The Smith Consulting Group

Director of Forensic Architecture

The Smith Consulting Group - Dallas, TX

Director of Forensic Architecture:

Our client is seeking an Architect registered in Texas or Florida to perform forensic work. The ideal candidate will be able to lead and help grow this burgeoning practice area within the firm. The architect will be expected to evaluate the cause(s) of defects or failure and options for repair in a variety of construction-related circumstances, including roof and building envelope evaluations, as well as premises liability evaluations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Evaluate the cause and extent of damage stemming from alleged defective construction and/or design

Evaluate the performance of design professionals and contractors relative to the standard of care

Evaluate scope of repair and repair options

Work with engineers to prepare repair plans for damaged buildings

Evaluate properties for premises liability litigation

Effectively communicate opinions in writing and verbally, and sometimes as courtroom testimony

Effectively and patiently communicate technical matters to laypersons and attorneys


Registered architect in at least one state and will obtain registration in TX within six (6) months

Hold a current NCARB Record and Certificate or within six (6) months

 Must never have been disciplined by a state board or licensing authority

Must never have been disqualified as an expert witness

Must be able to work independently, efficiently manage your time, and meet deadlines on multiple concurrent projects

Must be able to quickly adapt to change to meet business needs

Excellent leadership and interpersonal communications skills with the ability to effectively, persuasively, and tactfully interact with clients and employees at all levels of the organization

Strong organizational, analytical, and planning skills with attention to detail and a high quality of work in a pressure environment

Effective oral and written communication skills. Public speaking is a must; effective report writing is critical

Proven project management, data interpretation, and technical writing skills

Supervisory experience desired

Ability to travel and support project needs both in and out of state

Demonstrated intermediate-level computer skills


Registered architect with at least 15 years of experience including at least 5 years in forensics/construction defects

Bachelor or Graduate degree in Architecture from a NAAB-accredited university

Experienced with the design, detailing, installation, and specification of exterior cladding, window, and/or roof systems

Experienced performing field inspections of the above

Familiar with the design process and code review in general

Destructive testing experience

Testifying experience (deposition, arbitration, or trial) preferred


Registered Architect, required

Must be willing and able to perform all types of field inspections (exterior, interior and roofs) and to work at heights or in confined spaces (attics and/or crawlspaces)

Must be willing to put in long hours as needed during peak time.

Must be willing and able to travel by car or air; occasional overnight travel should be expected

Our client is employee-owned and offers competitive benefits, which include a 401(k) plan with employer matching component; major medical, dental, and vision health coverage; company-provided life insurance with AD&D coverage; health savings account with employer contribution component; voluntary disability coverages; and generous paid time off. Employees are typically able to purchase Company stock after about two years. Their collaborative environment supports career advancement through professional training and development.




Posted On: Thursday, January 11, 2024

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