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Design Researcher (Building Performance)

KieranTimberlake is seeking a Design Researcher with a focus in building performance 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 as well as the conservation, renovation, and transformation of existing buildings. 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 an understanding of physical phenomena including energy, light, and matter toward the generation of design solutions for high performance buildings. Essential to this role is the ability to construct and interpret digital or physical models that simulate, analyze, and explain complex physical systems. The DR will interpret these models in order to draw actionable conclusions that guide design decisions.  
The DR will transect several project teams and is expected to identify and respond to needs for inquiry that may encompass topics such as human health, environmental impact, material performance, active and passive environmental building systems, thermal comfort, and energy transfer. The DR will work collaboratively with all team members to interrogate these and other topics and may, through modeling, produce drawings, diagrams, maps, and statistical analyses as part of the design process.  
The DR will also be expected to proactively identify and initiate experiments in order to produce knowledge. These experiments will draw on the individual's expertise, but will also require synthesizing knowledge from other disciplines represented by peers in industry and academia. After conducting experiments, the DR may be required to prepare his or her findings for internal and external communication, and publication to academic, peer, and client groups. Consequently, 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 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 have an affinity and inclination for teaching. Research Group members are also expected to prepare and communicate findings to both 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 will also demonstrate the ability to work with information on 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: field or laboratory experimental design, building systems design and automation, data analytics and visualization, statistics, thermodynamics, geospatial modeling, energy and daylight modeling, and building monitoring. Candidates should also note any working knowledge of software relating to the following areas: 3D modeling, geospatial modeling, energy and daylight modeling, graphic design, programming and web development, and statistical analysis. 
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 should send the following via email attachment:  

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position
  • A current resume including references
  • A research portfolio or design sheets
  • A writing sample

All materials should be formatted as a single PDF, addressed to Billie Faircloth, Research Director, and emailed to with “Design Researcher (Building Performance)” 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: 3/27/2017 
KieranTimberlake is an equal opportunity employer.