Preservation Architect

Washington, D.C
May 18, 2022
May 23, 2022
IT, IT Architect
Full Time

***This position is temporary in nature and is not to exceed 2 years. This is strictly a temporary appointment where there is no permanent need or permanent funding available for the work involved. This position is subject to the project needs of the Agency. Therefore, the appointment could be terminated at any time due to shortage of work or shortage of funds without any advance notice. If project work continues however, it could be extended beyond the 2-year time frame at the sole discretion of the Agency. As a non-permanent employee, you may also be separated for failure to meet management's expectations, with no advance notice.***

The individual selected for this position will perform the following duties:

At the U.S. Capitol Building, performs condition assessments and prepares drawings reflecting contract specifications to clean and repair the U.S. Capitol's stone, metals and restore exterior lighting; Conducts preservation related assessments and prepares stone and metal focused reports for each site visit; Submits reports and drawings to the Architect of Record and the AOC Project Manager for dissemination to the AOC project team; Assists the AOC in updating drawings and specifications for the follow-on phases of the project.

At the Supreme Court Building, performs construction administration services for the restoration of the courtyards; Attends field meetings and make site visits to conduct on-site observations of the work; Submits a written report describing the condition of the day, progress of the work, the work's conformance with contract documents and any observed deficiencies in the work.

Performs condition assessments and assist AOC in preparing scope modification drawings and specifications, including construction bulletins as needed.

Provides advice and consultation to the Architect of Record on Construction Contractor compliance with contract requirements and quality of workmanship and materials.

Reviews and recommends for action all submissions of product data, shop drawings, calculations, coordination drawings, samples, certifications, test reports and mock-ups for compliance with contract documents.

Reviews RFIs and develops and provides written responses to RFIs to the AOR within a maximum of three (3) business days.

Attends weekly project meetings in conjunction with site visits to assess the progress of the work.

Prepares preservation related stone and metal focused reports of each site visit to document the construction contractor's progress; Submits reports to the AOR for dissemination to the AOC project team.

Reviews close-out submittals required by the contract documents and assembled by the construction contractor.

Reviews as-built drawings submitted by the construction contractor. Provides input to the AOC Construction Manager as needed for progress reports.

Completes a spreadsheet listing required labor categories for each discipline employed on the projects, as well as other reports.

Participates in design review conferences of proposed contract changes; Assists in the reviews of Scopes of Work (SOW), plans and specifications prior to implementation of changes to assess construction feasibility and practical accomplishment. Interprets technical portions for other participants.

Reviews reports on construction status and progress, quality control and quality assurance, administration and contractor's estimates relative to construction progress; Determines such matters as acceptability of completed work, adequacy of construction equipment, practicability of construction operations and reasonableness of schedules and cost estimates.

Confers with contractors, engineers, foremen and craft workers regarding construction or design issues.

Consults with on-site and off-site architect/engineer personnel in the resolution of design conflicts or feasibility of construction changes proposed by contractors.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must meet the education requirements for Architects.

To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States.


You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

For Architects:


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower (GS-12) grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as having experience:
  • Performing architectural design, technical reviews, quality control, and project management on historical building projects.
  • Assessing compliance with construction standards and assisting in the preparation of construction drawings, specifications, scope of work documents and statements of work;
  • Providing technical architectural and historic preservation knowledge, concepts, methods, and procedures;
  • Performing conditions assessment and preparing drawings and specifications for preservation/restoration of stone, marble and metals; and
  • Developing preservation-related stone and metal focused reports.

  • Education

    In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must possess the following:

    Education Required For Architects:

    Bachelor's Degree in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems


    Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following:
  • Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted.
  • Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

  • Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

    Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

    Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

    You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

    Additional information

    Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

    DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

    The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

    The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

    The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Moving expenses are not authorized.

    Relocation expenses are not authorized.

    Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

    All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.