Safdie Architects is seeking to add an in-house Architectural Archivist to their design studio in Somerville, MA. The Archivist will work directly with Moshe Safdie and the studio’s Principals to determine the significance of source material, oversee the transfer of materials to the Safdie Archive at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and direct the internal asset and knowledge management activities of the studio.
Currently comprised of material from 235 projects, the Moshe Safdie Archive records the progression of Safdie's career from his first unpublished university papers to the firm’s current projects. The collection includes 140,000 drawings, over 200 architectural models, extensive project files, audio visual and digital material, 100,000 project photos and travel slides, 215 personal sketchbooks, and 2,250 large sketches.
Primary responsibilities include:
manage the processing and preservation of original sketches and models
maintain archive of original and digitized visual materials and other digital assets, including video, film, publications, and articles
collaborate with McGill’s Canadian Architecture Collection on archival standards
organize, catalogue, and transfer materials to the Safdie Archive and other locations
collaborate with project leaders to develop best practices and procedures for in-house records management and tracking of active project-related materials
support communications, publications and exhibition initiatives as it relates to the retrieval and lending of archival materials
Preference given to candidates with:
Advanced degree in library science, architecture, art history and/or equivalent professional experience
Prior experience with an architectural practice and/or architectural archive • Strong knowledge of archival standards and protocols, digital standards, and collections management • Experience using and managing Digital Asset Management programs
Safdie Architects is an architecture and urban design studio imbued with a spirit of idealism and innovation. The practice is research-oriented and forward thinking, drawing upon a depth of experience to solve contemporary building challenges in imaginative and unexpected ways. With intense personal involvement of Moshe and the core group of Principals, the practice operates in the model of a design studio environment - yet with the resources, design intelligence, and nimble organization to deliver some of the world’s largest and most complex commissions.