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IS Architecture, an award-winning architectural and preservation planning firm in San Diego, is looking for a passionate Historic Preservation Specialist / Architectural Historian to join our team. We are a ten-person firm with established specialties in residential, institutional, and governmental architecture and built environment preservation services. Our firm has been acknowledged as a leader in California with over 50 awards, including AIA California’s Distinguished Practice Award for Historic Preservation. Past projects include local and national register nominations, mitigation reporting, historic context statements, historic structure reports and survey work. Our firm’s vision is to create a society where innovative and sustainable planning and architecture respects the context of our built environment.
The Historic Preservation Specialist / Architectural Historian position will report directly to the Principal and immediately be immersed and focused on technical preservation studies, including historic structure reports (HSRs), determinations of eligibility, Section 106 findings, and local resource nominations. You will collaborate with Architects and Designers in a creative and professional office setting. IS Architecture frequently has a range of client types- from individual homeowners and civic institutions to large government entities. We work primarily throughout Southern California and Nevada. We value critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and a passion for the details.
Skills and Knowledge:
Your contribution is vital to our purpose of shaping our community and environment by enriching the human experience, conserving resources, and respecting heritage. With your research abilities, outstanding communication skills, and knowledge of National Register criteria for evaluation and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, you will help us create outstanding projects. You should be qualified under the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR Part 61) for architectural history (preferred), history, and/or historic architecture and have four plus years of experience in the field with a graduate-level certificate or degree in Historic Preservation or related field.
You will be balancing long and short-term projects, the needs of our architects/designers, while contributing to business development and department management.
Technical Preservation Duties (75%)
· Conduct historical research online and in local archives/repositories
· Field survey and recordation of built resources
· Develop contextual analyses
· Write technical reports
Management Duties (10%)
· Tracking project budgets and timelines
· Quality assuring reports prior to passing to Principal
· Consult with other departments regarding historic preservation philosophy and approach
Business Development and Marketing Duties (15%)
· New client interviews and client management
· Proposal writing and RFP responses
· Contribute to or lead business development endeavors by preparing scopes of work, budgets, proposals, statements of qualifications, and presentations to clients, in collaboration with Principal.
The position requires occasional field work and out-of-town travel.