Perform architectural work for the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Community Heritage Development Division. This position is part of the agency’s Texas Main Street Program, a preservation-based, downtown revitalization effort with a nearly 40-year track record of assisting Texas communities of various sizes. This position will also serve as part of the affiliated Town Square Initiative team using market-driven approaches to remove development barriers and encourage investment in vacant and underutilized historic properties. This initiative works alongside the Texas Main Street Program to address development in historic downtowns that have already demonstrated a substantial commitment to historic preservation. Objectives are accomplished by providing specialized project assistance for vacant and underutilized properties with a focus on: feasibility studies analyzing redevelopment potential; downtown planning strategies; increasing the market exposure of available historic properties; and providing information, education, and resources on best practices that have a positive impact on decision-making. The team helps communities envision and articulate positive change, develop an implementation plan, and is responsible for assisting the stakeholders in achieving the desired revitalization results.
The design staff provide architectural historic preservation assistance to building owners and officials across 90 official Texas Main Street communities. This position undertakes building condition assessments, conceptual design, and recommendations to assist preservation-based projects so that local, small-scale, and high-quality real estate development becomes more achievable in historic Texas downtowns. Architectural work focuses primarily on programming and schematic design phases including basic cost estimating, code evaluation, with some expertise necessary in specifications and construction administration.
The selected candidate will lead three additional design staff in providing tailored urban design, preservation, architectural, and landscape design services with an emphasis on historic commercial and civic buildings or public spaces to local officials, private property owners, developers and colleagues. Research and provide technical expertise in all areas of historic building maintenance, rehabilitation, or restoration and for infill construction within historic districts. Preservation, construction, real estate development, architectural and urban design expertise is desired for this position along with a passion for providing community assistance and revitalizing historic places.
Work involves consultations in both office and field settings and taking a leadership role in encouraging preservation, in conformance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. This position works with other members of the program team, including organizational, small business, economic development and city planning professionals. The Main Street Architect may plan, assign and coordinate work projects as well as mentor and guide other design staff. The position works under general supervision and direction of the Texas Main Street Program state coordinator with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Occasional travel required, averaging three nights per month with some ability to control the travel schedule.
Community Design Assistance:
Lead project design efforts within a collaborative team structure and contribute to the development of design concepts for architecture, planning and urban design projects or all types and scales.
Suggest design solutions to public officials and building owners working both independently and as part of a comprehensive design team. When appropriate coordinate the consultation and recommendations with Architecture Division review staff and other agency programs or officials.
Design recommendations for maintaining, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings, public spaces and districts to facilitate preservation and economic revitalization in conformance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.
Develop urban design, planning and programmatic solutions for land use and master planning projects including downtown master planning, urban infill development, urban revitalization, and streetscapes and public spaces.
Visit public spaces and buildings, prepare designs and consult on maintenance, repair and historic preservation of buildings as well as a compliance with building codes and Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS).
Oversee or utilize freehand sketching, computer and graphic resources to effectively and efficiently analyze and convey design and preservation concepts or solutions.
Oversee design recommendations and reports as a tool for persuading managers and property owners about the historic significance of their property and community and the desirability and feasibility for preservation outcomes.
Prepare preliminary plans and studies, including architectural drawings and limited specification documents, to address layouts, access, parking, public spaces, architectural and streetscape elements and perform quality and quantity analyses of building materials
Participate in interdisciplinary resource teams for new cities; planning and completing reports such as design section of resource team manuals and others for local audiences with only a general knowledge of architecture and preservation.
Lead, direct, mentor, and oversee the design and preservation work of three project design specialists.
Training, Education, and Outreach
Educate local program participants, officials and property owners within individual and group consultations, conference, trainings, public presentations and site visits utilizing verbal, written, and graphic communications.
Provide public presentations and training about various areas of design, including architectural history, public improvements, preservation, urban design, sustainability and building rehabilitation as well as agency or program procedures and methods.
Exhibit enthusiasm and passion for historic preservation principles encouraging a high standard of excellence in Main Street communities.
Maintain effective and productive relationships with Main Street Managers and stakeholders.
Preservation Issues, Knowledge and Expertise
Pursue and maintain a working knowledge of preservation issues, techniques, building codes, and trends for their potential ramifications on Main Street communities and property owners.
Conduct special studies, reducing facts to specific findings, and recommend solutions.
Provide design expertise and serve on other agency committees and projects.
Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
20. Perform other duties as assigned.
Please visit our website for a complete job description and application instructions: https://www.thc.texas.gov/job-opportunities
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a professional architecture degree;
Registered as an Architect by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, NCARB and/or another state’s architectural licensing board;
Work experience, or significant academic experience, utilizing urban revitalization principles and public place making techniques and procedures as well as historic materials and construction techniques;
Experience in the use of standard tools of the profession and interpreting architectural plans and specifications;
Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
Required to travel up to 20% of the work period.
Graduate degree in architecture, preservation, real estate development, community planning, or urban design
Experience in historic preservation;
Professional preservation, real estate development, or urban design, architectural project or construction management experience; and
Candidates that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications for Historic Architecture.
Additional Salary Information: $4,584.00-$5,416.00/month Architect I or
$5,416.00- $6,065.00/month Architect II or
$6,065.00- $7,000.00/month Architect III
Internal Number: 19-48
About Texas Historical Commission
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas.Our staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas history through its architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.The commission is composed of nine citizen members appointed by the governor to staggered six-year terms. Agency employees work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning.The Texas State Legislature established the agency in 1953 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee with the task to identify important historic sites across the state. The Texas Legislature changed the agency's name to the Texas Historical Commission in 1973. Along with the name change came more protective powers, an expanded leadership role, and broader educational responsibilities.