ERA Architects

Careers

Founded in 1990 and based in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, ERA Architects Inc. specializes in architecture, landscape, heritage conservation and planning as they relate to historical places and provides full professional services for both the public and private sectors. Our core interest is in connecting heritage issues to wider considerations of urban design and city building, and to broader cultural values that provide perspective to our work at different scales. ERA frequently works collaboratively with other firms to engage in city building, conserving heritage architecture, and improving the built environment.

  • For general employment-related inquires please contact Sonya Tytor at employment@eraarch.ca
  • Please send a CV and brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in ERA, and if you wish, a mini-portfolio showing your most relevant design, production, planning, or research-based work. We will keep your CV/portfolio on file for six months.

ERA does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, creed, colour, age, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin or ancestry. ERA is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace where all employees and partners feel valued, respected and supported. ERA is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.


Current Postings:


PLANNER

ERA is seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals with 8-10 years land use planning experience to join our multi-disciplinary team. The majority of our work involves the adaptive reuse of existing heritage buildings within Toronto and the GTA. The ideal candidate will have well-rounded planning experience and a demonstrated passion for heritage planning, as well as excellence in planning and feasibility analysis, project coordination and management, and production of submission materials to municipal approval authorities and the Ontario land use planning tribunal (OMB/LPAT).

They should also have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to multi-task in a busy office. This position will involve working in a collaborative team environment, supporting projects of various scales and complexity.

Work samples should demonstrate critical thinking, analytical rigour, and attention to detail.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work in a collaborative team environment;
  • Manage project workflow and project staffing in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Prepare and/or oversee preparation of letters, presentations and deputations to Municipal Heritage Committees, Community and City Council;
  • Prepare and/or oversee preparation of evidence for hearings before the LPAT (and, to a lesser extent, TLAB);
  • Prepare and/or oversee preparation of submission materials in support of applications to municipal approvals authorities;
  • Support and maintain strong relationships with co-consultants and other team members;
  • Manage project budgets and project staffing in collaboration with the Project Associate/Team Lead;
  • Resolve issues in collaboration with the Project Associate/Team Lead; and
  • Report to the Associate on a regular basis.

Qualifications:

  • No fewer than 8-10 years of experience in land use planning within Ontario, with demonstrated experience in heritage planning;
  • Experience in all phases and components of a project lifecycle, including client communication, consultant coordination, feasibility/planning analysis, municipals approvals processes (OPA/ZBA/SPA/CoA/etc.) and hearings before the land use planning tribunal;
  • Strong familiarity with Ontario’s land use planning system and heritage legislation;
  • Strong familiarity with municipal planning policy and regulation within the City of Toronto (familiarity with municipal planning policy and regulation in other Ontario jurisdictions is an asset);
  • Familiarity with the Standards & Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (inDesign) and MS Office;
  • CAHP, RPP, MCIP preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong client communication, collaboration and conflict resolution skills are required.

Education and Experience:

  • An undergraduate degree in land use planning or a related field with 8-10 years of work experience in Ontario. Graduate degree in land use planning preferred.

Please send your CV and include with it a writing sample (not professionally edited) to employment@eraarch.ca by October 18, 2019. We thank all applicants who have applied, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted


INTERMEDIATE ARCHITECT (Montréal)

ERA is seeking an Intermediate Architect with heritage expertise for a large-scale rehabilitation project. The position will be located in Montréal. The position will involve working in a collaborative team environment, working on all projects phases including research, analysis, site investigations, report writing, production of construction documents (drawings and specifications), consultant coordination, attendance at meetings, problem solving, site review, and contract administration.

Expertise and Experience sought:

  • Graduate of a master’s program in Architecture;
  • Intern architect or licensed architect;
  • Have acquired approximately five years of on-the-job experience in an architectural environment;
  • Have a strong interest and experience in heritage conservation (in academic and/or professional settings);
  • Have a good familiarity with architectural standards and building practices;
  • Have strong communication skills in English and French (both spoken and written);
  • Be proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office;
  • A post-graduate or other conservation-type degree or training will be considered an asset, as will membership of CAHP (Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals).

Employment Conditions:

  • Competitive salary according to level of experience;
  • 37.5-hour work week;
  • Generous health and dental benefit plan;
  • RRSP matching plan;
  • Tuition Reimbursement plan.

To apply, please send your resume to employment@eraarch.ca  and indicate in the subject line: “Application for Intermediate Architect—Montréal”
We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No agency referrals will be considered.


INTERMEDIATE ARCHITECT (Ottawa)

ERA is seeking an Intermediate Architect with heritage expertise for a range of rehabilitation projects. The position will be located in Ottawa.  The position will involve working in a collaborative team environment, working on all project phases including research, analysis, site investigations, report writing, production of construction documents (drawings and specifications), consultant coordination, attendance at meetings, problem solving, site review and contract administration.

Expertise and Experience sought:

  • Graduate of a master’s program in Architecture;
  • An intern architect or licensed architect;
  • Have acquired approximately five years of on the job experience in an architectural environment;
  • Have a strong interest and experience in heritage conservation (in academic and/or professional settings);
  • Have a good familiarity with architectural standards and building practices;
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Be proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office;
  • A post-graduate or other conservation-type degree or training will be considered an asset, as will membership of CAHP (Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals).

Employment Conditions:

  • Competitive salary according to level of experience;
  • 37.5-hour work week;
  • Generous health and dental benefit plan;
  • RRSP matching plan;
  • Tuition Reimbursement plan.

To apply, please send your resume to employment@eraarch.ca  and indicate in the subject line: “Application for Intermediate Architect—Ottawa”
We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No agency referrals will be considered.


Past Postings:


ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

ERA is seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals with a minimum of 4 years architectural experience to join our team. The majority of ERA’s work involves the adaptive reuse of, and new additions to existing heritage buildings within Toronto and the GTA. The ideal candidates will have some heritage experience (traditional materials/ construction), sound technical experience and a demonstrated passion for excellence in drawing and drafting, preparing construction document sets and creative technical detailing. Very good organizational skills, good verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to multi-task in a busy office are requirements. This position will involve working in a collaborative team environment, supporting projects of various scales and complexity both in-house and with external consultants.  Extent of completion of OAA Technologist Licensure Program will also be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of 2D, 3D and AutoCAD drawings and complex drawing sets, adept with Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD;
  • Architectural detailing in collaboration with the ERA Associate;
  • Preparing project statistics and project schedules;
  • Developing and coordinating construction documents;
  • Preparation of specifications;
  • Assistance with formal presentation production.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated project experience including, consultant coordination, design development, construction documents, schedules and specification writing;
  • A strong familiarity with architectural and engineering standards and building practices, including the OBC;
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite 6, and MS Office.

Please send your resume and examples of your work to davidw@eraarch.ca and/or zakf@eraarch.ca
Please include “ERA Architectural Technologist” in the subject of your email. We thank all applicants who have applied however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Communications Content Specialist

ERA is a heritage architecture firm with our head office in downtown Toronto. We specialise in architecture, heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, urban and rural planning, landscape, and urban design. Our office is made up of architects, planners and designers who work collaboratively and creatively on hundreds of active projects.

We’re looking for a communications content specialist to join our Business Development team. You are primarily a writer with a focus on digital, but are equally comfortable with a white paper or press release. You will support the strategic goals of the firm by developing and executing external and internal facing communications materials while maintaining ERA’s brand standards, building trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and providing analytics on what works and what doesn’t.

You bring a high degree of energy and initiative, yet you approach your work with tact, diplomacy and care. You are highly organized, often prioritising and coordinating many tasks at once.  You have a superior skill set for connecting with others, deal well with ambiguity, and have a pragmatic approach to demonstrating the value of communications and publicity efforts in a busy office.

Your Key Responsibilities:

    • Write: develop pitch-perfect SEO-friendly content for our social channels and website, alongside results-focused B2B and media materials. Turn complex information on our projects, perspectives, and people into engaging narratives.
    • Engage: create diverse content that works across channels – and resonates with clients, media, our community of practice, our staff and the public.
    • Connect: as a core part of our creative team, align your work with our graphic assets, marketing efforts and business development goals to provide value to internal and external stakeholders.   
  • Measure: monitor media, publications, and online channels to ensure accuracy and identify trends that can inform ongoing communications strategy. Provide analytics to support your expertise in content development.

Core competencies:

    • Strong writing and editing skills;
    • Demonstrated experience with all common social platforms and WordPress/Squarespace;
    • Competency with Adobe Suite, including photo editing and layout;
    • Ability to synthesize complex information to develop compelling stories;
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively within a creative team;
    • Extremely organized with the ability to multitask and set priorities;
    • A degree in public relations, journalism, communications, or marketing, with experience in a related field (ideally in-house marketing communications);
  • An understanding of and appreciation for architecture, urban policy and planning would be an asset.

Please send your CV and two samples of your writing to communications@eraarch.ca by April 4, 2019.


PLANNER

ERA is seeking a planner to join our Toronto team. With a strong background in land use and/or development planning and a keen interest in cultural heritage, you will support ERA’s planning team through project coordination, policy and regulatory analysis, research, report writing, and collaborative problem-solving.

You are an energetic, motivated, and self-disciplined individual who also has the capacity to work collaboratively within small and large teams to support project work of various scales. You are an organized individual capable of dealing with complex project requirements in a fast-paced work environment. You are comfortable working with multiple stakeholder groups and balancing competing interests, and have the ability to coordinate and prioritize many tasks at once while producing high quality work.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Research, coordinate, and produce information to support project work, including historical research, analysis, and written descriptions of buildings and sites.
    • Contribute research, writing, and analysis to key product documents, including Cultural Heritage Evaluation Reports, Heritage Impact Assessments, Conservation Plans, development applications, options analyses, and risk assessments.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of land use planning, heritage conservation best practices, relevant policy and legislation.

Core Competencies:

    • Excellent research skills including experience with archival and primary source research.
    • Excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and an ability to adapt writing style to suit different audiences and project requirements.
    • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Familiarity with Federal, Provincial, and Municipal heritage policy and legislative frameworks, including the Ontario Planning Act, Ontario Heritage Act, Provincial Policy Statement 2014, and the Standards & Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada an asset.
    • Competency with InDesign and other Adobe Creative Suite software an asset.
  • CAHP, RPP, MCIP preferred.

Education and Experience:

An undergraduate or Master’s degree in urban planning or a related field with 2-5 years of work experience.

Please send your CV and include with it a writing sample (not professionally edited) to employment@eraarch.ca by February 15, 2019. We thank all applicants who have applied, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


HERITAGE PLANNER

ERA is seeking an heritage planner to join our Toronto team. With a background in urban planning, public policy, heritage conservation, architectural history, cultural geography, or a related discipline, you will support ERA’s cultural heritage and land use planning team through research, writing, policy analysis, and collaborative problem-solving.

You are an energetic, motivated, and self-disciplined individual who also has the capacity to work collaboratively within small and large teams to support project work of various scales and complexity. You are an organized individual capable of dealing with complex project requirements involving multiple stakeholder groups and have the ability to coordinate many tasks at once while producing work of a high-quality demonstrating attention to detail.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Research, coordinate, and produce information to support project work, including historical research, analysis, and written descriptions of buildings and sites.
    • Contribute research, writing, and analysis to key product documents, including Cultural Heritage Evaluation Reports, Heritage Impact Assessments, Conservation Plans, development applications, options analyses, and risk assessments.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of heritage conservation best practices, relevant policy and legislation.

Core Competencies:

    • Excellent research skills including experience with archival and primary source research.
    • Excellent writing skills and an ability to adapt writing style and approach to suit different audiences and project requirements.
    • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Familiarity with Federal, Provincial, and Municipal heritage policy and legislative frameworks, including the Planning Act, Ontario Heritage Act, Provincial Policy Statement, and the Standards & Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada an asset.
    • Competency with InDesign software would be an asset.
  • CAHP, RPP, MCIP preferred.

Education and Experience:

An undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g. planning, architecture, urban studies, geography, art or architectural history, history) with 2-5 years of work experience.

Please send your CV and include with it a writing sample (not professionally edited) to alexisc@eraarch.ca by January 28, 2019. We thank all applicants who have applied, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


ERA does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of their race, creed, colour, age, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin or ancestry. ERA is committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace where all employees and partners feel valued, respected and supported. ERA is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.