Ruhnau Clarke Architects is currently in a growth mode and we are looking for employees who are driven and love a challenge. We currently have a position available in our Riverside office for a Principal. We are architects specializing in K-12, higher educational facilities, public use projects and medical facilities. Ruhnau Clarke Architects offers excellent benefits and compensation commensurate with experience.

Talent Summary:

A Principal for Ruhnau Clarke Architects will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the concerns of one or more of the firm’s client(s) including overseeing a major project or projects through all phases of development. Where applicable, gives direction to assigned staff and leads as the main day to day point of contact for the client relationship and coordinates with other Studio leaders in the process of assigning appropriate staff to the projects they oversee.

As a Principal, you will establish and maintain your project budgets, schedules, and monitor adherence of the terms of contract expectations. You have the direct responsibility for client contact and authority to direct, control, and monitor all project activities. A Principal must have the strong ability to multi-task, prioritize and adjust to various project and business concerns daily as needed. A Principal must oversee several groups performing work or supporting studio workload while having the responsibility for ongoing marketing and business development, and maintaining a consistent backlog of work. A Principal for Ruhnau Clarke Architects must be responsible for becoming a known presence in community that they serve and the markets segments (both current and strategic) they serve.

Minimum Requirements

  • Education: Architectural degree from an accredited university or equivalent demonstrated proficiency.

  • Experience: Minimum of 12 years’ experience in production and coordination of documents in all phases of architectural practice and in management of projects preferably in k-12, higher educational facilities, public use projects, hotel or retail projects; business development and client relationship building skills; Architectural License strongly recommended.

  • Software: Microsoft Office Suite Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.) or demonstrated equivalent and proficiency.


The following are the minimum expectations for this position:


  • Establish productive working relationships, and deal effectively and cooperatively with clients, team members, consultants, and government agencies.

  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and performance-enhancing feedback to assigned team members.

  • Provide and direct the overall verbal and graphic communication of complex project concepts to clients, public agencies, and project team members, and be primary point of contact for all client issues.

  • Resolve project financial issues, including staffing adjustments, review of contractual obligations, and scope of service.

  • Collaborate with Firm Executive Leadership, Design, Project Management, Technical, and Marketing Leaders to help communicate and execute the firm’s desired strategic mission and vision.

  • Coordinate and provide assignments to office support and technical project staff, consultants, and vendors clearly, effectively, and professionally.

  • Monitor employee performance and take appropriate action to provide feedback both positive and constructive performance.

  • Supervise and manage multiple clients and project managers for all phases of projects; including the ability to supervise several groups.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

  • Write responses to client requested RFQ’s/RFP’S and negotiate contracts and fees with clients and consultants.

Business Development

  • Write and develop project marketing interview materials; participate and lead in project marketing interviews.

  • Ability to market project capability through public presentations and professional publications.

  • Attend conferences, events, and other networking opportunities.

  • Ability to develop new client contacts while also developing a network of current, past clients and industry partners.

  • Develop relationships with governing and other agency leaders.

  • Represent Ruhnau Clarke Architects’ culture, values, and ethics in the industry and in the community at large.

  • Coordinate with Executive Leadership to maintain an appropriate backlog of work for the firm.


  • Must demonstrate a motivation in seeking new responsibilities and challenges.

  • Able to set goals, prioritize, and plan work activities for self-management and use time efficiently.

  • Review and assist project staff in setting budgets, goals, and preparing work plans that clearly define their expectations, and take appropriate action when they are met and when they are not met.

  • Encourage professional and beneficial multi-level network relationships with various consultants that are alignment with project/client expectations.

  • Resolve collection of aged accounts and any financial issues with clients.

  • Responsible for ensuring that all Ruhnau Clarke Architects practices, procedures, standards, and policies are followed.

  • Identify and manage risk as directed by Executive Leadership.

  • Ensure that project managers support design and follow design intent and quality on all projects.

  • Ensure that documents are reviewed for quality, coordination, and compliance with the requirements of deliverables and client standards.

  • Review cost estimates and conduct value analysis as required on projects.

  • Resolve plan check and approval issues with the agencies and client on projects.

  • Ensure that materials and systems meet client standards and Ruhnau Clarke Architects’ minimum standard of care and are within budget.

  • Oversee and resolve issues during construction phase of all work under their supervision.

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