Principal ML Architect, Foundations – Generative AI

Autodesk is leading the transformation of the AEC industry, integrating AI technology into our products. We’re enhancing our applications with cloud-native capabilities, including data at scale, edge computing, AI-based solutions, and advanced 3D modeling and graphics. This innovation is happening across our flagship products—AutoCAD, Revit, and Construction Cloud—and Forma, our new Industry Cloud.

As a Principal ML Architect on the AEC Solutions team, you will join a team of technologists to design and build end-to-end machine learning pipelines that will have organizational- and industry-wide impact. You will collaborate across organizations with a versatile group of AI Researchers, ML Engineers, Software Architects, and Experience Designers who are building cutting-edge foundation models and generative AI tools for the AEC industry. This is a highly strategic and visible role to help evolve our next-generation systems.

Report: You will report to the Senior AI/ML Development Manager in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Solutions Team.

Location: We support hybrid work, and you work near our Boston, Massachusetts or Toronto, Canada offices.


  • Work across organizations in Research, Platform, and Product to design end-to-end machine learning solutions for the AEC industry foundation models
  • Contribute to the backend service work for the AEC Generative AI Systems
  • Design and develop GPU-optimized, efficient model pipelines for the AEC Generative AI work that leverages the internal ML Ops Platform
  • Ensure that the system architecture and design deliver a scalable, reliable cloud service with observability, logging, and tracing to enable quick detection, understanding and resolution of run-time issues.
  • Contribute to the architecture and design of the internal AI inference platform that will handle and serve a collection of ML models in a highly scalable and resilient system
  • Collaborate with the ML Ops Platform team and other AEC Architects to design and build functionality that will allow the AEC Generative AI team to optimize training, data labeling, and data management
  • Work with the AEC Generative AI Data Pipelines team on generating derivatives from source data that will feed the ML training pipeline
  • Work with other Software Architects on preparing and vetting RFCs for our machine learning pipeline solutions
  • Mentor and support the AEC Generative AI Machine Learning Team and foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement
  • Work with Product Managers to translate overall system architecture and product requirements into well-designed and implemented software components

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Machine Learning or a related field
  • 10+ years of software/ML engineering experience
  • A deep and proven understanding of AI/ML and deep learning techniques, including ML frameworks, public cloud, and commercial AI/ML solutions
  • Demonstrated experience with Pytorch and Sagemaker
  • Experience designing and building end-to-end machine learning pipelines that include model training, model optimization, ML system architecture design, and scalable ML model deployment
  • Validated expertise in the creation, optimization, and operation of GPU-intensive ML workloads in production environments
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills working across different disciplines and organizations with the ability to think strategically and make data-driven decisions
  • Experience delivering production applications with Amazon Web Services
  • Experience with Scrum and Agile development processes and methodologies
  • Experience delivering high-quality software at scale

Other Qualifications:

  • Experience working in AEC or AEC-related field
  • Experience as a technical lead; demonstrating strong communication, collaboration, and project management skills
  • Willing to take responsibility and ownership of features and drive key architectural decisions
  • Committed to encouraging an open and inclusive work environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, collaborate, and build long-term relationships across the organization
  • A strong desire and ability to mentor others in achieving engineering excellence to be a catalyst on the team

Ideal Candidate:

  • You are passionate about staying up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in AI/ML
  • You easily collaborate with other members of an Agile team to get products and components developed and completed.
  • You are constantly striving to learn new technologies and methodologies.
  • You exhibit a low tolerance for inefficiency and have a burning desire to automate anything that can be automated.
  • You are adaptable, customer-focused, and seek new ways to solve hard problems.
  • You have a passion for making simple, scalable platforms used by other engineering teams.

About Autodesk:

Welcome to Autodesk! Amazing things are created every day with our software – from the greenest buildings and cleanest cars to the smartest factories and biggest hit movies. We help innovators turn their ideas into reality, transforming not only how things are made, but what can be made.

We take great pride in our culture here at Autodesk – our Culture Code is at the core of everything we do. Our values and ways of working help our people thrive and realize their potential, which leads to even better outcomes for our customers.

When you’re an Autodesker, you can be your whole, authentic self and do meaningful work that helps build a better future for all. Ready to shape the world and your future? Join us!


From health and financial benefits to time away and everyday wellness, we give Autodeskers the best, so they can do their best work. Learn more about our benefits in the U.S. by visiting

Salary transparency:

Salary is one part of Autodesk’s competitive compensation package. For U.S.-based roles, we expect a starting base salary between $166,600 and $269,500. Offers are based on the candidate’s experience and geographic location, and may exceed this range. In addition to base salaries, we also have a significant emphasis on annual cash bonuses, commissions for sales roles, stock grants, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

At Autodesk, we’re building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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