career opportunities


January 29, 2024

AHL is an award-winning architectural firm with over 75 years of local, national, and international experience in architecture, planning, interior, and sustainable design. With a passion of creating designs that inspire, AHL delivers innovative and story-telling designs through thoughtful consideration of the culture and environment. AHL provides services for projects in all market sectors including high-rise residential, commercial, healthcare, educational, hospitality, retail, industrial, institutional, and military.

AHL’s office in downtown Honolulu is seeking a Specifier to join our highly creative and collaborative team. The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for specification writing for all project types.

Salary Range: $70,000 to $90,000

AHL offers a hybrid office/remote 3/2 schedule, 4-1/2 day work week, and additional remote working options for accounting personnel.

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university preferred.
  • Minimum of six years general experience in all phases of architecture with minimum two years specific experience in full-time architectural specification writing.
  • Architectural degree preferred.

  • CSI membership recommended.  
  • Architectural registration/LEED Accreditation preferred.

  • Extensive knowledge of quality, use, cost and availab­ility of materials and equipment, methods of construction, and building codes.  
  • Substantial knowledge of construction and liability laws and ethics.  
  • Substantial knowledge of current developments in specification writing, and interrelation of contract documents, including current AIA General Conditions and forms.
typical duties
  • Prepares detailed specifications without supervision.
  • Researches, evaluates and recommends action on use of new material and methods.
  • Assists staff in selecting proper products or technical information as required.
  • Exercises discretion and independent judgement with respect to production specification and product selection for projects undertaken by the office.
  • Maintains master specifications.
  • Assists and confers with project architect or project manager in compiling outline specifications.
  • Coordinates production of specification with consultants, agencies, and project staff.
  • Maintains a current data resource center.
  • Evaluates contractor's quotations for change orders, as requested.
  • Approval of material qualification in review of substitutions, submittals and shop drawings.
  • Assists Job Captain and/or Project Architect/Project Manager in coordinated checking of working drawings and details as specifications develop.
AHL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex including gender identity and expression, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, status as a qualified individual with a disability, status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence, marital status, sexual orientation, credit history or arrest and court record, or any other status protected by federal or state law.