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Graduate Architect 

About the Organization What is it you want out of your career?

If you're looking for an opportunity to grow, to be challenged, to work hard and to be part of a growing team, then Progressive AE may be the place for you. We work hard to surround ourselves with professionals who are more than just good at their job. We want engineers, architects, designers and support staff who have a desire to help shape our company. We need colleagues who will help us grow by thinking outside their job description. The work we do here is challenging, and sometimes the hours are long. But we're committed to serving our clients and providing the best solutions possible.

Progressive AE is a full-service, forward-thinking design firm. With offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, we work on projects around the country that offer a variety and challenge you won't find at many other firms. And we don't relegate creativity just to 'creatives'-we encourage original thinking in every part of the organization-from support staff to engineering.

Since we're an employee-owned company, you'll be able to see the benefits of your hard work. And in return, we'll invest in you. This includes an in-depth wellness program with fitness classes and health coaching, flexible schedules, continuing education, mentorship, volunteer opportunities and internal leadership positions. In fact, we've been named one of the Best & Brightest Places to Work for more than 12 straight years, named Business Leader of the Year, received the Community and Educational Partnership Awards, and are the proud winners of the Governor's Fitness Award.

We want to be the best. Are you right person to help us?
Category Architecture  
Location Charlotte, NC  


Progressive AE's multi-family housing and retail team is growing! We're looking for a Graduate Architect with strong Revit and AutoCAD skills and 3 years of experience to help support our growing housing and retail group.

  • You are an aspiring professional that has completed your formal Architectural education and are working toward Architectural Registration.
  • You will support the Architectural team in helping to develop design concepts and create accurate documentation in all phases within the established design principles, project budget, and schedule.
  • You should possess a good knowledge of generating and translating design concepts into final solutions and have the ability to work well within a multi-disciplinary project team. You will receive the assistance necessary to fulfill the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and become licensed.


Project Quality

  • Act as an active team member in all phases of the design process including predesign, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, bidding and construction administration.
  • Assist in the development of design, graphic presentations, and 3D renderings.
  • Utilize hand sketching techniques to communicate design concepts.
  • Participate in Design charrettes.
  • Assist in preparation of documentation in all phases of the design process.
  • Assist the architectural staff with the conceptual and technical design documentation of projects.
  • Support in the coordination of building systems with consultants, confirmation of conformance with all applicable codes, and support the interface with municipal building department and other governing agency officials to coordinate approvals with senior staff.
  • Provide technical design support to project team members.
  • Participate in the development of project specifications and their coordination with the drawings.
  • Check completed reports, submittals, drawings, estimates and calculations for accuracy with support from senior staff.
  • Support communication and coordination with all disciplines, consultants, vendors, and contractors to ensure adherence to the contract documents and provide support as necessary.
  • Self-check work for accuracy, completeness and clarity prior to review by senior staff.
  • Seek to learn the overall strategy for producing the documents and assists in identifying the content of the deliverables at each stage of the work.
  • Coordinate the use of shared electronic documentation/ files with internal and external project team members including clients, contractors and consultants.
  • Accompany and assist others in the conduction of field observations to monitor progress of construction.
  • Assist in executing changes to the contract documents.
  • Act as an ambassador for company-wide values and ethical standards of practice.
  • Attend professional development activities including “Lessons Learned” sessions.


  • Work with senior staff to ensure your work effort is in line with the overall project budget.

Commitment to Client Service

  • Understand the need for professionalism and exhibits a commitment to external and internal client service.
Position Requirements


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or equivalent in education and experience required for professional licensure. Master’s Degree in Architecture, preferred.
  2. 3 - 5 years of post-graduate architectural experience.
  3. Working toward registration and licensure. Must be committed to passing required exams and completing Architectural Experience Program [AXP].
  4. NCARB registration, preferred.
  5. Associate AIA, preferred.
  6. Committed to continuous learning. You will be asked to seek additional certifications, including but not limited to, CSI-CDT and LEED-AP
  7. Basic knowledge of the architectural design and documentation process. Some knowledge of architectural building systems. Some knowledge of sustainability and other trends in the design/construction industry.
  8. Willingness to learn and participate in quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) processes.
  9. Willingness to learn building codes and ability to assist in conducting research into requirements that may need to be incorporated into technical documents.
  10. Strong skills in SketchUp, Revit/AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign are required.
  11. Some proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  12. Must possess the ability to communicate and collaborate professionally with people both internally and externally at all levels of the organization(s) they represent.
  13. Ability to work effectively with project team members.
  14. Must have the ability to effectively meet deadlines
  15. Self-motivated with proven ability to:
    • Multi-task and work well under tight deadlines.
    • Exhibit foresight in recognizing potential problems and pro-actively develop solutions.
    • Desire to learn, take leadership and grow within the organization.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement Progressive AE is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment practices. Progressive AE strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, disability, age, qualified veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants with a disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may email for assistance. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

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