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🔗Staff Architect

  • Full Time
  • Charleston, SC
  • $77,067.98 - $80,921.38 USD / Year
  • April 26, 2024
  • Department: Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability
  • Job Reference #: 202101210
  • Job Summary: The City of Charleston is hiring a staff architect position. In this role, you will implement City principles, policies, plans, and programs related to historic preservation and urban design.
  • Job Qualifications:
    • The ideal candidate will be civic minded with a passion for Charleston.
    • Masters in Architecture or equivalent preferred and 2 years of related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Familiarity with principles of historic preservation architecture.
    • Valid driver’s license.
  • How to Apply:

    Please apply via the City of Charleston’s application website. Please complete the application and upload your cover letter, resume, and any other helpful information.

  • Job benefits: Health, Paid time off, Insurance, State retirement, etc
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Environment: Office work, site visits, etc.
  • Application URL:
  • Application Phone #: 843-724-7388
  • Application Address: 75 Calhoun Street Suite 3600 Charleston, South Carolina, 29401

Website City of Charleston

The Staff Architect will work in the Planning Department’s Preservation Division and will be part of a team responsible for administrating the Board of Architectural Review within Charleston’s historic districts and Landmark Overlay properties. The division is also responsible for the administration of the Design Review Board, which oversees the design and alterations of properties outside the city’s historic districts. In addition, the division assists and offers guidance for the community on matters of historic preservation and urban design.

Examples of Duties:

  • In this position you will confer with the City Architect to review architectural proposals for new construction and/or historic rehabilitation/restoration projects in the City.
  • Conduct site visits and inspections of construction projects to ensure compliance with approvals.
  • Review final detailed construction documents for compliance with approvals prior to issuance of a Building Permit.
  • Implement City planning principles and zoning ordinances, focusing on a particular aspect of the program, such as land use or historical resources.
  • Prepare research and gathers data to assist in zoning-related recommendations to boards and commissions.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries regarding city plans and zoning ordinances.
  • Investigate potential violations of the city’s preservation ordinances.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
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