Washington Support Office, Historic American Buildings Survey

Architect  -  Washington, DC


Historic American Building Survey (HABS) LHIP Architects measure buildings, landscapes, industrial structures, sites, and objects, including floating vessels, and produce existing-conditions drawings in Computer-aided Design (CAD), including drawings that interpret and explain industrial processes and engineering works.

The position requires hand sketching and hand measuring in the field and the production of detailed, as-built, measured drawings of historic sites and structures in AutoCAD. Architect interns produce standard two-dimensional landscape architectural drawings (site plans, site sections, details, etc.) and some work in three- dimensional modeling may be required.

An exact documentation project for summer 2019 has not yet been selected but possible site locations include several historic houses in Washington, DC. The Architect Intern position is supervised by a permanent member of the Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) staff.

Read more about HABS and the LHIP 2018 interns work in the following article: https://www.hispanicaccess.org/news/historic-american-buildings-survey-honoring-past-preserving-our-legacy/oct-2018


  • Applicants should have completed at least three years in an accredited program of architecture or pursuing a degree/certificate in Historic Preservation.
  • Coursework in an accredited design major or technical/computer-aided drafting is strongly recommended (e.g. Architecture, Architectural History, Historic Preservation).
  • Work samples may be requested prior to placement (e.g. freehand pencil sketches, drawings produced in AutoCAD 2015 or later version, etc.).
  • Applicants should possess the following three skills: hand lettering, freehand sketching, and precision computer-aided drafting.
  • Experience in producing field measurements and measured drawing is recommended, but not required. 
  • Experience with using AutoCAD or other CAD software is strongly recommended.


Housing for the summer can be provided in George Washington University (Available between May 26th to August 3rd). Selected interns can also find their own housing and receive a stipend contingent upon budget limits.

About the Historic American Buildings Survey:

Heritage Documentation Programs administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. The office staff consists of architects, historians, and landscape architects. Documentation consists of measured and interpretative drawings, written historical reports and large-format photographs. The documentation produced by HABS/HAER/HALS is archived in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, which makes the documentation available to a worldwide audience on their website.

Learn more about HABS at:

HDP Program: http://www.nps.gov/hdp

Search the Collections: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/

Follow Us: http://www.facebook.com/HeritageDocumentationPrograms

HDP YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HDPNPS