At LPA we look at our ability to change our world every day on every project that we are involved in. We believe that great projects require us to be seamless in our response towards the creation of people inspired sustainable places and spaces. Our in-house integrated design teams are made up of industry leading architects, engineers and designers, whose work are producing projects that inspire, enrich and prove that great design and sustainability are exceptional partners. We currently have 6 offices, located in Irvine, San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, San Antonio, and our newest office has recently been opened in Dallas.

This is a unique chance to join the Inspire Design (ID) group within LPA. The ID team is a group of designers and technical staff that partners with project teams to make them run smoothly. ID manages network infrastructure, desktop computers, design software, research and development of new technologies and workflows and everything in between. As a Design Specialist you will be involved in project kickoff meetings and day to day support for architectural and engineering designers. From onboarding to training to lessons learned you will have a chance to engage with all project types and all phases.

The ID Design Senior Specialist, is a critical forward-thinking part of LPA | ID, which partners with designers to inspire the design process through technology, workflows and digital tools. The Design Senior Specialist will focus on the advancement of technology through collaboration with designers to inspire and advance the use of building information modeling (BIM), computer aided design (CAD) and project information management (PIM) software. Collaboration with several disciplines, including civil, landscape, architecture, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and low voltage in addition to other members of ID will be essential to the pursuit of LPA’s approach to informed design.

Responsibilities

  • Review and assist with escalated requests for assistance with design software and projects.
  • Develop and communicate, through documentation and education, best practices as learned from previous projects and support requests.
  • Partner with designers to identify workflow improvements.
  • Evaluate and forecast emerging technologies.
  • Determine and coordinate updates and software deployment requirements and steps.
  • Develop, evaluate and/or provide education related to design technologies in collaboration with designers.
  • Coordinate deployment of design and engineering software.
  • Initiate and setup project related BIM Kickoff meetings.
  • Promote and evaluate the development of high quality models through model review and maintenance.
  • Coordinate the interoperability of CAD, graphics and modeling tools.
  • Conduct research and development or professional development focused on current workflows and software that advances the partnership between ID and designers.
  • Engage with project teams for limited engagements on project specific work.
  • Provide leadership for the maintenance and development of the CAD, BIM and rendering libraries.

Requirements

  • At least 3-5 years of experience
  • Expert knowledge of Revit, SketchUp and AutoCAD Architecture.
  • Passion for and ability to promote BIM/CAD technologies and practices.
  • Passion for great customer service.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and build relationships.
  • Effectiveness in working with others and offering assistance when needed.
  • Proven ability to thrive in highly collaborative environments.
  • Proven ability to manage several projects and establish priorities.
  • Ability to conduct limited amounts of travel.
  • Organized and methodical with a resourceful capacity for resolving challenges.
  • Ability to manage others for short and medium term projects within ID.
  • Experience implementing, supporting or practicing BIM in a medium to large sized firm.
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Strong, self-motivated work ethic with ability to be effective and timely while providing consistent follow up.
  • Organized and methodical with a resourceful capacity for resolving challenges.

Desired Skills

  • Superior knowledge of AutoCAD Architecture, MEP and/ or Civil 3d.
  • Experience with AutoCAD Acritude, MEP and/ or Civil 3d.
  • Experience with other design software such as Lumion, vRay, Podium and Rhino + Zoo
  • Experience with engineering software such as EnergyPro, Trace 700, AGI 32, etc.
  • Experience with Newforma Project Center, Navisworks, AutoCAD MEP, SpecLink-e, Sefaira, Insight 360, EnergyPro or SharePoint.
  • Competence with licensing hardware and software.

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