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Specifications Writer

Posted Monday, January 22


Ankrom Moisan Architects




Ankrom Moisan Architects is a dynamic design firm providing architecture, interiors, urban design, and branding and identity strategy services to our clients. As a global leader in mixed-use design and multi-family housing, we create everything from micro-units to luxury condominiums, as well as student, senior, and affordable housing. Our growing hospitality, workplace, and healthcare sectors round out our portfolio. At AMA we make it our mission to create places where people and communities thrive. We express that not only in the work we produce, but in the way we work with one another.

Our Seattle office is seeking a highly collaborative and energetic Spec Writer, passionate about contributing to project teams, maintaining a high level of quality control, and acting as a strong technical resource to the office. You should be an effective communicator and a self-starter. We look to you as the expert to drive the specification writing process. You will put good practices in place and set the standards for the next generation. You are comfortable collaborating with other technical staff across all three offices.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Prepare project specifications
• Advising project teams as they write Schematic Design narratives
• Developing 3-part specifications from narrative as the project develops
• Reviewing drawings and specifications to coordinate nomenclature
• Enhancing and maintaining office master specifications with the other specification writers
• Sharing the workload with other specification writers to get the work done efficiently
• Reaching out to jurisdictions to understand current codes and standards related to material specifications
• Interviewing project teams and reviewing architectural plans to prepare specifications.
• Working to achieve equitable agreements without comprising important principles
• Assisting project teams in resolving problems related to the use and installation of building materials and products that arise during design and construction
• Conveying a broad knowledge of building codes, structures, basic construction law and materials standards to others
• Staying current on product development, new materials, and industry trends
• Assisting with quality control and quality assurance processes

Experience Requirements:
• A minimum of ten years of architectural specification writing experience preferred
• Bachelor’s degree in architecture preferred
• Professional registration preferred
• Extensive private sector experience with developer-lead buildings required
• Previous experience with medium and large-scale, technically-complex projects required
• CSI; CDT and/or CCS Certified desirable
• Knowledge of CSI principles and construction materials required
• Demonstrated experience in three or more of our project types:
• Mixed-use Multifamily Housing
• Senior Housing
• Affordable Housing
• Work Place
• Healthcare
• Hospitality
• Higher Education

Software Proficiencies:
Required Proficiency with BSD SpecLink
• Understanding of a linked database and ability to import sections from the office master
• Understanding of basic and advanced editing functions
• Creating new sections and ability to edit an existing section by utilizing manufacturer’s information
• Understanding how to use Global Options, Word Processing Features, Developing Reports, Compare Projects, and Exporting Sections

Advanced Bluebeam software knowledge required:
• Tracking status of mark-ups and project comments
• Sharing information across offices and between project stakeholders outside the office

MS Office Suite (Word and Excel) intermediate knowledge required

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**APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS** (Incomplete submissions will not be considered) Please send your cover letter describing why you’d be the perfect fit, with “Ankrom Moisan Architects – Spec Writer” in the subject and resume and portfolio to

No phone calls or recruiters please. Candidates only.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


Alison Doyle