Historical Architect and Preservation Leader Sought for PVN Team


Historical architects are the core of preservation design services at Preservation Design Works (PVN). Architects work with other PVN staff, clients, and project stakeholders to collaboratively develop project strategies and design solutions that meet preservation standards and guidelines, project goals, and existing historic materials and conditions of the building. The ideal historical architect is collaborative, open-minded, and customer-service focused with demonstrated experience in and enthusiasm for historic preservation. PVN is not a full-service design firm, but rather uses historic preservation design and expertise to make historic preservation projects happen.


  • Building assessments: historic materials surveys and condition assessments, documentation of existing conditions (photographic and narrative), existing conditions drawings, evaluations of proposed rehabilitation projects as they relate to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (“the Standards”), Historic Structure Reports (HSRs)
  • Historic preservation approvals: Historic Tax Credit applications, applications to municipal Heritage Preservation Commissions (HPCs), interpretation of preservation standards and guidelines
  • Design Phase Services: recommendations for treatment of historic materials, construction details and specifications for historic materials
  • Construction Phase Services: Reviewing construction for compliance with historic preservation approvals
  • Collaboration: Actively collaborating with fellow PVN team members, executing project and task production following the direction of PVN project managers and principals, and executing day-to-day office administration responsibilities along with fellow PVN team members

Required Education/Experience

Degree in architecture is required. The candidate must meet, or be in the process of meeting, the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Historic Architecture or Architecture and have a license to practice architecture. A successful candidate will have experience with historic rehabilitation projects, strong communication and writing skills, and familiarity with the municipal approval processes and historic tax credits. Applicants should have a strong understanding of different building types, construction methods, and historic materials, as well as the ability to read and understand historic structures, drawings, and specifications. Applicants should be comfortable preparing existing conditions drawings, rehabilitation details, and preservation-related specifications. The applicant must be able to travel, work collaboratively and independently, work efficiently in an open-office environment, meet budget and schedule requirements, effectively and efficiently communicate, and be familiar with PCs, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Meghan Elliott at elliott@pvnworks.com.

PVN Staff