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Associate Architect

Note: This posting will accept applications until 1/1/2024. Please apply as soon as possible.


Are you professional registered architect that is passionate about doing work that matters and making a difference, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our communities? Do you have experience in project design, code compliance, and/or construction management and are looking for a unique opportunity that exposes you to a wide variety of interesting projects and allows you to be a part of leading industry trends in one of the nation’s most progressive Cities? The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Development Services Division as an Associate Architect. We offer excellent work/life balance, growth potential, and unmatched benefits including a pension plan for life. Apply today to join the amazing team here at Community Planning and Development!


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BUILDING COMMUNITY: Denver Community Planning and Development is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building. CPD regulates planning, zoning, development, and maintenance of private property in Denver. We're working hard to make Denver a great place to live, work and play! and


As the Associate Architect, you will perform intermediate level professional work by administering and monitoring building construction projects of limited complexity and reviews design and construction documents for adherence to regulatory compliance. This is a crucial role that will have an impact throughout Denver by reviewing and evaluating construction documents to ensure compliance to multiple Building codes and standards for various buildings and structures throughout the City and County of Denver.


Schedule: Hybrid, must work at least 3 days in office per week.  9/80 flex option available after successful completion of 6-month probation.


Key Responsibilities will include:

Review and evaluate architectural construction documents submitted for approval utilizing applicable codes, standards, guidelines, laws, appropriate municipal ordinances, and construction standards, determine review fees, and authorize the release of approved documents for city permits and construction

Provide timely oral and/or written communication detailing design and/or construction deficiencies in plans and specifications

Interact with the public, professional design consultants, project managers, contractors, and elected officials to communicate permit application procedures and regulatory and code requirements and interpretations

Participate in design coordination meetings regarding development projects in order to guide the development process, ensure timely approval and completion of projects, and resolve any problem areas

Assist inspectors with interpretation of difficult or unusual code compliance issues and answer questions from inspectors about plan review comments

Participate in recommending and establishing policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines and evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods, policies, procedures, and propose local and national model code modifications


About You


We value diverse perspectives and encourage candidates to apply even if you don't have all the desired skills. If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, we encourage you to apply and to consider joining our team! 


Our ideal candidate has/is:

At least two (2) years of professional architecture experience as a registered architect (project design, code compliance, and/or construction management)

Experience evaluating, building life-safety performance, accessibility compliance, and thermal-envelope performance

Experience with commercial building projects

Code compliance experience – building, entitlement, life safety, energy (preferred experience/knowledge in codes, or the willingness and ability to learn)

Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills

Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing

Efficiently demonstrate excellent time/work management skills; and work well under pressure and triage deadlines

Solution based problem solver that can envision various outcomes and plan accordingly to mitigate risky outcomes, while having strong attention to detail and be highly organized

Certification as a Building Plans Examiner by ICC

Familiarity with Accela Permit Tracking System, Microsoft Office Suite, and Bluebeam Revu


We recognize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Education requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Architecture

Experience Requirement: Two (2) years of professional architecture experience

Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education

Additional appropriate education may be substituted for experience requirements

Registration as an Architect by the Colorado State Board of Registration at the time of application. Registration as an Architect by another state will be accepted in lieu of this requirement provided that the applicant has Colorado registration by the end of the probationary period

Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment


To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):


Cover Letter about your architectural experience performing plan review, project design, and/or construction management work