Architect / Structural Engineer - Building Enclosure

  • Alexandria, Virginia, United States
  • WFH Flexible
  • Full-time
  • Architecture / Engineering
  • hoff-20240417

Job Location: Alexandria, VA

Position Overview

Hoffmann Architects + Engineers is searching for a mid to senior-level architect or structural engineer with 5 to 10 years of experience to join our team in picturesque Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. With opportunities to participate in all phases of the architectural and engineering processes—from investigation to design to construction administration—you’ll be expected to understand how buildings are constructed, and why they fail. At Hoffmann, close professional relationship among a smaller group of colleagues fosters camaraderie, mentorship, and innovation. Senior and mid-level architects and engineers work side-by-side with recent graduates to solve complex building enclosure problems. The firm offers a flexible, hybrid in-office and remote work environment. Just minutes from DC, our Virginia office offers flexible outdoor and indoor workspaces near dining and cultural attractions.

Since 1977, Hoffmann has specialized in the rehabilitation, preservation, and design detailing of facades, roofs, plazas/terraces, parking garages, and historic/landmark structures. With offices in CT, NY, and VA, Hoffmann is an award-winning specialty architectural and engineering firm that has built a reputation for excellence by resolving building exterior distress at major symbols of the country’s architectural heritage, such as the Chrysler Building, the United States Capitol building, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Smithsonian Institution. 

Primary Responsibilities

Performs project tasks including:

  • Establish and adhere to project budget, schedule, and milestones.
  • Conduct meetings and communicate regularly with clients to provide design guidance and report on project progress.
  • Direct and coordinate consultants.
  • Communicate task assignments and expectations to each team member.
  • Mentor less experienced staff and provide guidance, training, and direction.
  • Research building materials and systems, codes, regulations, etc., and review selections with the project team.
  • Implement code review and incorporate code requirements.
  • Develop details that are consistent with the design direction provided by senior leadership.
  • Prepare, review, and coordinate drawings, specifications, and other project deliverables.
  • Work closely with the project team to obtain project information and see that drawings are accurate and complete.
  • Provide information to senior leadership for review of designs, shop drawings, and submittals, as well as for RFIs and change orders.
  • Update drawings based on feedback and/or redlines.
  • Perform site visits and lead progress meetings.
  • Conduct building investigations, produce reports, and prepare construction documents consistent with company standards.
  • Document meetings, correspondence, and other key project information.
  • Follow established filing systems, tracking logs, and archiving standards, as set forth by the firm.

Work collaboratively with other departments for the benefit of the firm:

  • Inform management of opportunities or pitfalls that may affect project budgets, schedules, or profitability.
  • Work with business development and marketing to prepare fee estimates and establish the scope of services for proposals.
  • File and organize documents in conformance with company standards.

Other Duties and Expectations

  • Actively seek experience and continuing education to fulfill requirements for licensure.
  • Participate in marketing and project-related activities and presentations.
  • Participate in professional/community organizations and activities.
  • Collaborate with team members to author white papers and articles on technical topics.
  • Self-assess and informs senior leadership of availability/capacity.
  • Be self-motivated regarding office projects and the office environment.
  • Demonstrate organizational skills.

Required Education and Experience

  • First professional degree from an accredited architectural or engineering program AND
  • 5 to 10 years of architectural or engineering experience OR
  • Equivalent combination of academic and professional experience.


  • Architectural graduates should be enrolled in the AXP (Architectural Experience Program).
  • Engineering graduates should have passed the FE (Fundamentals in Engineering) exam.
  • Experience with building envelope rehabilitation and a license to practice architecture or engineering is preferred.
  • Proficiency in computer software applications (AutoCAD, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Willingness to work on roofs and facades utilizing contractor's staging or scaffolding.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet strict deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.


Hoffmann Architects + Engineers offers:

  • Bonuses and profit sharing.
  • 401(k) savings plan with employer match.
  • Student loan repayment benefit (one of the first A/E firms in the nation to offer this).
  • Flexibility to work from home.
  • Generous paid time-off package.
  • Work-life balance, including dependent care assistance.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer HSA contributions.
  • No-cost disability insurance, life/AD&D insurance, and employee assistance program.
  • Company-paid professional registration, dues, exam prep, and test fees, and more!

Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

Hoffmann Architects + Engineers is committed to a culture of diversity and equal employment opportunity. We strictly prohibit discrimination against employees or applicants on the basis of age, ancestry or national origin, mental or physical disability or history of disability, gender, marital or familial status, pregnancy or childbirth, race or color, religion or creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.