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Posted: 09/12/2017

PVN (Preservation Design Works, LLC)

PVN (Preservation Design Works) is a multi-discipline historic preservation consulting firm dedicated to increasing the use and viability of historic buildings and sites through preservation project advising and management, historical architecture and research, and comprehensive solutions for historic properties. PVN is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a national project geography. Consulting staff include licensed historical architects, historians, and professionals in related fields. Services are provided to a wide variety of clients, including real estate developers, owners of historic assets, and design professionals. Our team’s diverse training and backgrounds make us uniquely qualified to collaboratively develop successful building strategies and design solutions that meet federal preservation design standards and local preservation ordinances while also honoring our clients’ vision, budget, and schedule.

Project Director/Historical Architect
Professional Opportunity
Minneapolis, MN



Historical architects are the core of project management and preservation design services at PVN. In their role as Project Directors, historical architects act as PVNs project manager, guiding the project from start through completion, actively engaging with clients, managing all project communication, and executing strategic solutions to the most challenging preservation problems. Architects bring design and construction experience suited to work with PVN staff, clients, and project stakeholders to collaboratively develop project strategies and design solutions that meet preservation standards and guidelines, project goals, and existing historic materials and conditions of the building. PVN is not a full-service design firm, but rather uses historic preservation design and expertise to make historic preservation projects happen.


·         Project Strategies: Development and execution of project strategies to solve the most challenging preservation problems in collaboration with PVN staff and clients

·         Project Management: Client service, project communication, and execution of project strategies through to success, including active collaboration with PVN staff and project team members, clients, reviewing agencies, and project stakeholders

·         Historic Tax Credit Applications: Certification of projects for state and federal historic tax credits

·         Regulatory Approvals: Work with local Historic Preservation Commissions (HPC) , State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), National Park Service (NPS), and other reviewing agencies to  navigate and complete project compliance requirements

·         Building Assessments: Historic materials surveys and condition assessments, documentation of existing conditions (photographic and narrative), and development of prioritized recommendations

·         Design Services: Recommendations for treatment of historic materials, review of construction details and specifications, evaluations of proposed rehabilitation projects as they relate to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (the Standards), Historic Structure Reports (HSRs), and collaboration with the project team to develop design solutions for preservation

·         Construction Services: Review of construction for compliance with historic preservation approvals; review of field conditions and development of recommendations for repair

Required Education/Experience

Professional (NAAB-accredited) degree in architecture is required. The candidate must meet, or be in the process of meeting, the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualification Standards for Historic Architecture or Architecture and have a license to practice architecture. A successful candidate will have experience with historic rehabilitation projects, extremely strong verbal and written communication skills, and a passion for building reuse. At a minimum, applicants should have an  understanding of different building types, construction methods, and historic materials, as well as the ability to read and understand historic structures, drawings, and specifications. The applicant must be able to travel, perform collaboratively and independently, and work efficiently in an open-office environment.

All staff reflect and thrive in the PVN culture of exemplary client service, collaboration, respect, integrity, and persistence to work towards a successful reuse of historic structures. Candidates must have the capacity to build strong and trusting relationships with colleagues, clients, and project stakeholders. PVN Core Values: Open-Minded, Responsive, Collaborative, and possessing Technical Empathy.

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How to apply
If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Meghan Elliott at elliott@pvnworks.com.
575 9th Street SE
Ste 215
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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