Project Design Assistant (Historic Sites Division)

Firm Name: 
Texas Historical Commission



Assist the Historic Sites Division Chief Architect with routine or moderately complex (journey-level) architectural work. Work involves developing and managing preservation, rehabilitation, new construction and maintenance projects located throughout the state for the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Work under the supervision of the Chief Architect, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Assist Chief Architect in overseeing the development of architectural plans and specifications for repair and restoration of the state’s historic sites to ensure compliance with sound architectural and historic preservation practice, established standards, and applicable codes and regulations.
  • Inspect existing buildings and develop treatment and repair recommendations.
  • Prepare conceptual plans, feasibility studies and Construction Documents using AutoCAD and SketchUp software.
  • Review the work of contracted architects, engineers and other related consultants.
  • Assist in developing solicitation documents and monitoring the bidding and contracting processes.
  • Assist in performing Construction Contract Administration duties during the project construction phase.
  • Catalog and maintain project record documents.
  • Assist in conducting inspections for compliance with laws and specifications.
  • Track building conditions and cyclical maintenance activities.
  • Provide technical information and architectural consultation to field staff at State historic sites.
  • Participate in planning for collections care, interpretation, and educational programs, as needed.
  • Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  • Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.

Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications is met):

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Architecture or a related field;
  • Minimum one-year work experience in a professional office environment assisting in the preparation of Construction Documents and/or assisting in the performance of Construction Contract Administration duties;
  • Ability to utilize AutoCAD proficiently (2D only);
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.


  • Master’s degree in Architecture, with an emphasis on Historic Preservation or Architectural History;
  • Experience in applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties;
  • Skill in using SketchUp to produce 3D renderings.


  • Knowledge of architectural and design principles, techniques, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of both contemporary and historic building materials and construction methods;
  • Knowledge of building and life safety codes, especially in relationship to historic properties;
  • Familiarity with Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) standards and practices;
  • Effective verbal and written communication, human relations and organizational skills;
  • Effective critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with diverse groups of people;
  • Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers;
  • Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database and spreadsheet software;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to visualize architectural designs; to apply architectural concepts; to plan, coordinate, and monitor projects; and to communicate effectively;
  • Ability to analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and recommend effective solutions;
  • Ability to process information in a logical manner and to assess validity;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure while maintaining close attention to detail;
  • Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.

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