Office Principal – Pittsburgh

We are currently accepting applications for a Principal in Charge of our Pittsburgh office.

Reporting to the CEO and serving as a member of the firm’s management team, the Pittsburgh Office Principal is responsible for NK’s practice management and contributes to the development of its strategic goals. The Principal will implement firm operational policies and procedures, enhance project quality and performance, develop our people, and deliver increased profitability.

Duties & Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Direct operations of the firm’s Pittsburgh office.
  • Lead business development activities.
  • Liaison to firm administrative, accounting, marketing &PR, HR, and IT resources.
  • Contribute to the strategic plan and its execution.
  • Promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement, and commitment to quality.
  • Evaluate and enhance project performance in terms of design, documentation, and profitability.
  • Coordinate project staffing & assignments.
  • Recruit and develop top talent into the PGH office.


  • Practice Group leadership role and proven track record in professional architecture practice, required.
  • Commitment to people, strong EQ, and follow-through, required.
  • Professional Architectural degree (B.Arch or M.Arch), required.
  • Mid-size firm ($5M-25M) level of experience and complexity, preferred.
  • Multi-office experience, preferred.
  • Experience developing and launching new service lines and new geographies, preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating high-performance, low-energy buildings, preferred.
  • Consultative approach demonstrated by asking good questions, driving to key issues, communicating goals and key outcomes, and inspiring confidence.
  • Strong communicator (internally and externally) on vision and details.
  • Make commitments and keep them as a leader.


Pittsburgh, PA. (6101 Penn Ave, East Liberty neighborhood).  Some travel required.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, transit, 401k, general and Passivhaus training, and flexible schedules. Email resumes and portfolio to the Business Manager at Nicholson Kovalchick Architects to Clearly identify the position for which you are applying.

Company Overview

Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects is on a mission to fundamentally transform the way that high performing buildings are developed and built. With a creative and disruptive mindset NK Architects is the country’s leading architectural firm devoted to the creation of value-added passive buildings. Headquartered in downtown Seattle (in the historic Pioneer Square district) and with a growing practice based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NK serves clients across the United States.

NK Architects stands at the leading edge of high performance building design in the US. Our belief is that we create the best buildings for our clients when we combine great architectural design with Passivhaus building engineering. This fusion not only creates beautiful, comfortable, and healthy places, it also helps create a sustainable future for us all: climate action, building by building.

NK is growing. We are looking for talented, hard-working people who can succeed here and contribute to the success of the firm.

  • Our client’s success is our success.
  • We embrace growth and change.
  • NK supports systematic, logical thinking: the best idea wins.
  • Ownership and self-direction is highly valued.
  • Our staff remains flexible, responsive, and agile.
  • NK strives to make design better, more responsible, more livable.