Senior Architect

Requisition ID:  274072

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework
  • Work Location: Reston, VA 
  • Employee Referral Amount: $2,500.00 
  • Requisition Posting End Date: 05/27/2024 

 Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world’s infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customer’s objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining and Metals; and Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.


Core to Bechtel are our values-ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants-integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers expect, and how we deliver.

Position Summar

Bechtel is the licensing, engineering, procurement, and construction partner on TerraPower’s Natrium team. Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, Natrium is participating in a DOE initiative to re-establish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy that provides matching funding to industry to design and build an operational advanced reactor. TerraPower, a leading advanced generation technology company founded by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, will be deploying its 345 MWe sodium fast reactor (SFR), called Natrium. The Natrium plant features an advanced, cost-competitive reactor design that is safer, simpler, easier and less costly to construct, less expensive to operate, and able to provide energy that is competitive with fossil fuels. It also features an innovative molten salt energy storage system designed to be complementary to solar and wind power by evening out the peaks and valleys in production when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. With the reactor and energy storage output combined, the plant can produce more than 500 MWe of power.


Other Team Natrium partners include GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Energy Northwest, PacifiCorp, and Duke Energy, along with support from a number of national laboratories and universities. This DOE Program has the potential to be the largest funding program for advanced nuclear power in U.S. history and will shape the future of nuclear energy for decades. We invite you to join our team for this historic and interesting opportunity! Positions will be in Reston.



The successful candidate must have strong organizational and teamwork skills, proven problem-solving abilities, a can-do attitude, and the desire to innovate designs.

  • Preparation of original architectural designs layouts, details, drawings and specifications for buildings Plans, schedules, conducts or coordinates detailed phases of the architectural work.
  • Understand and perform the standard architectural work planning, scheduling, and job hour estimating process.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with quality requirements.
  • Review and check the work of other architects as assigned.
  • As directed, supervise, coordinate, provide technical direction and assign work to subordinate architects and designers.
  • Coordinate and integrate design work between the architectural discipline and other engineering disciplines.
  • Review and approve key design documents, supplier drawings and data, material specifications, drawings, and change orders.
  • Prepare procurement and subcontract requisition documents and perform associated technical bid evaluations with award recommendations.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of cost estimates and quantity take-offs for architectural elements.
  • Resolve technical issues with customers and construction.
  • Participates in and fosters a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and job satisfaction.
  • Embodies a commitment to external and internal client service.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 1: BS degree in Architecture, from an accredited university, with at least 6 years of relevant experience or in lieu of a degree 12 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Level 2: BS degree in Architecture, from an accredited university, with at least 9 years of relevant experience or in lieu of a degree 15 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Registered Architect in the United States.
  • US citizenship or legal resident.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experienced with architectural design, production techniques, building materials, and construction methods or development of project deliverables.
  • Understands technical issues and costs related to the selection of design features and unique architectural requirements.
  • Proficient with the practices and procedures of NFPA, OSHA, ANSI, IBC, UFCs, and the USGBC LEED Rating System.
  • Perform code reviews and generate code compliance reports/ drawings.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication.
  • Communicates complex technical issues and recommends solutions.
  • Demonstrated graphic presentation skills.
  • Understanding of engineering planning and control methods.
  • Experienced with producing a full, well-coordinated, detailed set of architectural construction documents.
  • Experienced in coordinating a multi-discipline design team.
  • Proficient with Autodesk design suite (e.g. Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD) to originate 3D model content and produce design deliverables in a multidisciplinary model environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and Sketchup.
  • Experienced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite- Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Experience with developing CSI MasterFormat specifications or SpecsIntact preferred.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable in the principles of Systems Engineering.
  • Necessary skills to present technical subjects with competence and confidence.
  • Experience in the design of Nuclear facilities.
  • Master’s degree in Architecture from an accredited university.
  • LEED AP certified professional.
  • Willingness to relocate after assignment completion.


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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