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Careers at PF&A


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PF&A Design has immediate positions available for highly motivated individuals who are talented designers with strong verbal communication, production, design and graphic skills. The ideal candidates have the natural ability to prioritize a litany of tasks, negotiate schedules, garner trust and credibility, nurture relationships and communicate with extreme proficiency.

PF&A seeks innovative candidates in pursuit of a long established career with the firm.  We support growth towards licensure and engage the candidate as a long term investment. PF&A is a national award winning firm with recognition in architecture and interiors.


INTERIOR DESIGNERS (Entry level to Senior level)

  • Graduate from a four-year CIDA (formerly FIDER) accredited Interior Design program

    - Entry level. One to 3 years of experience a plus.
    - Mid level: Four to 7 years of experience.
    - Senior level: Eight to 10+ years of experience.

  • Skills in Revit and AutoCAD required

  • Additional presentation skills in SketchUp, Illustrator and Photoshop a plus

  • Ability to self-start and work with team in a small office environment and multi-tasking will be paramount to success

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume in PDF format, portfolio and work samples (include renderings) with references to Sharon Szalai.


ARCHITECTURAL INTERN LEVEL I (1 to 3+ Years)

  • BS/BA of Architecture or Masters of Architecture degree required

  • Proficiency with Revit required. Auto-CAD a plus

  • Skills in rendering required

  • Capability of learning quickly on the job

  • Experience in prior architectural office a plus but not mandatory

  • Experience in prior architectural offices a plus but not mandatory

  • Self-motivation and a desire to grow with the firm a plus

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume in PDF format, portfolio and work samples (include renderings) with references to Sharon Szalai.


ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER (Entry level - 1 to 3+ Years)

  • Experience in prior architectural office a plus but not mandatory

  • Proficiency in Revit a must. Ability to create and manage families, templates, and central models in order to optimize project and work-sharing efficiencies required.

  • Experience with AutoCAD, Bluebeam, SketchUp a plus.

  • Experience with Architectural detailing a plus.

  • Flexibility to work both collaboratively and independently on projects of all scales and types.

  • Successful candidates should exhibit genuine interest in the A/E industry and embrace the teamwork philosophy.

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume in PDF format with references to Sharon Szalai.

 

ACHA Certificant Spotlight: Sharon Szalai


Sharon is the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Spring 2019 issue spotlighted Certificant!

Click on image on the left, turn to page 3, and find out how what motivates her and excites her about healthcare architecture!

Happy Retirement Lynne!


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Please join us in extending best wishes to PF&A Design Associate Lynne Manning who is retiring!

Lynne has been an esteemed member of the firm for five years and she will be greatly missed by staff and clients alike. We have all benefited from her talent as an interior designer and amicability as a leader, colleague, and friend!

We know she is eager to catch up on time with her family and the community work that she loves so much. We wish Lynne well as she starts a new chapter in her interesting life!

5th Annual Soup Day


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Fifth Annual Soup Day today! What an awesome way to warm our bellies on this very cold winter day in Norfolk! Terry, thank you for the delicious spread of homemade soups and corn bread. You have spoiled us once again!

A long time friend and partner of PF&A’s, Terry Umberger works as an Account Executive for Interface. www.interface.com

Holiday Cheer!


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A few snapshots from our PF&A holiday party. Thanks to everyone there - you made our party wonderful! (Bob Ross and your Christmas squirrel too!)

A special shout-out to Norfolk’s Brick Anchor Brew House for providing us with the perfect venue, tasty food and the most clever drink menus in town!

PF&A Names New Associates!


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Join us in congratulating our newest Associates, Sara Heppe, NCARB, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT and David Peronnet, NCARB, AIA! Sara and David joined PF&A as project architects in 2015 and 2016 respectively and have since, with their talent and leadership, greatly contributed to the success of the firm. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Sara has more than ten years of professional experience in architecture. Along with her award winning design skills, Sara is fully committed to sustainability and high performance buildings because of their benefits to their owners, their communities, and their environments. Her experience encompasses projects for higher education facilities, labs, and a variety of healthcare spaces ranging from inpatient behavioral health to new outpatient buildings. David offers over twenty years of professional architectural experience and holds several degrees including a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. David has a diverse design background that includes graphic design work for major USA companies, design education and publishing, and architectural work that ranges from single family residences, laboratories, liturgical buildings, and healthcare facilities. Congratulations!

Pun-kins, Pop-kins, Creative-kins


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‘Spooky’ by Stephanie B. is this year’s winner!

‘Spooky’ by Stephanie B. is this year’s winner!

‘You missed’ by Phil H.

‘You missed’ by Phil H.

‘Medusa’ by Betsy K.

‘Medusa’ by Betsy K.

‘Cheshire’ by Stella C.

‘Cheshire’ by Stella C.

Pun-kins, pop-kins, creative-kins abound. A 'gourd' time at PF&A's second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

We might have a small crop this year - but it’s mighty big on creativity and talent!

'Witch' one's your favorite?

Sharon L. Szalai Receives ACHA Board Certificate!


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The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has announced that Sharon L. Szalai, Principal at PF&A Design has earned her Board Certificate in healthcare architecture. Szalai recently passed an accredited examination, which assesses the knowledge and understanding of architects who practice as healthcare specialists. She joins the ranks of over 400 ACHA colleagues in the US and Canada who have received this important architectural credential.

ACHA requires its certificate holders to work towards the improvement of healthcare architecture on behalf of the public, to practice in an ethical manner and to maintain the highest standards in the specialized field of healthcare architecture.

Congratulations on your accomplishment Sharon!

 

Announcing Newly Licensed Architect: Jonathan Hiser


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PF&A Design is proud to announce that Jonathan Hiser, Assoc. AIA successfully completed his Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and is a newly licensed architect.

The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The ARE is designed to assess aspects of architectural practice that affect the integrity, soundness, and health impact of a building. The exam also assesses an architect’s responsibilities within firms, such as managing projects and coordinating the work of other professionals.

Jonathan joined PF&A in 2016 and is an integral part of the firm and our architecture practice. Jonathan earned his Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech. His experience includes all phases of design through construction management. He has worked on several large projects including a 30,000SF Rehab, Physical Therapy and Transitional Care Unit for our local Children’s Hospital and a Cancer Center addition in Richmond, Virginia.

Congratulations Jonathan!

 

Starting Summer Hours


PF&A will be observing summer hours beginning May 25, 2018 through Labor Day. The office will be open as follows:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - Noon

As always, we will be accessible to answer any of your questions, if needed, during the off hours.

Fourth Annual Soup Day!


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PF&A was just treated to the Fourth Annual Soup Day! The menu included vegan chili, coconut curried chicken stew, white bean and Italian sausage, and cornbread - each homemade! Terry, you are an amazing cook!

From the entire staff, "Thank you Terry, Layne, and Stanley Stephens Co., Inc.!"

Congratulations Emily!


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Congratulations Emily on earning the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certificate!

This certification for professional interior designers demonstrates her proficiency and experience in designing solutions that are functional, aesthetically appealing, and protects the life, safety, and welfare of the community.

Ms. Bickel joined PF&A in 2013 and she brings significant experience in space planning, furniture and finish selections as well as lighting and interior design. She is highly skilled in employing the latest Revit modeling tools to create photoreaslistic renderings and illustrations. 

 


Inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest


The Little Angry Pumpkin" by Phil H.

The Little Angry Pumpkin" by Phil H.

Pun-kins, pop-kins, creative-kins abound. A 'gourd' time at PF&A's first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

'Witch' one's your favorite?

"Zucca Arcimboldo" by Betsy K.

"Zucca Arcimboldo" by Betsy K.

"Halloween Happy Hour Holiday" by Joe T.

"Halloween Happy Hour Holiday" by Joe T.

"Pumpkin Pi" by Jonathan H.

"Pumpkin Pi" by Jonathan H.

"I'll Get you My Pretty" by Stephanie B.

"I'll Get you My Pretty" by Stephanie B.

"Oh yeah! It's the Kool Aid Guy" by Sara H.

"Oh yeah! It's the Kool Aid Guy" by Sara H.

"Stranger Things" by Becky W.

"Stranger Things" by Becky W.

Kimberly Bernheimer Named Associate Principal

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PF&A is pleased to announce that Kimberly J. Bernheimer has been named Associate Principal.

Kim’s contributions and commitment to our clients over the years have been outstanding and have advanced the growth of PF&A Design over the years.

PF&A is proud to be able to recognize those who are leading the firm and driving transformational change for our clients!

Congratulations Kim!

 

Congratulations Becky!


Congratulations Becky on earning the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certificate!

This certification for professional interior designers demonstrates her proficiency and experience in designing solutions that are functional, aesthetically appealing, and protects the life, safety, and welfare of the community.

Mrs. Wall joined PF&A in 2015 and she brings significant experience in space planning, furniture and finish selections as well as lighting and interior design.