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At the office

A typical day at the office and how the things work at JW Architects

Every Tuesday morning each studio has a meeting with their team and the director of operations. JW Architects has three internal studios, low-rise, community and custom residential. Each studio is formed by Project Coordinator/Project Architect and designers. During these meetings, the Director of Operations goes through all the projects reviewing the schedules, deadlines and milestones of each one, as well as some office announcements. She always makes sure that we are gonna be able to reach the deadlines or how the weekly schedules look like for the Designers, trying to make feasible schedules for everybody.
These meetings are important for the studios to realize about the different projects and the phases with their deadlines. I remember the first time I went to one that I couldn’t follow anything because there are a lot of abbreviations and internal office terms that were unknown for me, nowadays I even participate in them.
After the weekly meeting I have to go back to my desk and keep working on my tasks. The office uses a software, 10kft, to track the projects and the hours we should be working on every task/phase. That will guide you on the priorities of your projects as well as the deadlines. The project Architect will meet with me every week to check-in and guide me on the next steps of each project, but I can reach them every time I need them by slack or just swinging by their desk.
This last month I’ve been working principally on two projects, an apartment building and a complex of townhouses and rowhouses. The projects have a total different scale which make it more interesting but at the same time you can be focusing on an specific part of the project. I’m working on the construction sets for both projects and I had to learn about the different zones and building codes that applies for each project.
In Seattle the projects can follow the SRC- Seattle Residential Code, for single family houses and low rise developments or the SBC- Seattle Building Code, which applies for  constructions up to 4 stories, usually apartment buildings, this can be a little bit confusing at the beginning so you have to pay attention and make sure that you are following the right codes for each project. The office has some Revit prototypes which makes everything much easier because you don’t need to create new legends or annotations from scratch for each project.

Maria O'Connor Nebot

Trainee at JW ArchitectsSeattle (Washington)

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