Architect III

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Texas Department of Transportation

Performs highly advanced and complex architectural work to include space planning, design, CAD drafting, and construction administration for facilities, and may have oversight of statewide agency programs. Work may involve forecasting, strategic planning, development, coordination and implementation of programs. Work requires contact and/or coordination with division and district personnel, governmental officials and private entities. Employees at this level are virtually self-supervising and assume direct accountability for the work product.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Coordinates with consultants, construction firms, governmental representatives and the public to accurately depict and minimize project impacts.
  • Develops and prepares consultant contracts, work authorizations and supplemental work authorizations and negotiates fees.
  • May serve as a lead worker.
  • Oversees and/or prepares plans, specifications and estimates and seals, bids and performs construction administration of routine facilities contracts (RFCs).
  • Oversees construction contract administration, work progress, bonding and insurance requirements, approval of monthly payments and project close out and final acceptance.
  • Responsible for and performs work involving highly advanced and complex architectural projects, including plans, specifications, estimates and bid letting.
  • Reviews consultant's plans, specifications and estimates, construction and design documents, policies and procedures, standards or guidelines.
  • Serves as consultant to staff facility engineers and oversees the coordination of architectural work with engineering staff and technical support associates.
  • Trains and mentors less experience Registered Architects and/or Architect Assistants and schedules and monitors professional training and development.
  • Travels/drives to make on-site reviews, inspections and analysis.
  • Performs other job responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Communicate effectively
  • Architectural fundamentals and applications
  • Design and plan preparation methods and requirements
  • Program/project planning, development and management methodologies
  • Applicable industry safety standards, guidelines and specification codes
  • Contract development and management policies and procedures
  • Applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Exercises logic and reasoning to define problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; makes decisions that support business objectives and goals
  • Reviewing plans for accuracy and ensuring compliance with requirements
  • Planning, assigning, directing, coordinating and reviewing the work of professional, administrative and technical employees
  • Leading, assigning, reviewing and monitoring the work of others
  • Prioritizing projects/workload and meeting deadlines
  • Analyzing and organizing business and technical data
  • Interpreting applicable information
  • The use of personal computers and applicable programs, applications and systems


  • 6 years in Architecture-related work (Experience can be satisfied by full-time or prorated part-time equivalent)
  • No supervisory experience required.
  • Related graduate level education may be substituted for experience on a year per year basis.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture

License or certification

  • Registered Professional Architect
    • Must be registered by the State of Texas as a professional architect.(Architects registered in another, but not currently registered in the State of Texas, must (1) meet the registration requirements of the Rules and Regulations of the Board Regulating the Practice of Architecture, (2) obtain a professional architect registration from the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners within six(6) months of the date of hire, and (3) sign an agreement to that effect as a condition of employment.)
  • Valid Driver License
  • Safety Impact Certificate

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