Kasian – Architect


Senior Project Architect – Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use


Kasian is one of the largest integrated architecture and interior design firms in Canada. With a network of offices across Canada and overseas, we are a local firm with a global reach. We strive to enhance the human experience through great design. Our passion is rooted in strengthening connections between people and places by creating environments that inspire and improve lives. From complex operational facilities to finely-crafted workplace interiors, Kasian’s breadth of expertise and dedication to excellence has been the driving force behind great design and strong relationships for over 30 years.

We have an opportunity in our Vancouver office for a Senior Project Architect to join our Commercial team.  In this role, you will work with Kasian’s global and local leadership team to position the Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use Micro Sectors for success as it pertains to business development and new projects, content development, project delivery, talent capacity, and financial success.

In this role, you will have a leadership role in the following areas:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Together with other leaders, develop a short and long-term strategy for the Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use Micro Sectors to deliver results aligned with Kasian operational goals
  • Work directly with the Executive Team, Vice-President Business Development, Vice-President Commercial, and Vancouver Managing Principal to grow Kasian’s Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use market share by securing new projects in Vancouver, throughout British Columbia, and nationally
  • Work collaboratively with Micro Sector Leaders in other cities to advance the Firm’s initiatives with respect to Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use projects
  • Set and drive budgeting, sales targets, and net fee targets which will ultimately lead to the Micro Sectors’ success

Business Development 

  • Drive a business development strategy for the Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use Micro Sectors in the Vancouver office
  • Liaise with relevant Micro Sector Leaders in other locations to ensure coordination and information flow
  • Oversee the proposal process for the Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use Micro Sectors starting from go/no-go decision, selection of team members, and proposal submissions
  • Utilize personal knowledge, reputation, contacts, and relationships within the developer community to increase Kasian’s Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use Micro Sector business

Project Management

  • Execute the “intent” of the project promotionally, design-wise, and financially
  • Oversee and lead projects by ensuring project teams follow standard Kasian processes and procedures and deliver on time, on schedule, on budget
  • Accountable for the quality of service and profitability on assigned projects; monitor projects and implement corrective action to ensure continuity and profitability
  • Address and resolve project performance issues including troubleshooting, red flags, budget and work plan reviews
  • Participate in key sub-consultant and specialty consultant selection
  • Client liaison and management: ensure effective communication and coordination between all parties, resolve disputes and client-related conflicts, review and approve client invoices, interact and negotiate with client
  • Maintain quality relationships with clients to understand needs and recognize new business opportunities

Team Leadership

  • Ensure resource capabilities for Retail, Residential, and Mixed-Use projects are being met
  • Assess talent and determine “gaps” from both missing skillsets for recruiting needs or additional training needs
  • Work with Performance Managers and Team Leaders to ensure talent development strategies are in place
  • Serve as an internal mentor

Here’s what you bring to Kasian:

  • A recognized degree in architecture coupled with a minimum of 12 years of experience
  • AIBC registration, oo eligible to be registered in the province of British Columbia. Registration in another Canadian province
  • Experience leading projects of at least $20m (construction value) with minimal supervision
  • An innovative and forward-thinking approach to design and a natural curiosity for staying current of new trends, materials, and construction methods
  • Track record of leading high-performance teams
  • Strong technical knowledge and technical drawing experience in Revit
  • Excellent graphic communication and presentation skills
  • An ability to add value to all stages of project delivery

This opportunity is an exceptional career fit for a candidate with long-term ambitions to contribute to one of Canada’s top architectural practices.  If you are looking to be part of a progressive environment and deliver innovative projects, we’d like to hear from you.  To apply, please visit our website at www.kasian.com/careers.




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