Do you have a passion for project delivery and commercial design? Your 7+ years of architecture experience also means you’ve honed your skill for motivating a project team to the finish line.
About us: William Duff Architects is a dynamic, growing architecture firm, comprised of bright, creative, motivated people. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation in commercial, retail, restaurant, and commercial projects. We offer competitive salaries, full benefits, a transit-friendly workplace, and opportunities for professional growth.
Position: Project Manager - Commercial
Practice Areas: Commercial
Reports to: Practice Manager and Principal
Manages: Project Architect, Job Captain, Designer
WDA Benefits Package:
Health, dental, vision & life insurance
401K retirement plan
Paid vacations and sick time
Professional development support
Quarterly office outings
Weekly happy hours
In-house bicycle parking
Retail discount program
Work closely with Practice Manager to manage multiple active small to mid-sized projects, set-up project and establish project goals, prepare work plan, and assess staffing needs.
Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and research relevant information with team.
Manage and prepare sketches and concepts with team, and develop project design with Practice Manager and Principal.
Ensure that project conforms to contractual agreement with client.
Provide technical expertise for effective detailing and constructability.
Manage project schedule and budget to ensure profitability and completion on time.
Conduct code and product research with team, and manage the permitting and agency approvals process.
Manage the bidding and negotiation process, and assist the client in evaluation of submitted bids.
Implement quality assurance/quality control processes to reduce risks and exposure in all phases of the project.
Direct and manage Construction Observation activities, including scheduling, review of shop drawings, field observations, review of change orders, and review of contractor pay requests.
Review project invoices and expenses.
Participate in business development and marketing activities.
Delegate project work, mentor and motivate team members.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor or Master Degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university or equivalent in education or experience.
Minimum 7 or more years of experience working in an architecture office with three years in the designing and managing of high-end commercial projects.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Licensure required, preferably in California. LEED AP certification encouraged.
Other Job Requirements:
Commitment to design excellence, sustainability and strong interest in working in all phases of architectural projects.
Knowledge of commercial design, construction means and methods, architectural detailing, and building and planning codes.
Proven ability to effectively manage, motivate and lead a project team.
Ability to navigate stressful, dynamic or ambiguous situations, schedules and project demands.
Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
Strong design ability as representative in sketches, renderings or other means.
Proficiency with BIM software (Revit strongly preferred).
Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and Bluebeam.
Strong writing, editing, organizational and verbal communication skills.
Knowledge of green building technologies, products and net-zero design strategies.
Please submit the following in PDF form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (not to exceed 4MB), and include the job title in the subject line:
A cover letter articulating why you could be a good fit at WDA, and a bit about your personal design inspirations and aspirations
Relevant work samples
How you heard about WDA
No drop-in visits or phone calls, please. WDA is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE). Candidates must be eligible to work full time in the United States. Immigration or work visa sponsorship will not be provided.