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Sustainable Design Professional - Analyst at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm.  We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration.  Together we can achieve great things.

Success at SOM Means

  • Ideas:  We believe in a meritocracy of ideas.  We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.  

  • Knowledge:  We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning.  We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.

  • Product:  We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.

  • Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work.  Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.

  • Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration.  A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.

  • Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.

Position Overview:

Responsible for facilitating and integrating sustainable strategies and technologies into project goals, priorities and project deliverables. Must be capable of clear communication among team members, sub-consultants and clients for sustainable design projects.   Responsible for monitoring and documenting project progress of sustainable strategies/technologies and all appropriate reporting and communications. Cultivates professional relationships within and outside of SOM and leads/mentors when appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Performs energy simulations to assess overall building energy performance (conceptual through post-occupancy) using EnergyPlus

  • Performs computational fluid dynamic modeling for indoor and outdoor comfort.

  • Collaborates with the MEP mechanical/engineering studio and other design studios in delivering/documenting green building technologies and strategies for their projects.

  • Understand the basics of heat transfer and how it impacts envelope design.

  • Performs basic calculation to assess applicability of renewable technologies and relative energy yields.

  • Remains current on energy savings and renewable technologies.

  • Remains current on issues related to sustainable and green building design, US Green Building activities and various versions of the LEED Green Building Rating System.

  • Remains current on the development of new sustainability rating systems.

  • Prepares sustainability presentations and written reports.

  • Provides formal verbal presentations to clients and written reports for sustainable design projects.

Please note this job description contains only a partial listing of duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Urban Design or Planning.

  • Strong proficiency with EnergyPlus,or similar energy modeling tool.

  • Strong proficiency with computational fluid dynamic modeling.

  • Preferred licensed architect or professional engineer or approaching final phase of licensing process.

  • Active interest in pursuing professional licensure.

  • LEED accredited preferred.

  • BEMP accredited preferred.

  • Minimum 4 years of experience which reflects increasing responsibility in all phases of design/technical architecture and/or engineering.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainable and green building design and/or construction.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or other green building rating systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent research on environmentally preferred alternative materials and sustainable strategies for building design, construction and operation.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and commitment to work within the integrated design team structure.

  • Demonstrated experience with building simulation tools such as EnergyPlus, IES, Radiance, Diva, Virtual Environment, computational fluid dynamics software programs, Athena, Tally, and One Click.

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino, PowerPoint, Excel, and the Adobe Creative Suite.

  • BIM experience preferable (Revit Digital Projects and Rhino).

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline:

For more about SOM:

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.