Preservation Architect

Preservation Architect
AYON Studio
November 5, 2023
New York, NY, NY
Job Type


AYON Studio, a growing architecture and preservation practice in NYC, seeks a Preservation Architect to help us further our mission, achieve our vision, and uphold our values. We are a service-focused, community-driven firm dedicated to heritage conservation and preservation advocacy. We look to transform the built environment with contemporary, sustainable and architecturally appropriate interventions. Located on Union Square in the heart of Manhattan, AYON Studio works with public agencies, cultural institutions, and private property owners to safeguard and enhance significant properties, ensuring their viability for future generations.


Responsibilities include documentation, conditions assessments and design of interventions on a variety of existing buildings. The Historic Preservation projects that applicant will be assigned to include a combination of conservation (interior restoration, building envelope repairs), adaptive reuse and rehabilitation (interior and exterior alterations). The position requires working directly with the firm's Principal and the rest of the staff on assessing the nature and condition of existing historic properties (mostly designated Landmarks or Landmark-quality buildings); developing design solutions and preparing Construction Documents for interior renovations and exterior repairs; FISP inspection and reporting; assisting with filing the proposed work with regulatory agencies (LPC, DOB, SHPO, NPS, etc.); spearheading the bid procurement and construction contract administration phases; and reviewing the Contractor's work, samples and submittals during the construction phase. Other responsibilities include coordinating the project progress with the Project Manager and the Principal; updating office marketing material; and assisting with in-house business development tasks.


An understanding of historic buildings' materials and construction assemblies, as well as their decay patterns and causes of deterioration. Ability to detail and specify appropriate repairs is required. Experience with both building envelope repairs and interior renovation projects is also desired, including submission to, and approval by LPC, SHPO and DOB. Adaptability to a dynamic work environment coupled with ability to work on multiple projects concurrently while responding timely to deadlines. Experience with preparing Construction Documents and providing Construction Contract Administration services, including site observations; managing contractor submittals and RFIs is essential. We are looking for a motivated, self-driven applicant with excellent communication skills and the ability to fulfill project responsibilities while focusing on clients' needs. Experience with FISP compliance is desired. The ideal candidate would have an architectural degree and/or a MSc in Historic Preservation or related field, as well as a minimum of four (4) to seven (7) years of previous experience working at an architectural, historic preservation or building envelope consulting firm(s). Proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD), Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office is required. Hand sketching skills for on-site existing conditions documentation are also required along with willingness to perform fieldwork, including from supported and suspended scaffold. Architectural licensure or progress towards completion of ARE exams is desired but not required. This is a full-time in-person position at our Union Square office. Remote applicants will not be considered.


five-day paid sick leave, and paid holidays, AYON Studio offers employer-sponsored health, vision, and dental insurance. A 401(K) retirement savings plan with employer contribution, as well as an employer-sponsored profit sharing plan is available to all employees. AYON Studio offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including encouraging and sponsoring participation in professional events and seminars. Attendance to DOB-required scaffold training for fieldwork will be sponsored by the firm. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. AYON Studio is an equal opportunity employer.


$70,000 - $80,000

Contact Information

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, portfolio, and salary requirements to Please show “Preservation Architect” on the subject line of your email submission. No calls please. This is an in-person position.  Applicants for remote work will not be considered.

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