General Function:Assist in fulfilling PVA’s mission by providing professional expertise in the field of architecture.Promotes quality VA Health Care by:•Conducting reviews of VA design/ construction projects, particularly SCI centers for compliance with federal design standards.•Preparing architectural analyses of VA projects and recommendations for corrective measures.•Participating in site visits to VA facilities to assist in architectural assessments, presentations, and special studies.Enhances Chapter accessibility initiatives by:•Providing timely and accurate technical assistance.•Participating in chapter educational seminars as a speaker in accessible design.•Assisting in architectural-related legal matters through expert advice, architectural analyses and site visits.Maintains professional and technical knowledge by:•Participating in research projects, special studies, and task groups on accessible design and healthcare architecture.•Attending educational seminars, reviewing professional publications, participating in professional societies.Promotes improved standards and requirements for accessible design by:•Participating in model building code meetings, hearing and task groups.•Monitoring the development, modifications and revision of federal design standards. •Providing analysis and recommendations for improved design standards.Promotes knowledge of accessible design by:•Contributing articles for Paraplegia News, professional magazines and other publications.•Participating in educational seminars and workshop about accessible design.•Preparing written and graphic information for presentation to a range of audience.
Knowledge and Skills Required:•Must have a Bachelor of Architecture degree with 8 years experience minimum in design and construction. Must have a professional architectural license.•Must be a licensed architect, currently registered by a state, territory, commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.•Working knowledge of federal design standards (UFAS, ADAAG), national voluntary design standards (ANSI A117.1), International Building Code, and VA accessibility standards.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members—veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
Paralyzed Veterans will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for:
-Quality health care... for our members,
-Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction,
-Benefits available as a result of our members’ military service,
-Civil rights and opportunities which maximize the independence of our members.
-Promotes an accessible, barrier-free environment. We advocate for accessible design in architecture and construction industries.