A project lead or lead architect oversees a team of architects and draftsmen working on a architectural project. The architectural job captain oversees the work of architects and draftsmen, reporting progress and issues to the project lead as needed. They ensure that the team stays on schedule and executes schematics that conform to the requirements of the project leader or designer. The job captain works as an architect and may participate in the creation of drawings and drafts. They usually help create needed drawings using computer-aided drafting software (CAD). In their supervisory role, the job captain also reviews the drawings of the rest of the architectural team, suggests revisions, and has other draftsmen update designs on those suggestions.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead a team of architects, structural engineers, draftsmen and general contractors during a large building project.
- Coordinate with project leadership team to develop execution plan.
- Ensure building designs are structurally sound and functional, as well as aesthetically in line with the developer’s ideas.
- Project team coordination for drawings, specification, cost estimates and reports.
- Develop documents at all stages of the design from conceptual visualization to technical detailing.
- Prepare technical documents and reports.
- Collaborate with engineers for creative design solutions.
- Construction administration, including submittal review and construction meetings.
The skills and experience that the Architectural Job Captain must have vary from firm to firm. However, the primary requirement is skill in understanding ‘how’ a building is put together, as well as a keen understanding of the process required to document the building for the Planning and the Building & Safety Departments.