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Burns & McDonnell Staff Architect - Mission Critical (Boston) in Newton, Massachusetts


Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 8,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants, and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be on Fortune’s 2020 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Burns & McDonnell has exciting opportunities for those interested in growing their careers in one of the most fast paced, innovative sectors of high tech building design and construction. Project focus would be mission-critical data center projects. This opportunity hires directly into our Mission Critical team and into a multibillion-dollar industry that is growing at an exponential rate. Data Centers are an aggressive market for Burns & McDonnell and are highlighted by several priority articles on our site. Mission Critical is an international practice for Burns & McDonnell that involves exciting, collaborative work across many different departments.

Burns & McDonnell is actively recruiting Senior Architects with 8 years of experience to help shape our Mission Critical / Commercial / Higher Ed Studio in our well established Chicago office. This position offers unique opportunities for both personal and professional growth by offering a wide-range of project responsibilities and team leadership roles. The ideal candidate will be a team-leading, highly-motivated individual seeking progressively more responsible assignments. Architecture at Burns & McDonnell is a different. Every studio has a goal to not only deliver design excellence but construct it! Senior Architects with a desire to lead a multidisciplinary team which includes in-house engineers, scientists and builders are encouraged to apply!


  • Provide project team leadership and coordination for finished plans, specification, and material selections; ensure design intent is incorporated into the construction documentation.

  • Mentor and lead teams in the production of accurate technical and contract documentation for project construction.

  • Mentor and lead construction administration duties including; bid review and support, site visits, address technical issues, and improve quality during construction.

  • Work with government and regulatory agencies to achieve overall project schedule and objectives.

  • Manage, mentor and recruit talent including resources to produce 3D software renderings and critical presentations.


  • Bachelor's degree in architecture from accredited program.

  • Minimum 4 years related experience (completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience).

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

  • Previous consulting experience preferred.

  • Proficient in Autocad & Microstation.

  • Demonstrated progress toward becoming a Registered Architect.


Job Architecture

Primary Location US-MA-Newton

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 213929