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Architectural Associate - Forensics

Company: Thornton Tomasetti
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Thornton Tomasetti applies engineering and scientific principles to solve the world's challenges. An independent organization of creative thinkers and innovative doers collaborating from offices worldwide, our mission is to bring our clients' ideas to life and, in the process, lay the groundwork for a better, more resilient future. We provide support and opportunities to our employees to achieve their full potential and cultivate a rewarding career.

Our Forensic practice investigates problems in the built environment and provides evidence-based solutions founded on rigorous science and physics. We assist attorneys, property managers, building owners, contractors, manufacturers, and design professionals with a wide range of engineering and architectural issues.

The Role

We have an immediate opportunity for a Forensic Architect with experience or interest in forensic investigation, litigation support, expert witness testifying, and design of architectural repairs and retrofits.

This individual will independently execute architectural investigations of existing buildings, identify and possibly design remedial repairs for deficient conditions. The investigations include assessment of building code deficiencies, building envelope defects, and cause and origin analysis. The candidate will be required to document and communicate findings in written reports. The candidate will be required to provide direction to, and review the work product of, entry-level staff; coordinate with other project managers on interdisciplinary efforts; support business development efforts, and develop and maintain client relationships.


  • Independently conduct assessments of building envelope, fire-rated construction, disabled accessibility, and other architectural elements.
  • Design and conduct origin and cause investigations.
  • Review, specify and observe testing protocols.
  • Perform document review and analysis, related to litigation support matters including standard of care.
  • Analysis of building codes and various industry standards
  • Memorialize findings in written communication, including reports
  • Communicate with clients to understand project requirements and communicate findings
  • Complete technical and investigative reports to support forensic findings and prepare materials related to presentations.
  • Manage and mentor other design team members.
  • Perform peer reviews of architectural design and condition assessments, including order of magnitude cost estimating
  • Potentially serve as a testifying expert in arbitration, deposition, or trial.

    • Degree (Master's preferred) in Architecture or Architectural Engineering
    • California Professional Architect License required; NCARB registration a plus.
    • 8 to 12 years of Architecture experience
    • Ability and willingness to travel within the US and internationally a plus
    • Proficient in Sketchup, AutoCAD, Bluebeam Studio experience with Revit a plus.

      The rate for this position generally is $110,000 - $125,000 annually. This range is a good faith estimate provided pursuant to the California Pay Transparency Law. It is based on what a successful California applicant might be paid and assumes that the successful candidate will be in California or perform the position from California. Similar positions located outside of California will not necessarily receive the same compensation. Actual pay rates may vary from the range, as permitted by California Equal Pay Transparency Law. Compensation offers will be based on various factors, including operational needs, individual education, qualifications and experience, work location and comparison to employee already in the role, as well as other considerations permitted by law. A potential new employee's pay history will not be used in compensation decisions.


      Depending on your employment status, benefits may include:
      • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, Disability and other voluntary benefits
      • Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical & Childcare
      • Paid Time Off, Family Leave for New Parents, Volunteer Time
      • Tuition Reimbursement
      • Commuter Transit (where available)
      • 401k retirement savings with Company matching on employee contributions and/or qualified student loan repayments
      • Fitness Reimbursement
      • And other various wellness, diversity/inclusion and employee resource programs and initiatives

        Thornton Tomasetti is proud to be an equal employment workplace. Individuals seeking employment at Thornton Tomasetti are considered without regards to age, ancestry, color, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, national origin, protected family care or medical leave status, race, religion (including beliefs and practices or the absence thereof), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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