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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 since 2006, 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 are always looking for talented individuals to advance the strategic goals of our firm. If you are a big picture thinker with unique technical skills, we'd like to consider your application.

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


  • Your Degree: Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or equivalent in education and experience required for professional licensure. Master’s Degree in Architecture preferred.
  • Your Licensure: Working toward registration and licensure with strong commitment to continuous learning. Must be committed to passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) and completing the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). NCARB registration preferred. Associate AIA preferred. CSI-CDT certification preferred (and training provided). LEED GA certification preferred.
  • Your Knowledge and Experience:
    • 1 to 5 years of architectural experience.
    • Basic knowledge of the architectural design and documentation process. Basic knowledge of architectural building systems. Basic knowledge of sustainability and other trends in the design/construction industry.
    • Willingness to learn and participate in the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) processes.
    • Basic knowledge of applicable codes (and willingness to learn) along with ability to assist in conducting research for requirements that may need to be incorporated into technical documents.
  • Your Technical Skills:
    • Strong knowledge of SketchUp, Revit/AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign are required. Experience in producing construction documents preferred.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.


  • Customer Focus – You are dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; you get first-hand customer information and use it for improvements in products and services; you act with customers in mind; you establish and maintain effective relationships with customers and gain their trust and respect.
  • Functional/Technical Skills – You have the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Interpersonal Savvy – You relate well to all kinds of people—up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; you build appropriate rapport; you build constructive and effective relationships; you use diplomacy and tact; you can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly—You learn quickly when facing new problems; you are a relentless and versatile learner; you are open to change; you analyze both successes and failures for clues to improvement; you experience and will try anything to find solutions; you enjoy the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; you quickly grasp the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
  • Peer Relationships – You can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; you can represent your own interests and yet be fair to other groups; you can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; you are seen as a team player and are cooperative; you easily gain trust and support of peers; you encourage collaboration; you can be candid with peers.
  • Priority Setting – You spend your time and the time of others on what’s important; you quickly zero in on the critical few and put the trivial many aside; you quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; you eliminate roadblocks and create focus.
  • Self-Development – You are personally committed to and actively work to continuously improve yourself; you understand that different situations and levels may call for different skills and approaches; you work to deploy strengths; you work on compensating for weaknesses and limits.
  • Technical Learning – You pick up on technical things quickly; you can learn new skills and knowledge; you are good at learning new industry, company, products or technical knowledge; you do well in technical courses and seminars.
  • Time Management – You use your time effectively and efficiently; you value time; you concentrate your efforts on the more important priorities; you get more done in less time than others; you can attend to a broader range of activities.
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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