Project Architect – Posted March 12, 2024

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


  • Creation and development of design standards to be worked into the larger organization’s brand and color guidelines.
  • Turning conceptual ideas into tangible project outcomes.
  • Assist in updating the archive system for past projects.
  • Manage small projects, developing design documents to be communicated with in-house staff and/or outside contractors for renovation and new park improvements.
  • Develop Program and concept requirements for capital improvement projects in conjunction with key stakeholders.
  • Involvement in executing annual operational and capital project loads.
  • Performs Construction Administrative duties as it relates to capital and operational projects.
  • Performs and documents final punch list to be coordinated with Construction Manager.
  • Management and oversight of third-party design services.
  • Understanding the value of a project based on conceptual requirements and ability to communicate said value with senior leadership.
  • Design and manage projects to specified schedule and budget requirements.
  • Maintain any existing certifications and keep up with current architectural trends and advancements in the industry.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams within the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks to include but not limited to animal care, facilities, construction, golf course, water park, The Wilds, education, and guest relations teams.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks.
  • Prioritized implementing sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture required.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience past graduation.
  • Architecture license preferred but not required.
  • Experience with managing design projects preferred.
  • Confident in understanding and navigating the Building Code.
  • Confident in understanding ADA guidelines and requirements.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication required.
  • Familiar with sustainable design standards and practices.
  • Comfortable within the development of site design.
  • Understanding the design cycle from Program Development through Construction Documents and into construction administration.
  • Computer skills should include AutoCAD, ReVit, Illustrator, Photoshop and SketchUp.
  • Additional desired computer skills: Bluebeam Revu, Excel, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft One Drive and Microsoft TEAMS.
  • Basic understanding of Project Management Professional (PMP) guidelines.
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required.
  • Embracing the DEIAB initiatives of the organization.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by interacting with guests positively and upholding the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Columbus Zoo Family of Parks team members and contacts regarding company business required.
  • Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required.
  • Possession of a valid state-issued motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Ability to adhere to the Columbus Zoo Family of Parks’ drug-free workplace policy including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, and follow-up treatment required.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.

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