVAC systems, lighting, and other project-related consultants)
  • High level of proficiency in English; Armenian is a plus but not required

Required candidate level: Not defined

Additional information

Interested candidates should submit a resume via our career portal by clicking here.

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What is TUMO?

TUMO is a new kind of educational experience at the intersection of technology and design.

At TUMO, teens learn because they want to. They’re given the tools and knowhow they need to reach their maximum potential, and they chart their own learning path through hands-on activities, workshops and projects.

The TUMO learning program is made up of self-learning activities, workshops and project labs around 14 learning targets. Teens combine these into personal learning paths that adapt to their evolving preferences and rate of progress.

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TUMO has centers in Yerevan, Dilijan, Gyumri and Stepanakert and work is underway to open centers in Koghb and Masis. TUMO Boxes are already in operation in the towns of Berd, Gavar, Sevan, Vayk, Kapan and Martakert. Many more TUMO Boxes will open soon in various towns throughout Armenia and Artsakh. Outside of Armenia, there are centers in Paris, Beirut, Moscow, Tirana, Berlin and Lyon. Centers will soon open in several other cities around the world.


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