Project Architect Job Description

Gillespie Design Group is a thriving architectural, planning and interior design firm that practices predominantly in the Chicagoland area, along with various states within the Midwest and country. We are located outside of McHenry, IL (McHenry County). Our firm has a great reputation with owners and contractors and is known for delivering innovative and practical designs. Much of our business is gained from repeat clients after delivering exceptional results.
Typical projects include office, municipal, hospitality, educational, retail/restaurant, industrial, religious and residential projects. Applicants should enjoy working in a fast-paced yet informal office atmosphere and should be able to handle multiple projects at once.
We have a job opportunity for a Project Architect who will be accountable for project management, design coordination and development, and technical review and implementation, while working in collaboration with a Senior Project Architect or Principal. Primary responsibilities include developing deliverables, coordinating disciplines, and supervising document production by junior staff.
Successful candidates for this opportunity will have experience in coordinating architectural, structural, civil, and MEP designers in the preparation of drawings and specifications along with the construction of the facilities.


  • Works with senior managers to create the project work plan, and helps lead the project team to deliver projects according to the schedule and budget.
  • Translates conceptual design sketches into schematic design drawings, demonstrating a keen understanding of basic building elements, program and area delineation, schematic structural layout, and prototypical program elements.
  • Ensures the overall design intent is reflected in production drawings.
  • Coordinates development of drawings among internal staff, and with outside consultants and other project team members.
  • Regularly communicates with project team members, client representatives, government officials, to confirm design requirements and specifications, for progress checks, and to respond to queries and requests. Proactively identifies issues for resolution, and works with manager to constructively resolve issues.
  • Undertakes thorough checks of deliverables to ensure they meet protocols for quality control, graphic standards, and best practices.
  • Conducts analysis of zoning and building code compliance through each phase of design, including periodic checks and re-issuance of zoning and project data sheets.
  • Performs as a team leader on certain projects, and mentors junior staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Preferred minimum five (5) years’ experience, either licensed or working towards becoming licensed with a professional Bachelors or Master’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, SketchUp (preferred) and Microsoft Office Suite. Photoshop, Illustrator, or Corel Draw would also be helpful.
  • Thorough understanding of architectural building systems, materials, construction techniques, building codes, and sustainable practices.
  • Ability to creatively devise solutions to work around existing conditions and other limitations, and present multiple ways to respond to a given set of design challenges.
  • Ability to work together as a member of a team for a common purpose or benefit while working individually on given tasks.
  • Job requires consistency of actions, methods, principles, expectations, and outcomes. Requires being reliable, responsible, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Ability to adapt to variety in the workplace, and a willingness to take on new responsibilities and challenges.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
For consideration, please include a sample portfolio and resume to Lara del Peral.

Lara del Peral
Gillespie Design Group
5307 Business Parkway, Suite 101
Ringwood, IL 60072
815-653-7700 FAX