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Design Technology Specialist LA / SFO (West Coast)

Department: Information Technology
Location: San Francisco, CA

Description: The Design+Technology Specialist role is to advance the efficacy of the firmís design initiatives in the execution of its projects. The Design+Technology Specialist will leverage strong knowledge of AEC industry standards, tools and practices to support and improve workflow collaboration and efficiencies throughout project delivery.

Function: Applications Team Member within the Information Technology Department

Reporting to: IT Applications & Services Manager

Education: Professional Degree: Bachelor or Master of Architecture

Experience: 5+ years design/production/support experience with: AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, 3ds Max Design, SketchUp, Rhino and supporting tools incl. Newforma, Bluebeam, V-Ray, Podium, Sefaira, etc. Proficiency in use and support of MS PowerPoint as a presentation tool and Adobe Creative Cloud/Suite of applications, incl. Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, etc.Familiarity with Autodesk Revit API & Dynamo, as well as Grasshopper for Rhino, are pluses. Familiarity with use of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality tools and platforms, a plus.

3 of 5+ years of experience as a Project BIM Lead providing direct CAD/BIM support to project teams, involving team/project guidance and solutions development and/or as a fulltime BIM/Revit Support Specialist at an office, region or firm wide level.General Responsibilities:

  • Self-manage and deliver on selected and assigned tasks, projects and group initiatives.
  • Provide second tier customer support to design/production staff across multiple offices.
  • When and where applicable, coordinate support between external vendors and internal staff.
  • Train and educate staff in the use of design tools, company standards and best practices.
  • Coordinate efforts in development, testing and implementation of design tools and services.
  • Develop and ratify interoperability workflows between various design applications/platforms.
  • Support render farm job management and use of cross platform render plug-ins & workflows.
  • Develop recommendations and best practices in the use of 3D Printing and Laser Cutting tools.
  • Create and review Design+Technology learning materials (How Toís, User Guides, etc.)
  • Maintain high awareness of related design software, (incl. add-ons, plug-ins, apps, etc.)
  • Liaise with firm-wide BIM Leads, Digital Practice Group, Sustainability and Specifications groups.
  • May involve some travel between regional offices and or project sites for training and support.

BIM Responsibilities:

  • Provide BIM support across multiple projects, office locations and project sites.Perform post-training, project shadowing to foster improved staff knowledge and adoption.
  • Create and vet staff submitted BIM content and templates for firm-wide libraries/resources.
  • As needed, participate in Project BIM meetings to provide guidance to BIM Leads.
  • Assist in early decision making on project setup based on contractual or collaboration needs.
  • Regularly review models to ensure adherence with company and project standards.
  • Support Project BIM Leads and Teams in troubleshooting problematic files/workflows.


  • Maintain close working relationships with the following:
  • Other firm-wide Design+Technology Specialists & Managers
  • Digital Practice Group, BIM Leadership and Sustainability Committees
  • BIM Project Leads and Project Information Coordinators
  • Applications Team, General IT Team and Department Leadership

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