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Facades Designer - NY (2349) in New York, NY at BuroHappold Engineering

Date Posted: 2/6/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    New York, NY
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  • Experience:
    Not Specified
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Job Description

Our facades team in New York have proven time and time again their work is more than just aesthetics. We are a passionate team of creatives, dedicated to ensuring our designs are sustainable, environmentally-friendly and energy efficient. From the award-winning National 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion to the elegant Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, we have cemented our reputation for iconic engineering designs on iconic New York projects.

Type of contract

Graduate, Engineer

Area of Expertise
Specialist Engineering


Office / Project Location
New York

Closing Date

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A thorough knowledge of the way in which facades are constructed means you can trust us with your project from concept design through to ‘nuts and bolts’. 

We are recruiting a talented Facade Designer to work an exciting project portfolio, if you are looking for a challenge then read on...

 What sort of projects would I work on?


The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is expanding its facilities with the construction of a new wing that will house a icketing theater and exhibition space. This extension is organic and biomorphic in design, and will be clad in 20,000ft2 of colored glass onto which our client plans to project graphics and other animation to attract and entertain visitors.


This project offered BuroHappold Engineering the opportunity of working on a unique Snøhetta design, which utilized over 1,100 tons of structural steel and posed unprecedented challenges through its limited structural support, complex geometry, constraints on all sides, and tight security requirements.


Created to mark the 75th anniversary of the Saudi Aramco oil company, the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture is a cultural first for Saudi Arabia. The Centre offers a range of specialised cultural, educational and youth leadership programmes and activities, to promote a positive impact on human development and culture within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

What would I do?

  • Assist in developing jobs technically from initial Client idea using various materials such as: aluminium, steel, concrete, stone, glass and timber. Understand architectural component detail design including aesthetics.
  • Deliver work in a timely and technically competent manner.
  • Increase your awareness of basic weather performance issues, basic building physics including ventilation, solar gain control, thermal insulation and glare control.
  • Develop your experience of the practical aspects of handling and fabricating typical cladding materials.
  • Hone your understanding of international standards and building codes. (For example British Standards, Eurocodes, International Building Code, UBC, Aluminium Design Manual, Australian and NZ standards, ASTM Standards, Saudi Building Code.)
  • Work with other teams and gain an awareness of the problems and constraints of the other major design disciplines such as Architectural, Structures, Building Services/MEP, Fire Engineering, Acoustics, and computer modelling.
  • Develop strong design leadership on façade issues to the rest of the Client’s design team.
  • Maintain good client relations throughout the job.
  • Improve your competency across various software such as Autodesk Robot, STAAD, Strand, SAP2000, MEPLA and Therm.

Qualified professionals will have: 

  • Experience of 3d computer modeling packages/ Revit is desired, but not essential.
  • Excellent communications skills (both written and verbal).
  • Ideally degree qualified in architecture or engineering (but not essential), or approaching an appropriate professional qualification.
  • up to 1-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Able to understand the balance of priorities on differing projects.

BuroHappold is proud to be a practice of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the countries in which we operate.  We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions. BuroHappold actively promotes inclusivity across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential. This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on your skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role.