Principal Architect

Company Details

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a bi-state public agency operating some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the New York/New Jersey region.

Port Authority architects work on a wide range of projects within the general context of transportation and infrastructure. The airports, ferries, tunnels, bridges, and bus and rail terminals form important transportation links in the region. Whether working on a major public project such as an airport terminal rehabilitation, or a support structure such as a firefighting facility, the in-house architectural team is committed to quality and efficiency to serve the design needs of the agency. The architectural unit is part of a multi-discipline group of engineers and other design professionals that form the Engineering Department of the agency.

The Port Authority is seeking to fill a position of Principal Architect in the Engineering Department’s Design Division.

While working under the supervision of the Office of the Chief Architect, the applicant shall be responsible for managing multiple projects within an assigned program management group that may include multiple State of Good Repair (SGR) projects and/or large redevelopment project(s). The applicant will implement architectural vision, conceptual direction, and the quality of design established by Chief Architect for architectural projects/programs. The individual will assign projects to Project Architects and Designers and manage their efforts. The applicant will evaluate the performance of assigned permanent and consultant staff, and provide performance management through counsel regarding training and professional development.

The individual shall be responsible for the initial approval of project proposals and budgets developed by Architectural staff prior to their submission to the Office of the Chief Architect. The individual shall be responsible for technical verification of project design, including but not limited to meeting designated codes and standards and life safety requirements. The individual shall be responsible for insuring that Contract Drawings are complete, biddable, and ready for signature. The applicant will interface with program managers, shall be responsible for resolution of all QA/QC issues, and may be required to represent the Office of the Chief Architect to internal and external constituencies.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • A minimum of a four-year degree from an architectural program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Boards (NAAB).
  • Licensed to practice Architecture in NY or NJ; an ability to achieve licensure in both states within six months of selection for position.
  • Fifteen or more years of experience in the field of transportation planning and architecture, personally developing programs and projects that include most of the following modes of transportation: airports, rail transit, light rail transit, bus terminals, ferry terminals, vehicular tunnels and toll plazas, open public space, and non-public facilities that support the public infrastructure.
  • Experience managing a staff of at least 4 architects in the production of transportation programs and projects through all phases of design and construction inspection.
  • Strong conceptualization, problem solving, technical competency, and decision-making skills as evidenced from experience in directing planning, conceptual design, design development, and contract documents of large and small-scale transportation programs and projects.
  • Teambuilding and resource management proficiency requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues.
  • Working knowledge of all codes and laws applicable to public space planning and design in order to properly manage and develop contract documents for signature by the Chief Architect.
  • Familiarity with Agency’s Sustainable Building Design and Infrastructure Guidelines and/or LEED. Superior oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Valid driver’s license


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • A professional five-year or three-year master’s degree in architecture from an accredited university or college.
  • Architectural licenses in both the states of New York and New Jersey.
  • Experience managing PANYNJ projects in the private sector.
  • Experience managing projects produced with BIM software.
  • LEED Accreditation.

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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