Forensic Architect

Full Time

Nelson Forensics is seeking to add qualified, confident, personable, and communicative Architects to its team of experts.

The qualified candidate will conduct forensic investigations in accordance with the scientific method, utilizing detailed field investigation techniques and command of core construction principles. The position affords the candidate experience with a wide breadth of project types, varying in size, duration, and complexity; while providing the opportunity to develop depth in personally desired areas of expertise.

Candidates must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Conduct investigations to determine the cause and origin of failures, damages, and defects for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings due to a wide range of perils;
  • Prepare scopes for remediation and/or design documents for repair of existing structures;
  • Perform evaluations of existing buildings and review construction documents for new buildings to determine code conformance (IBC, IECC, handicap codes, etc.);
  • Review information to investigate the standards of care pertaining to various participants during the design and construction of building projects;
  • Prepare clear, concise, cohesive, accurate, and defensible reports;
  • Communicate regularly and directly with a variety of clients;¬†Manage concurrent projects with varying sizes, scopes, client types, and durations;
  • Provide deposition, mediation, arbitration and/or trial testimony.

Position Requirements:

  • Strong command of fundamental building envelope principals, such as role of the water resistant barrier, proper window/door flashing, proper roof/wall flashing, etc.;
  • Working knowledge of building codes and ability to conduct independent research of codes, standards, and other technical references;
  • Knowledge or experience with the creation of construction documents, contracts, ASI’s, RFI’s, Contractor Request for Payments, punch lists, Substantial Completion forms, etc.;
  • An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the various participants in the construction process; including the architect, the contractor, the consultants, the subcontractors, etc.;
  • Strong analytical skills and the desire and ability to tackle complex problems;
  • The ability to clearly communicate architectural issues, verbally and in writing, to audiences with varying technical proficiency;
  • Desire and ability to multi-task;
  • Prompt responsiveness to inquiries from peers and clients, sometimes outside of normal working hours;
  • Flexibility with respect to work schedule and travel.¬† Travel is a requirement of the position, occasionally with little advance notice;
  • Desire to continually develop and refine technical knowledge through targeted continuing education.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Architecture degree required;
  • Master of Architecture a plus;
  • Active architectural license acquired by the ARE required;
  • Five to ten years of architectural design experience preferred; candidates with less will be considered;
  • NCARB accreditation desired.

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