Architect (Historic Preservation)

Washington, D.C
Oct 28, 2021
Nov 02, 2021
IT, IT Architect
Full Time

** It is desirable that the incumbent be a Registered Architect (RA) with experience in preservation of historically significant monumental structures.

The selectee will perform the following:

Policy Advice and Guidance on Heritage Assets

- Ensures that the AOC adheres to the Preservation Policy and Standards for preservation of its buildings, grounds, monuments and other historic assets.

- Consults with superintendents, architects, engineers, project managers, curators, contractors and workers to understand their needs and concerns, to collaborate and to develop and ensure a full understanding of the appropriate preservation actions and treatments; Provides expert advice and guidance which requires extensive interpretation for many programs and projects.

- Ensures that alteration or additions to Heritage Asset materials and features will be physically and visually compatible, identifiable upon close inspection and properly documented.

- Engages stakeholders in the House of Representatives, Senate, Library of Congress and Supreme Court to ensure client knowledge and understanding of preservation projects.; Represents the AOC on preservation/conservation related teams and task forces as an expert consultant on broad projects and programs that impact the Capitol Complex.

Architectural Requirements and Specifications

- Applies specialized technical knowledge of professional architecture and preservation concepts, methods and procedures to analyze and define the requirements of multi-phase projects.

- Participates in the development of preservation requirements with customers, analyzes requirements and design criteria, assures implementation of requirements and evaluates project feasibility.

- In consultation with the AOC Curator and other curatorial offices, inventory, document and prepares condition assessments of the architectural, landscape, architectural decorative art and stored architectural assets under the AOC's jurisdiction; Consistent with AOC-wide policies, develops decision-making and review procedures.

- Provides advice and support to identify and make plans for the restoration of lost and/or damaged architectural features as part of emergency response and will work with the Curator, building superintendents and others who are part of the damage assessment and recovery team.

Architectural Problem Resolution

- Recognized as an expert source of information internally, by other agencies and on a national level for unprecedented technical problems, the latest developments and trends and other matters relating to architecture.

- Works with all levels of local management and program officials, key personnel of other government agencies and private industry to resolve and track complex and controversial problems that arise; Assures the overall resolution of architectural and historic preservation issues.

- Oversees the development of multi-purpose facility, multiple-phase facilities or construction projects characterized by complex environmental variables.

Organizational Liaison

- Works with the AOC's and Botanic Garden Curators and House, Senate and Supreme Court Curators to ensure that construction or maintenance projects in spaces including or adjacent to any works of fine art, decorative art, architectural or botanical assets will have minimal effect on the assets.

- Ensures the preservation and availability of historic project documentation, including architectural drawings, construction documents and photographs through coordination with the Records Management Branch and Photography Branch.

- Represents the Architect of the Capitol on preservation/conservation-related teams and task forces.

- Educates AOC staff about the history of the art and architecture cared for by the AOC, the resources available in the AOC archives, the importance of preservation and conservation throughout the Capitol complex and about the Preservation Policy and Standards and their relevance to the work undertaken by the AOC.

- Collaborates and coordinates with stakeholders in the House of Representatives, Senate, Library of Congress, Botanic Garden, Capitol Grounds, Capitol Police, Capitol Power Plant and the Supreme Court to impart knowledge and understanding of the Preservation Policy and Standards and to encourage full support and participation.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 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 educational requirements for Architect



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

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-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes the following:
  • Performing architectural design, technical reviews, quality control, and project management on building projects from planning and programming through construction;
  • Assessing compliance with construction standards, preparing full construction drawings and specifications, and preparing scope of work documents and statements of work;
  • Providing technical architectural and historic preservation knowledge as well as engineering concepts, methods, and procedures; and
  • Working directly with top level technical representatives of industry, Congressional offices, and others in the development of Architectural and Historic Preservation criteria and requirements.


In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements, you must meet the following:

Basic Education:

1. Degree: 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) six semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.


2. Combination of education and experience-- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished:

(a) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and

(b) 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 related curriculum or experience as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) General Schedule Qualification Standards.

For a detailed explanation of the related curriculum or experience , please visit the following website at

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 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, genetic information, sexual orientation 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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses may be authorized for non-federal employees.

Probationary Period- Selectee(s) 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.

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