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AECOM Principal Architect- Healthcare in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

At AECOM, we're delivering a better world. Whether improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. We are the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for future generations.

There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

We're one global team driven by our common purpose to deliver a better world. Join us.

Job Description

AECOM is seeking an experienced and talented Healthcare Architect with relevant experience in healthcare programming, planning and design for hospital and healthcare systems.

The appropriately qualified candidate will be responsible for managing the Design Team as the group works together to put out Architectural and Engineering designs for healthcare clients in corporate, academic and government sectors.

We are seeking someone passionate about design, someone ambitious who is interested in advancing their career and growing a practice area in collaboration with a team of dedicated healthcare leaders.

This position is to be based in one of the following Great Lakes locations: Minneapolis, Detroit, or Grand Rapids (Michigan).

Responsibilities and requirements for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Work directly with clients, patient care teams, facility operators, researchers, and related end-users to develop creative healthcare planning strategies at all levels of detail including new construction and renovations.

  • Develop advanced technical knowledge in the healthcare planning and programming of various-sized hospital, micro-hospital, academic medical center, and outpatient clinic building typologies.

  • Lead the planning, including supervision of planning teams, for healthcare facilities in all phases including programming, design, fit-out planning, equipment planning, and casework planning.

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of clients' healthcare program requirements, standards and, policies for completion.

  • Lead development of project scope, plan, and services during the contract process.

  • Lead development, modification, and/or review of planning concepts and solutions.

  • Translate planning concepts into comprehensible terms for clients, designers, and project team members.

  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with existing and potential clients.

  • Participate in select marketing and business development opportunities.

  • Provide strategy (leveraging existing connections), thought leadership (technical writing), and storytelling (project approach) during proposal phase to help win work.

  • Actively seek new knowledge in the design and planning of healthcare facilities.

  • Mentor and direct the work of less experienced staff to develop best practices.

  • Actively participate in industry associations to ensure visibility.

  • Lead the client in programming sessions defining the facility needs.

  • Provide guidance to project managers, architects, and project engineers to establish overall project budgets and milestone schedules.

  • Participate actively in the firm-wide Healthcare practice market sector team and help develop yearly strategic business plans.


Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS in architecture or related field + 10 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • Licensed Architect

Preferred Qualifications

  • Detailed knowledge of evidence-based design strategies as established by The Center for Health Design to drive positive outcomes for patients as well as caregivers.

  • American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) board certification

  • Detail-oriented, methodical, meticulous, process-oriented, yet open to change and motivated by innovation

  • Great collaborator and communicator – excellent verbal and written skills are important.

  • Ambitious self-starter with get-it-done attitude who strives for excellence.

  • Career and Leadership Oriented

  • Trusted client advisor in Healthcare

Additional Information

  • Sponsorship is not available for this role


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10095049

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Design

Work Location Model: Hybrid