RA - Architecture Solutions (Jemtrud lab)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Position Summary:

ReCONstruct is a five-year, $6M applied research project to develop a scalable, turn-key mass building climate retrofit program within Quebec in response to the climate emergency. Deep building climate retrofits can help to reduce the impact of climate change on existing buildings and improve resiliency during extreme weather events, as well as contributing to power grid stability through reduced mean and peak loads. The project is funded through an NSERC Alliance grant with Hydro-Québec and the Ministère des Ressources Naturelles du Québec.

ReCOnstruct is led by Prof. Michael Jemtrud, the Chair in Architecture, Energy, and Environment at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill. The multi-disciplinary team includes researchers at Carleton University’s Center for Advanced Building Envelope Research (CABER) and the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) , the University of Toronto’s Daniels School of Architecture, and Hydro-Quebec's Energy Technology Laboratory (LTE) . They have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, building science, data and computer science, urban planning, and the social sciences. The project will address the obstacles to mass deep climate retrofit deployment by engaging with stakeholders from a range of sectors including construction, manufacturing, building maintenance, ownership and management, finance, and policy.

The research will be driven and informed by a series of pilot project retrofits through which exemplar retrofit proposals will be developed and tested. The realization of these projects will demonstrate the feasibility of deep climate retrofits and serve as a catalyst to build the capacity needed in the regional professional and industrial sectors to deploy them at a massive scale. ReCONstruct currently intends to focus on specific building types with a high potential for impact, including schools, community centres and public multi-unit residential buildings.

ReCONstruct seeks to hire a bilingual architecture graduate with a focus in sustainability research and building conservation on a full-time basis. The successful applicant will co-lead our pilot project and deep climate building retrofit team composed primarily of M.Arch research assistants. This team will develop deep climate retrofit proposals for target building types based on considerations that include community and building resilience, cost, reduction of operational and embodied GHG emissions, and an overall ecologically responsible construction ecology. Along with leading the production of architectural drawings and related documents, the incumbent will act as a primary contact with the client-partners who own and operate the pilot project buildings and interface with Hydro-Québec and other teams within ReCONstruct.

Work will be hybrid, between in-person and remote, however preference will be for someone located in Montreal, with in-person attendance required for specific events and meetings.

Fluent French and English, including confidence discussing technical material in both languages; M.Arch with a minimum of 1 year of professional experience, or an accredited pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture with a minimum of 2 years of professional experience; Project management and client communication experience; Professional experience working on at least two of the following types of projects (Energy or deep energy building retrofits; Renovation or adaptive reuse of historic buildings; Renovation projects where the build occupants remain in-situ; Prefab or modular construction; High performance or Passive House construction); Experience with Revit, Rhino, Adobe Suite; Experience in sustainable design including Natural Ventilation, Daylighting Design, Building Energy Modeling, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).

Applications must include the following documents attached: 1 page cover letter including your interest in the project, your professional goals, and a summary of relevant experience; Curriculum Vitae; Contact information for 2 professional references.

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Hours per Week:

35 (Full time)


MacDonald Harrington


Associate Professor

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