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Jacobs Lead Design Architect in Ridgecrest, California

Our People & Places Solutions business – reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomizes the "why" of what we do – the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology – we're integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

This position will be initially established at Ridgecrest, California in support of Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake and in direct support of earthquake recovery work through approximately 2023. The work location can thereafter be flexibly located in the general southern CA area and is expected to thereafter support similar project assignments as various locations, predominantly in the U.S. West, but potentially throughout the United States.

The position requires the selected candidate to support the Program Manager and coordinate with NAVFAC SW Design Branch as well as lead the Jacobs multi-disciplinary design team to facilitate Post Award Design Support (PADS) and Post Construction Award Support (PCAS) for the 31 projects currently in various stages of execution.

Reporting to the Architecture Group Lead in Irvine, CA, the Lead Architect position requires responsibility for design integrity and construction administration. The Candidate will lead a team of Architects and Engineers and take ownership of the project design oversite. Individuals in this position must demonstrate leadership and technical expertise.

Project building types include operational, administrative and training facilities, maintenance and industrial facilities, Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation facilities, ammunition, fuels, and general storage facilities, and mission critical facilities, among others.


  • Work in a fast-paced environment and work under tight deadlines, while maintaining high quality standards

  • Lead multi-disciplinary project teams through a focused design review and concept verification process.

  • Lead client-focused multi-disciplinary design review / workshops

  • Prepare inspection and design reports and presentation materials

  • Performs all facet of construction administration and field investigation including progress verification, quality observation, and punch.

  • Support Design Principal, Project Manager, and/or Discipline Director in the on-going determination of project requirements, manpower requirements, and project budgets.

  • Participate in internal and external meetings and document discussions

  • Represents Jacobs, with internal and external personnel, on significant matters

  • Gather information, interview stakeholders, makes studies, performs calculations, and prepare original rough layouts and sketches as required

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • BA degree in Architecture.

  • 7+ years' Architectural design or contract administration experience

  • Registered Architect. (RA).

  • Experience in industrial building types.

  • Working knowledge of architectural building systems.

  • Working knowledge of sustainability, resiliency, integrated design, and LEED guidelines.

  • Self-motivated personality with the ability to work collaboratively and independently as appropriate in studio environment.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint and Excel program

  • Detailed understanding of IBC and ABA Accessibility Codes

  • United States Citizenship


  • Prior experience working on Federal/Department of Defense projects

  • Experience in the following building types is preferred: Hangar, Control Tower, Energetics, Manufacturing, Laboratory, Optics.

  • Proficiency in graphic software such as Bluebeam, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

  • Proficiency in REVIT.


At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs

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At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.