Project Designer (2-5 yrs)

Siegel & Strain Architects
  • Full-Time
  • San Francisco/ Bay Area
  • Salary range is $65-85k, depending on skills, years of experience and work schedule.

Website Siegel & Strain Architects

We are seeking an architectural designer to contribute to design and production on project teams of 3-6 architects. Our culture emphasizes teamwork and acknowledges the role each person plays in making our practice a national voice in architecture and sustainability and a great place to work. The ideal candidate is a good communicator, curious, self-motivated, detail-oriented, reliable, and skilled at collaborating with others.

About Siegel & Strain Architects (S&S)

Siegel & Strain Architects advances sustainable design through holistic and integrated design thinking, research, collaboration, and the use of forward-looking materials and systems. A mission-driven practice, we are committed to using architecture as a means of improving communities and addressing climate change. Our portfolio includes civic and education projects; local, regional, and national parks; camps and retreat centers; affordable housing; and reuse of existing buildings. We are a woman-owned architectural firm with a staff of 25, located in Emeryville, California. More information about Siegel & Strain can be found at

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • A degree in architecture from an accredited architecture program
  • 2-5 years of experience in architecture offices
  • Strong graphic design skills and ability to research, problem solve, and iterate design solutions
  • Working experience with Revit and Adobe Suite
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience preparing presentation drawings, renderings, and construction documents, particularly for Type V construction.

Valued Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience working with California building codes
  • Experience on community-serving projects for non-profit and public clients
  • Sustainable design experience or proficiency in energy, daylighting or similar modeling/analysis
  • Progress toward licensure and accreditations such as LEED
  • Strong writing skills

Work Style, Hours, Compensation and Benefits:

We strive to create a healthy work/life balance, a collaborative work environment and a diverse and vibrant work force. We understand the varied work/life challenges of our staff and remain flexible to address individual circumstances.

  • We are looking for a fulltime employee who is available 40 hours per week.
  • Office hours are 9am to 6pm (assuming one-hour lunch break).
  • Our mandatory in-office workdays are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • All staff have the option of working remotely on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Salary range is $65-85k, depending on skills, years of experience and work schedule.
  • Benefits include healthcare, life insurance, 401k retirement plan, professional development allowance, licensure bonus, family leave supplement, and commuter benefits.
  • We offer 15 days of personal time off and nine holidays annually.
  • Fulltime  employees can opt for an  alternative work week option that allows an 8.5-hour workday in exchange for an additional 15 days off each year.

How to Apply

Interested applicants, please send the following to with “Project Designer” in the email subject line:

  • One-page resume (PDF format)
  • Portfolio (PFD format)
  • In the body of your email (and in lieu of a cover letter), please answer the following questions in two to three paragraphs:

    – Based on this job posting, how do you see yourself adding value to our practice?
    – Given your professional and personal goals, why are you interested in working for us?
    – What Siegel & Strain project listed on our website do you find most exciting and why?

We will review applicant materials and contact qualified candidates to schedule a conversation. Our goal is to complete the hiring process by mid-June and have the new Project Designer start by late June. We are unable to respond to phone inquiries.

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