Entry to Mid-level Architect for Contemporary Residential Design Practice
West Architecture Studio
July 17, 2018
Full Time - Mid-Level
Architect, Architectural Intern, Designer
Company and Position Overview: West Architecture Studio is a small, award-winning, very design-focused, residential practice based in Atlanta, GA with some occasional national and international projects. I am currently a one-person operation so the ideal candidate will possess and be responsible for a range of supporting skills. Being a very small, residential practice, I can't promise a large salary starting out but, the position being basically my right-hand person, I can promise you will learn a lot in a short period of time and get an exciting range of responsibilities and opportunities that you won't typically get at a larger firm and the work is never boring. And once you've proven yourself as a valuable asset to the firm, commensurate salary increases will likely come more quickly than at a larger firm. You will also likely get experience, not just in architecture, but also in real estate as I have a sister company, Lucid, that develops and sells contemporary speculative homes in conjunction with investor partners. Our office is located in a very vibrant part of Atlanta in the best walking neighborhood in the city - less than 100 yards from the Beltline and close proximity to many bars and restaurants as well as public transportation.
Position Details: I am seeking a mid-level Designer/Architect with 2-6 years of experience for a full-time position but may consider those seeking part-time or contract work or those seeking to transition from part-time or contract work to a full-time position in the future (min. 20 hours per week) if the fit is right.
Requested Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture is highly preferred. Those without an architecture degree would need to possess exceptional skills and experience specific to high-end residential design to be considered.
Min. 2 years of experience in contemporary residential design or at least high-end single-family residential projects preferred. Those lacking in residential-specific experience will need to convince me of their ability to adapt and shine in other ways.
Experience with townhomes, boutique multi-family, or small-scale commercial projects wouldn't hurt.
At least some experience with putting together construction documents is required
Proficiency with AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketchup, and Microsoft Office apps is absolutely required.
Those with proficient 3D modeling and rendering abilities - moving projects from Sketchup to higher-level 3D modelling/rendering platforms will be weighted more heavily in consideration.
The ideal candidate will have very strong graphics skills and comfortable with both 2D and 3D presentation graphics and experience across multiple graphics softwares.
This position will require you to help manage our social media efforts so desire to be engaged, marketing flair, and experience with that kind of thing will be appreciated.
We are a dog-friendly office so you must be ok with dogs.
As we are a small start-up, we are unable to provide benefits at this time but as you help our firm grow, these will likely added in in the not-to-distant future.
Submission Instructions: Those interested in applying for this position will need to submit the following:
In a single PDF attachment, include a one-page cover letter(including something about your long-term goals in architecture, which projects from our website you like best and why, and two or three residential projects by other architects that you like and why), your resume, and no more than fifteen pages illustrating some of your best work. I'd like to see not just a design portfolio including sample presentation graphics, rendering samples, etc. but ideally also some samples of construction drawings drafted by you.
Heavier consideration will be given to applicants willing/able to submit a separate PDF showing a residential project of their own design including floor plans and rendering(s). This will give me a good idea of the applicant's passion for residential design as well as how that passion may translate into the skills prized for this position.
PDF resolution should be optimized for quality screen view. Please do not exceed 10MB combined for both PDFs.
Format the subject line as ‘JOB APPLICANT + [your name]' and leave the body of the email empty
This position is intended to be on-going and, as such, temporary workers, seasonal workers/interns, exchange students. etc. will not be considered. Any international applicants are responsible for obtaining the required documents and permissions for working within the U.S. Given that I am a one-person firm with limited time, I apologize in advance that I will be unable to respond to each and every applicant. No phone calls or walk-ins will be accepted. Submissions should be made to email@example.com
About West Architecture Studio
West Architecture Studio is a small, design-oriented firm specializing in the design of contemporary residential projects.