Project Design Assistant; Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission, located in Austin, is the base of operations for many programs that support historic preservation across our state. Our staff is knowledgeable and passionate about our historic sites, Main Streets, courthouses, cemeteries, military history, archeological resources and much more.

Currently we need a new staff member to provide architectural and graphic design assistance to the 87 participating Main Street communities. This position offers an opportunity to help preserve and promote the state’s heritage with occasional travel and frequent interaction with community leaders as well as building and business owners. The successful candidate will serve as part of the design staff for the Texas Main Street Program concentrating on the revitalization of historic downtowns across the state. Performs moderately complex design and architectural assistance work with an emphasis on historic commercial buildings. Work involves providing assistance in an office and field setting and taking a leadership position in encouraging higher-level rehabilitation and restoration work in Main Street districts. Assists in the preparation of public design presentations and may occasionally train others. Self-starting; works under moderate supervision and direction of the Texas Main Street Program state coordinator and licensed Main Street architect. Occasional travel required, averaging one night per month with the ability to control the schedule.

Examples of Work Performed

Drafting and design function, with frequent and building research. Suggests designs and design solutions to building owners statewide and as part of a design team and the state coordinating Main Street program. Design suggestions relate to maintaining, rehabilitating and restoring historic commercial buildings and districts. Architectural and graphic design skills are required for the preparation of signs, logos, or murals relating to historic commercial buildings. Prepares reports providing design solutions to property owners with varying budgets and scope, from new paint schemes and signs to full rehabilitation. Prepares technical briefs as necessary for use as a training tool. Is able to expertly train local program participants and property owners both in person and through written communications in understanding both basic and higher-level preservation practices and principles and is able to convert those principles into recommendations for appropriate preservation work. Perform work both independently and as part of a design team.

General Qualifications

Experience in professional architectural work preferred. Knowledge of architectural principles, techniques and procedures. Knowledge of historic materials and construction techniques. Minimum requirements include graduation from an accredited college or university with a pre-professional or professional, architecture or historic preservation-related degree. A professional degree in architecture is preferred. Specialization or experience in historic preservation is preferred. Significant and relevant construction, architectural, preservation, or graphic design experience can be substituted for degree(s) in exceptional cases. Architectural design ability is required and graphic design expertise is preferred. Skilled in the use of standard tools of the profession and in interpreting architectural plans and specifications is required. Ability to perform drafting and design functions and to train others. Experience in Adobe Photoshop™, Illustrator™ and/or SketchUp™. Free-hand drawing capabilities is a plus. Evidence of architectural project and/or basic construction management experience is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and skill with interpreting the Standards.
  • Knowledge or experience related to sustainable design or LEED is beneficial.
  • Digital graphic presentation skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Effective communication skills graphically, in writing, and verbally.

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