Industrialized Construction Director


Boston, Massachusetts Seattle, Washington Los Angeles, California San Francisco, California Columbus, Ohio Portland, Oregon Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


For more than 75 years, NBBJ has been guided by a vision to design for life. We are an award-winning global design and architecture firm, a creative company fueled by ideas, and a place where everyone is empowered to contribute to creating a better practice. Recognized as the world’s most innovative architecture firm by Fast Company, we have partnered with some of the world’s leading companies and institutions — Google, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University and Massachusetts General Hospital, among many others — to set new standards for performance, organizational culture, health and wellness, and technology- and data-driven design.  

The role at a glance:

The AEC industry is rapidly evolving to combine new, innovative project delivery methods with advancing technologies and design to fabrication workflows. A core value at NBBJ is that we never stop asking “what if?” and “why?”. As we continue to envision what the future will look like, we have identified the need for a new firmwide leadership role, Industrialized Construction, Director. 

We are seeking a highly motivated, collaborative and passionate team leader who is committed to implementing strategies to deliver sustainable projects more efficiently. This role will be centered around advancing industrialized construction processes firmwide. This is an opportunity is ideally located in one of our NBBJ locations (Boston, New York, DC, Columbus, London, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco or Los Angeles) but we are open to connecting with those who are not in one of the listed locations.  

In your new role, you will:

  • Develop the strategy, planning and execution of DfMA workflows to meet strategic business goals and as required to align with project requirements  
  • Work with the firm’s collegial groups to develop NBBJ’s roadmap for scaling up Industrialized Construction capabilities 
  • Establish and grow industry relationships with fabricators, builders, consultants, owners, technology experts, and academics who are targeting Industrialized Construction processes/research  
  • Act as a firmwide resource for prefabrication/manufacturing expertise, coordination, and execution of Industrialized Construction workflows on projects 
  • Champion Industrialized Construction related skillsets and workflows firm wide 
  • Work directly with NBBJ Digital teams to develop standardized digital workflows and align technologies to support our Industrialized Construction strategy 
  • Responsible for interfacing with firm-wide and studio leadership to encourage execution of the IC plan on key projects 

What you will need to succeed:

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing or other related industry  
  • 10+ years of experience in team creation and leadership  
  • 10+ years of experience in the construction industry  
  • 5+ years of experience in system and component prefabrication, modular, off-site and industrialized construction 
  • Knowledge of the technology-related processes required for successful Industrialized Construction related workflows  
  • 5+ years of experience in lean manufacturing and construction, ideal not required 
  • A strong understanding of architectural design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows, ideal not required  
  • A high appreciation for digital technologies in the AEC industry , ideal not required
  • AEC supply chain knowledge , ideal not required

Why choose NBBJ?

We believe that all NBBJ employees should love their work. This means not only loving what you do but having pride in your workplace. We strive to be that irresistible place to work by enhancing your employee experience with customized programs and comprehensive benefits. In addition to 100% covered employee healthcare costs and 401k contributions, we offer unique professional development opportunities, volunteer opportunities and access to leading technology and resources to further help you love your work and advance your career.

• NBBJ has been named three times by Fast Company as one of the most innovative architecture firms.
• Founded in 1943, our first office opened over 75 years ago in Seattle, Washington. We now have over 10 office locations around the globe.
• We are a transdisciplinary, cross-practice focused firm with a deep portfolio of Civic & Cultural, Commercial, Corporate, Healthcare, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Sports, and Urban Environment projects. We also have several areas of service expertise including: Architecture, Environmental Graphic Design, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Workplace Consulting and more.
• In the past decade, NBBJ has received more than 300 awards from leading global, national and regional award programs across the business, real estate and design communities.
• We work with 5 of the top global high-tech companies, 14 of the U.S. News and World Report Top Hospitals, and 4 of the top 10 highest-ranked learning institutions.
• Our clients include institutional leaders such as Cambridge University, Google, Samsung, Cleveland Clinic, Tencent, and Stanford University.

Our Values

We are a collective of thinkers, makers and dreamers working to create positive impact through design. But we’re more than that—we’re also a firm made up of individuals, each with unique talents, ideas and contributions. This blend of togetherness and individuality makes us who we are. It’s also the basis for our values, which guide how we show up for each other and our clients:
• Stand for Optimism
We are united behind a calling to design a better future for our clients, society and planet.
• Lead with Curiosity
We never stop asking “what if?” and “why?”
• Commit to Sustainability
We wield extraordinary power—and have an obligation—to initiate environmental change.
• Design for All
We have a responsibility—through our process and work—to design with and for all.
• Own the Outcome
We are entrepreneurs of our destiny, focused on the success of each other and our clients.
• Grow our Legacy
We are part of a story bigger than ourselves.

NBBJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F Disabled and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

NBBJ does not accept unsolicited resumes or similar submissions from third party recruiters or employment agencies. Any unsolicited materials received by NBBJ from a source other than an individual candidate will be considered NBBJ property and NBBJ reserves the right to pursue and hire candidates referred to us without any financial obligation to the third party in question. If you are interested in becoming an approved NBBJ external recruiter, please contact a member of the NBBJ Talent Acquisition Team.