Production Manager

Date Posted: May 30, 2019

Salary Range: Other
Additional Salary Information: $40,000-$45,000 per annum
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Philip Beesley Architect Inc. & Living Architecture Systems Group

 Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI) and the Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) bring together pioneering researchers and industry partners from centres across North America and Europe in a highly interdisciplinary research cluster dedicated to developing interdisciplinary working methods, innovative technologies and new critical aesthetics within the emerging field of responsive architecture. “Living Architecture”, as proposed by LASG, is the integration of near-living qualities into our built environment through the interdisciplinary synthesis of technological systems. Applying knowledge from interdisciplinary research, LASG is developing environments that can move, respond, and learn; environments that grow themselves and that are adaptive and empathic toward their inhabitants. This research is influencing how we build architecture by transforming the physical structures that support and enclose buildings, the technical systems that gather information and control our interior environments, and the expressive aesthetics of architecture.
 
The LASG operates in conjunction with ​PBAI studio, working in a wide range of projects that include experimental interactive installation and sculpture projects using advanced digital prototyping equipment, as well as traditional architectural developments, graphic design, and exhibitry. The studio is associated with the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture and includes frequent exchanges with students and researchers.  Principals of the studio are professors at the School.   More information on LASG and PBAI can be seen at http://livingarchitecturesystems.com/ and www.philipbeesley.com
 



Job Description

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG)/Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
 
Position: Production Manager, Living Architecture Systems Group/Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
Start date: Late June 2019 / Early July 2019 
Place of Employment: 213 Sterling Road Suite 200, Toronto, ON
Conditions: $40,000 - $45,000 per annum
 
The Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) and Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI) are seeking a Production Manager responsible for day-to-day creative production, equipment, and logistics at the LASG Studio. This position would especially suit a highly creative individual skilled in digital fabrication, visual art and sculpture methods interested in growing and exploring within a small central team leading collaborative international projects. 
 
The LASG is a research partnership that explores the boundaries of responsive architectural systems.  Philip Beesley Architect Inc. has an international art practice with multiple collaborations in sculpture and fashion. Philip Beesley Architect Inc. works in partnership with the LASG.  The LASG  is supported by a multi-year partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and by a series of commissions by galleries and museums. The group includes academic, institutional, and industrial partners organized in 6 Research Streams: Scaffolds, Synthetic Cognition, Metabolism, Human Experience, Interdisciplinary Methods, and Theory. Each Stream is coordinated by academic leaders. 
 
This Studio team undertakes a number of research and physical prototyping activities throughout an academic year. Activities and projects range in scale from small sculptures to large museum and public art installations, and often include collaboration with LASG partners.  Projects are often located overseas. Versatile craft in multiple mixed media are involved. The Production Manager will directly oversee production and would participate in installation. Interaction with others includes staff, students, and other technicians working at the Studio. Responsibility would include communication and coordination of occasional teams of volunteers. 
 
 For more information visit www.livingarchitecturesystems.ca and www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Direction of production
  • Providing technical assistance on equipment to staff, students, and other technicians working at the studio
  • Safety training
  • Equipment operation 
  • Organization of fabrication/production zones
  • Supervision of prototyping and production 
  • Supply stocking and associated records
  • Equipment maintenance and associated records
  • Ensuring workshop, production and installation areas are cleanly maintained and safe for operation
  • Prototyping, production, and packaging of project material 
  • Logistics and installation of exhibition and installation projects


Requirements:

SKILLS
  • Deep interest and skill in craft and workshop equipment
    Strong verbal and written communication 
  • Organized, efficient file and record management 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, cyclical development, evolving scopes and budgets 
  • Competency in software: digital communication tools, digital graphic media applications, digital project management tools
  • Expertise with PC-Windows based OS 
  • Familiarity with CAD/CAM tools an asset
  • Ability to work at heights
  • Safety and WHMIS training


Additional Info:

EXPERIENCE
  • Degree in a field of study related to LASG/PBAI projects  
  • Employment experience in relevant areas
  • Familiarity with aspects of prototyping, fabrication, digital design and geometry, interactive electronics 
 
KEY QUALITIES
  • Interest in contemporary fabrication 
  • Flexible, able to take on widely varying responsibilities 
  • High-spirited, self-motivated, and self-governed individual 
  • Patient, highly cooperative and communicative in diverse groups
 
 

How to Apply:

Send a personal letter in confidence to Melanie Neves (mneves@lasg.ca), Operations Director for LASG/PBAI,  confirming your knowledge of the LASG/PBAI group and discussing how your interests and experience might relate to the position. Accompany this with a current curriculum vitae. If available include online links or a portfolio.

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