The role of Sports & Recreation Architect:

We are looking for someone with the experience and drive to lead our Sports & Recreation market sector and who also has the ability to work across several other project types including industrial/manufacturing, healthcare, and commercial projects. The position will involve leading a multi-person design team through all phases (pre-design, design & construction documents, approval, construction administration, and close-out).

Candidates should be a registered architect with a minimum of 8 years’ experience, excel at client and consultant relations, be able to lead and mentor a team in order to produce a fully coordinated set of drawings in Revit, and hold an experienced understanding of ICC building codes.

Our ideal candidate should be an out-of-the box thinker with a passion for sports and recreation and experience designing a variety of athletic and recreation projects. As an Architect, you will be a technically savvy problem solver who possesses a keen knowledge about sports facility design including sports technologies and materials, field, and court configurations, and detailed layout and space requirements for a variety of indoor sports for youth, college, and non-professionals.

You will work closely with architectural job captains, designers, and production staff to ensure the quality, accuracy, and completeness of the final product exceeds our client’s expectations. You will be supported by Project Managers (PMs) who will assist with all aspects of the project. Clear communication to stakeholders throughout each stage of a project will result in the successful delivery of a project and proficiency in a wide range of software will ensure the timeliness, efficiency, and professionalism our clients expect. 

On any given day, you’ll:

  • Establish and nurture relationships with new and existing clients and assist in procuring work.
  • Manage multiple clients, multiple projects, and multiple project teams.
  • Establish an environment that encourages experimentation, innovation, and design creativity.
  • Manage projects throughout the entire design process, from pre-design through construction administration.
  • Oversee the technical production of project work, assuring that the work is on schedule, profitable, and conforms with Ayres’ quality standards and client contracts.
  • Analyze building codes, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with clients, consultants, coworkers, and regulatory agencies.
  • Assist PMs with project billing, resource management, and project planning.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship of internal staff.


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science (with Major in Architecture), Bachelor of Architecture, or Master of Architecture, from NAAB accredited university.
  • 8+ years’ architectural project experience with at least 3 of those years developing clients and leading projects in the sports, recreation, and wellness markets.
  • Registration as a Wisconsin registered architect in good standing, or NCARB certified Architect.
  • Proficiency in Revit, knowledge of ICC codes, experience in construction observation, consultant coordination, and regulatory agency coordination.
  • Standard technical knowledge needed for construction documentation in a variety of construction methods, material types, and project types.
  • A willingness to travel on an as needed basis.
  • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.


Desired skills and experience:

  • Ability to think outside the box to generate creative ideas and a passion for continuous improvement.
  • Proven aptitude for architectural marketing and business development.
  • Active participation and leadership in civic and/or professional organizations (especially those focused on sports, recreation, and wellness markets).
  • Ability to foster an inclusive environment that lends itself to staff development/mentorship, allowing staff to feel competent, supported, and driven toward career development.
  • LEED accreditation.
  • Strong portfolio of work, including award-winning projects where candidate had design responsibility.
  • Experience in successfully publishing and/or publicly presenting work.
  • Experience and ability to produce presentation documents/images using rendering software.


  • Health/dental/vision insurance offering affordable plans with flexible coverage options
  • Term life insurance
  • Voluntary additional life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment [AD&D] insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability


  • Opportunity to improve your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills through on-site Toastmasters International meetings
  • Paid membership dues to professional organizations
  • Paid licensing exam/prep course for professional certification
  • Encourage/reimburse for professional registrations and certifications

Work Life Balance:

  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays [including two floating holidays]
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Telecommuting
  • Employee Assistance Program offering 24/7 support, resources, and legal guidance


  • Encouraged (not required) employee participation in our wellness program, providing an opportunity to qualify for HSA contributions
  • Sit/stand workstations [where applicable]


  • Flexible spending plans and Health Savings Account (HSA) options
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)


  • Peer recognition program and mentor programs
  • Young Professionals [YP] networking group
  • Sporting events, dragon boat races, annual parties, summer picnics, and more!

Please note, benefits vary depending on job status.

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