Designer (Architect/Staff Level I/II comp)

John Lum Architecture, Inc.
  • Full-Time
  • San Francisco
  • $70,000 to $80,000 (based on experience)

Website John Lum Architecture, Inc.

John Lum Architecture is an award winning, noted San Francisco firm that was established in 1994.  Consistently producing high-quality buildings, our design philosophy is client driven. By listening to their needs and thoughts, we create meaningful designs that are purposeful and pragmatic.  We create homes for our clients, not monuments, and therefore we prioritize livability and ease over style.

Our portfolio includes custom residential, multi-family, affordable housing, retail, and commercial interiors.  Our interiors practice has a focus on optometry clinics, medical suites, high-end VC interiors, and mortuaries!  We enjoy collaboration and are known for being easy to work with.

We are seeking like-minded individuals who share our values of pragmatism, optimism, and enthusiasm, while maintaining a high level of ethics and humanity.   We believe strongly in creating a supportive work environment with competitive salaries, exceptional vacation and health insurance, and generous benefits (year-end bonuses, profit-sharing and retirement)!

We thank you for considering our studio and invite you to join our dynamic team of 15.

Working at JLA:

Designers work under direct supervision of a project architect/manager performing architectural assignments following JLA’s standards.  Assignments may include but not limited to producing as-built drawings, inputting schematic design sketches, general production on all phases of a project and 3D presentation materials.

We would expect a Designer to have a solid background in Design and Production workflow with some experience in all project phases for design and construction documents.  Good organizational and clear communication skills are a must for this position along with a demonstrated design sensibility.  The ability and motivation to master new software programs is a requirement.  Advancement opportunities are available.

Our studio is located in a converted laundry machine factory in the heart of the Mission District with easy access to BART and MUNI.  We have adopted a hybrid work format for our employees with fully outfitted, company-supplied at-home workstations in addition to the JLA office location.

Our studio is equipped with a state-of-the-art coffee bar, rooftop garden, and maker studio w/ laser cutting machine?

Professional Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years of full-time work experience (post-internship)
  • Continues to build knowledge and skills gained as a Junior Designer (Entry Level Architectural Staff Equivalent)
  • Confident in client and consultant communications
  • Competent in production processes
  • Able to adapt to a set of office standards and design language
  • Basic comprehension of building systems and details
  • Rudimentary exposure to Project Management/Administration
  • Familiar or have some exposure to in-field construction process/protocols
  • Basic comprehension of permit process/documentation
  • Working knowledge of Vectorworks desired (comparable to Revit)
  • Familiarity with 3D visualization tools is a bonus.
    • (Rhino, Adobe Creative Cloud, Twin Motion)

Qualified candidates must possess US residency status and currently reside in San Francisco/Bay Area or willing to relocate.

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