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

What makes BLRB Architects unique? Our employees do!
Across the board, our team members are committed to innovative, inspirational, high-performance design and responsive, client-centered service. We love what we do and are passionate about design that enhances the daily experience of the people who use the buildings and spaces we create. We value team interaction and the expression of individual points of view, and provide a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth. We’re always looking for the best and the brightest – energetic, enthusiastic professionals with critical thinking skills and a strong design sense, who enjoy working in a collaborative environment. If this describes you, we encourage you to apply!

Current Openings:

MARKETING COORDINATOR // Specification Specialist // ARCHITECT - JOB CAPTAIN 

Marketing Coordinator -- IMMEDIATE OPENING 

BLRB Architects is seeking an energetic team player with creative and production design skills to join the marketing department in our Tacoma office. Primary responsibilities include presentation design, website content updating, project database management and other marketing related copywriting, design and layout projects.  

A four-year degree in a related field, or two-year degree in graphic design, and at least five years of marketing and communication experience are required.  Previous experience in the A/E industry is highly desirable.  Experience and proficiency in presentation design using PowerPoint, KeyNote or other presentation software; proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and familiarity with both Mac and PC platforms is required.  Tacoma


Specification Specialist -- 10+ years of experience -- IMMEDIATE OPENING 

BLRB Architects is looking for a collaborative specification specialist to transition into a leadership position in integrated project delivery of specifications, drawings and construction. We are looking for someone with experience to lead the development and maintenance of our firm’s master specifications, work with our regional teams to develop project specific specifications, perform QA/QC, and product research. Candidates must have an appreciation for the craft needed for quality design, a thorough knowledge of sustainable design, a team mentality, and be open to mentoring younger professionals. This candidate must also have the experience necessary to integrate specifications and drawings in a streamlined fashion. Highly qualified candidate must have 10+ years experience; including experience with ARCOM Masterspec, Masterworks, and Lynx. Understanding of “keynoting” and CSI certification is also desirable. Tacoma

Architect / Job Captain -- 5+ years of experience -- IMMEDIATE OPENING 

Qualifications:
* Bachelors or Masters degree of Architecture from an accredited program.
* Licensed architect or working towards licensure.
* 5+ years of professional experience with K-12 education and higher education preferred.
* USGBC LEED AP encouraged.
* Professional and personal community participation outside of the office encouraged.
* Leadership, organization, communication and team building skills.
* Highly proficient in Revit and AutoCAD. Graphic abilities and experience in SketchUp, rendering programs, adobe suite, an added bonus. Tacoma
BLRB offers an excellent salary benefit package including profit sharing, 401k, medical/life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. BLRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for one of these positions, please send cover letter, resume and graphic work samples or hand deliver to BLRB Architects, ATTN: Human Resources, 1250 Pacific Avenue, Suite 700, Tacoma, WA 98402 or resumes@blrb.com.
Compensation:  Based on skills and experience. 
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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

LEE FENTON, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C

Managing Principal



Lee joined BLRB Architects in 1984, becoming senior principal in 2004. A seasoned project manager and designer with a strong background in educational architecture, Lee’s work has been broadly recognized for excellence by peer and industry associations including the Council for Educational Facility Planners International, American Association of School Administrators, National School Board Association and the American Institute of Architects. His collaborative, intuitive and creative approach to design yields imaginative, yet practical design solutions that consistently exceed client expectations. Lee is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and has served the Southwest Washington Chapter as President, Vice President and Secretary.
TOM BATES, FAIA, CSI, LEED® AP BD+C


Senior Principal





Tom joined BLRB in 1981, becoming principal for design in 1987 and managing principal of the firm in 2002. He is actively involved in several organizations including Council for Educational Facility Planners International, the U.S. National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on Architecture for Education. Tom consistently serves as an advisor, panel member and resource for national and regional concerns including the U.S. Department of Energy, American Institute of Architects, and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction. In 2008, Tom was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his nationally significant contributions to the practice of educational architecture.

JOHN WEGENER, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C


Senior Principal





John is a Senior Principal who has been with BLRB Architects since 1997. He brings a unique perspective to project planning, having formerly served as a practicing architect and capital projects manager for a large public agency. John’s background as a client representative, coupled with more than three decades of design experience lends a holistic approach to planning and development for public projects. John is an active member of several professional and civic associations including the Washington State Council and Southwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Council of Educational Facility Planners International and the Tacoma Narrows Chapter of Rotary International.

RON HARPEL, AIA


Principal





A team member with BLRB since 2004, Ron has a comprehensive background in educational and civic architecture. His work focuses on enhancing the public domain, and he creatively leverages internal program requirements to unify outdoor spaces. Recreational, educational and community-building opportunities adjacent to civic projects are the foundation of his vision and planning solutions. His respectful, consensus-building style and innovative design solutions have consistently earned the praise of the clients with whom he works. Ron is actively involved in civic concerns and has lent his talents to Tacoma Public School’s Citizen Leadership Committee, Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Habitat for Humanity, the Tacoma Arts Commission and others.
DENNIS KABBA, AIA, CSI, LEED® AP BD+C


Principal





As the firm’s principal in charge of technical services since 2002, Dennis manages and oversees BLRB’s construction administration and quality assurance departments. Dennis brings 32 years of experience to this team (the last 24 of which have been with BLRB) as well as strong, specialized organizational skills, which involve developing document production systems, overseeing the preparation of specifications and drawings and developing building code compliance strategies for the firm. He is an active member and has served on the boards of multiple organizations including the Southwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute, Mt. Rainier Chapter.