People

We appreciate the fact that while our clients engage BLRB for their projects, it is our individual team members with whom they will work side by side. We employ some of the most experienced architects and construction professionals in the Northwest – and all are genuinely committed to their work, community and the communities we serve. Throughout every department of our firm, we are proud of the character, responsiveness, and integrity all of our staff brings to their work and we respect and value the contributions of each of our team members.

Diversity is a core value for our firm, one that enriches and strengthens our work environment and informs our project designs. For every project, as with our firm, we seek to create environments that support and respect differences of culture, ethnicity, gender and age. BLRB is an inclusive, non-discriminatory employer and actively employs efforts that enhance the diversity of our firm and project partners.

Careers

BLRB Architects is looking for experienced project managers, licensed architects, job captains and intern architects to join our team, and we have positions available in Tacoma and Spokane, Washington and Portland and Bend, Oregon. In continuous practice for 65 years, our firm is an award-winning specialist in educational architecture and is an acknowledged Northwest regional leader in K-12 facility planning and design. Our Bend office also serves commercial, hospitality and multi-family housing projects.


POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
Project Manager/Project Architect, Architect/Job Captain, Intern Architects (All Offices)

Project Manager/Project Architect: We’re looking for creative, organized and self-motivated, experienced architects to serve as project managers and project architects for projects $10-$50+ million in construction value. The most successful candidates will:
  • Be licensed in Washington and/or Oregon states (or have the ability to become so in the near term)
  • Have 10+ years of experience as an architect, project manager and/or construction administrator
  • Have an integral understanding of all phases of project planning, programming, design and construction
  • Have experience developing and delivering new, replacement, modernization and addition projects 
  • Be self-motivated, well-organized, a good communicator and work effectively as a team leader
  • Be comfortable and effective making presentations to clients, prospective clients, stakeholders, etc.
  • Be proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp and industry-typical project management systems
  • K-12 facility experience and LEED accreditation are highly desirable
Architect/Job Captain:  We also have opportunities for licensed and unlicensed architecture professionals seeking positions as architects and job captains. The successful candidates for these positions may be licensed or unlicensed and will have:
  • Five (5) or more years of architectural experience in a firm environment
  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree of architecture and working toward licensure if not already licensed
  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, rendering programs, PhotoShop and Illustrator, and the ability to participate in construction document development
  • Creative and technical ability to solve complex design issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a project team
  • K-12 facility experience and LEED Green Associate or LEED AP highly desirable

Intern Architects: We have opportunities for young architecture professionals to serve as an integral part of project teams while working toward licensure. Our most successful architectural interns have:
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree of architecture from an accredited institution
  • At least one year of experience in a professional environment
  • Ability to work well within a team environment, take direction from project managers and architects and follow through on project assignments
  • Are highly motivated self-starters with a desire to gain practical experience in all elements of project planning, programming, design, documentation and construction
  • Proficiency in SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, Revit, AutoCAD and/or other documentation and visualization software

BLRB Architects operates four offices throughout Washington and Oregon – Tacoma, Spokane, Portland and Bend – servicing on average $350 million in construction volume annually. We offer a competitive salary, and a benefit package that includes profit sharing, employer-matched 401K, 100% employer-paid employee health insurance and premium subsidy for spouse/children; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. BLRB Architects is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and graphic work samples (optional), and three professional references to resumes@blrb.com. Please include the position for which you are applying in the subject line, and indicate in which of our office(s) you are interested in working. Email attachments should be under 8MB. No phone inquiries, please.

History

Founded in 1953 by architect Donald Burr, FAIA, BLRB Architects has evolved to become one of the Northwest’s leading architecture firms. We are a firm of 60 professionals in Washington and Oregon, providing facility planning, programming, conceptual design, and complete architectural services for multiple project types, with an emphasis on projects for public use. In the United States, our clients are located throughout the Pacific Northwest; internationally, we have provided services to clients in China and Brazil. Adept at a wide variety of project types, our firm’s focused specialties include educational architecture, historic building assessment, documentation, preservation and restoration, and high-performance sustainable design.



Mission-Driven Design

Architectural design has a significant influence on educational practice and student success. As specialists in educational architecture, we are dedicated to design that enhances instructional excellence and bolsters student achievement. Over the years, we have become the region’s leader in contemporary K-12 design by researching, analyzing and anticipating educational trends, maintaining on-going dialogue with education professionals about how architecture can enhance learning, and pioneering advancements in design that best support instructional goals and student achievement. Our breadth of experience, coupled with active participation in professional educational organizations, has given us an understanding of current and future trends in educational practice that is unique to the region.
Preserving History

Historic buildings are embedded in the identity of their communities and embody the growth and development of the surrounding region. For nearly 40 years, we have practiced a balanced approach to the preservation and restoration of historic architecture, celebrating the iconic character of buildings while renovating them to support contemporary use and needs. Our service capacity for this important project type was expanded in 2010 with the implementation of our Historic Preservation Studio.
Sustainable Leadership

Donald Burr, FAIA, BLRB’s founding principal, was a committed leader in energy-conscious design from the earliest national conversations about environmental conservation in the 1970s. An overarching emphasis on sustainable architecture is infused through all we do and our designs have been recognized for excellence in this regard. We designed the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certifiable public school in Washington State (Greenwood Elementary), the first LEED® certified project in Bend, Oregon and the first LEED® Platinum project in Pierce County, Washington. We have been integrating into our designs most of the sustainable elements currently seen as leading edge for nearly 20 years.
Through all that we do, we work collaboratively with our clients and their stakeholders to achieve contemporary yet timeless buildings that are durable, functional, inspirational and cost-efficient, never losing sight of the fact that every element of our design will affect the daily experience of those who use them now and far into the future.

Principals

RON HARPEL, AIA
Principal (left)

Ron has a comprehensive background in educational and civic architecture that spans more than 30 years. He is personally and professionally committed to enhancing the public domain, and recreational, educational and community-enhancing projects are the focus of his professional pursuits. As a leader in our Tacoma office (and 2015 AIA Pearson Award recipient for community volunteerism), Ron is actively involved in civic matters and has lent his time and talent to a variety of initiatives including Tacoma Public School’s Citizen Leadership Committee, the Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the Tacoma Arts Commission, among others.

Greg McCracken, AIA
Managing Principal (center left)

With more than 25 years of architectural experience focused on the development and delivery of educational and public works projects, Greg provides leadership and oversight across all of our firm’s regional offices and operations. He has completed more than 50 educational projects, both secondary and post-secondary, and an equal number of public facility projects for governmental and public agency clients. Focused predominantly on K-12 planning and design, Greg’s expertise encompasses all project phases from visioning through to construction administration. Based in our Spokane office, Greg also spends significant time at each of our regional offices.

Richard Higgins, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C

Principal (center right)

Charged with oversight of BLRB’s Portland office, Richard has more than 30 years of architectural planning and design experience. For the last 20 years, his professional focus has been on educational architecture and he has established an excellent regional reputation for collaborative project development, creative design solutions and responsive client service. Richard has completed more than 50 educational facility projects of every scope and scale for secondary and post-secondary clients throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Lee Fenton, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C

Principal (right)

A seasoned architect, designer and project manager with an exclusive 27-year focus on educational architecture, Lee’s work has been recognized with more than 30 awards for educational and architectural excellence by a variety of associations and publications. His collaborative, intuitive and creative approach to facility planning and design yields imaginative, forward-thinking, yet imminently practical design solutions that address client needs while consistently exceeding expectations. Along with Ron, Lee oversees operation of our Tacoma office.