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Design Researcher (Computation)

KieranTimberlake is seeking a Design Researcher with a focus in computation to join our office. Comprised of 120 professionals with diverse backgrounds and abilities, our design practice is recognized worldwide. With equal emphasis placed on research and the built environment, our projects include the programming, planning, and design of master plans and new buildings; the conservation, renovation, and transformation of existing buildings; the development of application-specific environmental analysis and prediction tools; building and environmental monitoring; and novel building and envelope assemblies. We have special expertise in education, government, arts and culture, civic, and residential projects, but common to all our work is the principle that each project begins with a question and continues its development within a culture of research. By ensuring that design results from deep investigation, our interdisciplinary design process inspires creativity and fosters a culture of sharing ideas, knowledge, and techniques.  
The Design Researcher (DR) will leverage a deep understanding of computation toward the generation of design solutions. Critical to this role is the capacity to construct adaptable models, rich interactions, and clear visualizations. Such models may take on a variety of forms depending on the questions under study, which range from physical prototypes, to custom digital workflows, to entirely new software. The DR will share a common interest in generating actionable iterations that guide design decision making. 
The DR will transect several project teams and is expected to identify and respond to needs for inquiry that may encompass topics such as interactive data visualization, immersive environments, materials and assemblies, sensors, fabrication processes, building systems, landscape performance, and environmental flows. The DR will work collaboratively with all team members using his or her design process and computation know-how to interrogate these and other topics. Based upon experience level, the DR may also manage the design process, produce drawing sets, and coordinate project execution.  
In addition to project-centered research, the DR will be expected to proactively identify research and development topics, and also initiate experiments in the role of principal investigator-developer. Research proposals will draw on the individual's expertise, but they will also require synthesizing knowledge from other disciplines represented by peers in industry and academia. It is essential that the DR be eager to engage in ad-hoc collaborations and be able to communicate effectively to experts and non-experts alike. The DR will prepare findings for publication and communication to academic audiences, peers, and client groups. 
The DR will reside within the KieranTimberlake Research Group, a highly collaborative and transdisciplinary entity that requires its members to work well within a social environment. In addition to having excellent oral, written, and visual communication skills, Research Group members must effectively articulate questions, engage topics outside their expertise, lead teams in brainstorming sessions, and express an affinity and inclination for teaching. Members are expected to prepare and communicate findings to external peer groups and internal audiences, particularly architectural designers, in a meaningful way. The successful candidate will have the demonstrated capacity to be a collaborative, detail-oriented problem solver and demonstrates the ability to work with information of which they are not an expert.  
Knowledge of the following methods will prove useful to the position, and any applicable experience should be noted by the candidate: 3D modeling, BIM, parametric modeling, geospatial modeling (GIS), scripting, web development, database management, dynamic systems modeling, machine learning, multi-criteria optimization, and graphic design. Candidates should also note working knowledge of the tools necessary for prototype creation, including computer-numerically-controlled machining and manual fabrication for a range of media. Candidates without expertise in any one of these areas should demonstrate the ability to learn quickly across a variety of disciplines.  
Candidates from a variety of degree backgrounds may apply. Candidates will be considered who have a minimum of 3 years prior professional experience.  
Submission Requirements 
The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability, confidence, and desire to inquire about the limits of what is possible while seeking novel solutions to architectural problems that offer value across social, environmental, and aesthetic agendas. The successful candidate's current, past, and anticipated body of work, including projects, reports, and publications, will evidence the purposeful interrogation of the broader implications of his or her research. 
Interested applicants must send the following via email attachment:  

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position
  • A current resume including references
  • A project portfolio
  • A writing sample

All materials should be formatted as a single PDF, addressed to Billie Faircloth, Research Director, and emailed to with “Design Researcher (Computation)” in the subject line. The total size of the attached file(s) cannot exceed 10 MB. Please also include where you saw our job posting.  
The position reports to the Research Director and Partners of the firm. Salary is commensurate with education level, professional experience, and demonstrated knowledge, but a full benefits package, including medical, prescription, dental, vision, and life, will be offered. Due to the volume of interested applicants, we are not able to respond to telephone inquiries.  
Date posted: 9/12/2016 
KieranTimberlake is an equal opportunity employer.