Join us! William Duff Architects is a dynamic, growing architecture firm, comprised of bright, creative, motivated people in practice roles for residential, retail and commercial projects. We offer competitive salaries, full benefits, a design-oriented, transit-friendly workplace, and opportunities for professional growth.

Designer
William Duff Architects is seeking a talented and dedicated Designer with 1+ year of paid working experience in an architecture office.

William Duff Architects, Inc. creates innovative architecture that is responsible, sustainable and passionately delivered through great project management. Since 1998, we have specialized in retail, residential, and commercial projects throughout California and the western U.S. We manage the building process from schematic design to the completion of construction. Long-term professional relationships with our clients, consultants and contractors make it possible for us to achieve high quality design on schedule and on budget. Diverse interests and experiences enrich the collaboration in our studio. Individual designers draw on backgrounds in architecture, fine art, graphic design, sustainable design, and construction management to provide our clients with a full range of design services.

  • Position: Designer
  • Practice Areas: Residential, Retail & Commercial
  • Reports to: Job Captain, Project Manager
Summary of Position:

The designer is responsible for assisting the project team in the design and development of multiple projects, producing design presentation material, and assisting in the production and documentation of construction documents by providing drafting, modeling and project support. The Designer performs specific/limited portions of assignments using prescribed WDA office standards and methods under the direction of a Job Captain or Project Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Project production and drafting work. Produces drawings and other deliverables including but not limited to, following redline intent, develops drawings in accordance with WDA’s Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) standards, presents graphics clearly and researches design information.
  • Prepares presentation graphics.
  • Model making (physical or digital). Creates accurate models and correctly represents design drawings into model form.
  • Review project work regularly with Job Captain or Project Manager.
  • Communicates discrepancies, issues, and questions to Job Captain or Project Manager in a timely manner.
  • Assists in maintaining well-organized project digital and physical files in accordance with office filing standards.
  • Consults with Job Captain or Project Manager to evaluate individual project needs.
  • Assists Job Captain or Project Manager in coordination with consultants.
  • Prepares illustrations or rough sketches of material under direction of Job Captain or Project Manager.
  • Performs Code and product research under direction of Job Captain or Project Manager.
  • Obtains cost estimates from outside vendors as needed.
  • Presents samples to Job Captain or Project Manager for selection and approval.
  • Makes prints of work for review by supervisor or client.
  • Takes notes and prepares meeting minutes.
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Architecture from a four-year college, university or equivalent; or five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum 1 year of paid working experience in an architecture office.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Active Intern Development Program (IDP) participation on path to licensure required. LEED AP certification encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to understand project goals and meet performance expectations.
  • Ability to work efficiently; consistent with project scope, budget, schedule and project goals.
  • Strong design ability as representative in sketches, renderings or other means.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow through on tasks.
  • Highly proficient in Revit, with experience in producing visualizations preferred.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office (Work, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) and Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop).
  • Strong writing, editing, organizational and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in the architectural/engineering industry.

We offer competitive salaries and full benefits (health, dental, life insurance, paid vacation, 401k, profit sharing, etc.) in a relaxed but focused and professional environment. WDA pays close attention to individual strengths and is committed to continually fostering growth opportunities for our staff. AA/EOE

If interested, please email resume to: [email protected] No phone calls please.

Job Captain
WDA is seeking a talented and dedicated JOB CAPTAIN with 3-5 years of experience, excellent design and communication skills and considerable Revit expertise to work on a variety of project types in our office.

Want to join a great team at a dynamic, growing office? A new position is now available at William Duff Architects, Inc.

William Duff Architects, Inc. creates innovative architecture that is responsible, sustainable and passionately delivered through great project management. Since 1998, we have specialized in retail, residential, and commercial projects throughout California and the western U.S. We manage the building process from schematic design to the completion of construction. Long-term professional relationships with our clients, consultants and contractors make it possible for us to achieve high quality design on schedule and on budget. Diverse interests and experiences enrich the collaboration in our studio. Individual designers draw on backgrounds in architecture, fine art, graphic design, sustainable design, and construction management to provide our clients with a full range of design services.

  • Job Title: Job Captain
  • Practice: Residential, Retail & Commercial
  • Reports to: Project Manager, Practice Manager
  • Manages: Designer
Summary of Position:

The Job Captain is responsible for the production and coordination of project files, drawing sets, design visualizations and other graphic materials as directed by a Project Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manages document production. Produces drawings, directs Designers and manages the production of deliverables including but not limited to, following redline intent, develops drawings in accordance with WDA’s Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) standards, presents graphics clearly and researches design information.
  • Drawings provided to Project Manager are free of errors and properly coordinated for redlining.
  • Accurately accesses staffing levels required for production work load.
  • Coordinates work with internal team members and consultants.
  • Coordination of multiple active projects in various stages of development.
  • Has close rapport with Project Manager and communicates discrepancies, issues, and questions with team members in a timely manner.
  • Review project work regularly with Project Manager or Practice Manager.
  • Consults with Project Manager to evaluate individual project needs and communicates project needs to Designer.
  • Maintains well-organized project digital and physical files in accordance with office filing standards.
  • Model making (physical or digital). Creates accurate models and correctly represents design drawings into model form.
  • Prepares illustrations or rough sketches of material according to instructions of Project Manager or Practice Manager.
  • Performs and manages Code and product research under direction of Project Manager or Practice Manager.
  • Attends site visits and performs Construction Observation activities (RFI responses, submittal review, field reports, etc) under direction of Project Manager.
  • Obtains cost estimates from outside vendors as needed.
  • Presents samples to Project Manager or Practice Manager for selection and approval.
  • Takes notes and prepares meeting minutes.
  • Manages and mentors junior staff.
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Architecture from a four-year college, university or equivalent. Minimum 3-5 years of paid working experience in an architecture office.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Active Intern Development Program (IDP) participation on path to licensure required. Licensure encouraged. LEED AP certification encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to understand project goals and meet performance expectations.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow through on tasks.
  • Ability to work efficiently; consistent with project scope, budget, schedule and project goals.
  • Ability to plan ahead and anticipate and avoid potential problems, control outcomes and devise creative solutions to achieve project goals.
  • Strong design ability as representative in sketches, renderings or other means.
  • Highly proficient in Revit, with experience in producing visualizations preferred.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office (Work, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) and Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop).
  • Strong writing, editing, organizational and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of construction means and methods and architectural detailing.
  • Knowledge of green building technologies, products and net-zero design strategies.

We offer competitive salaries and full benefits (health, dental, life insurance, paid vacation, 401k, profit sharing, etc.) in a relaxed but focused and professional environment. WDA pays close attention to individual strengths and is committed to continually fostering growth opportunities for our staff. AA/EOE

If interested, please email resume to: [email protected] No phone calls please.

Project Manager – Residential
WDA is seeking a talented and dedicated PROJECT MANAGER with 7+ years of experience, excellent design and communication skills and considerable Revit expertise to manage residential projects in our office. (Click on job title above for a full description.)

Want to join a great team at a fun, dynamic, growing office? A new position is now available at William Duff Architects, Inc.

We are an award-winning San Francisco architecture firm specializing in residential, retail and commercial projects. Our work is known for its elegant simplicity both in plan and detail, and for its sophisticated use of light, materials and space to create modern architecture filled with warmth that lives well. We are also known for our industry-leading sustainable design practice.

  • Job Title: Project Manager – Residential
  • Practice: Residential
  • Reports to: Practice Manager
  • Manages: Job Captain, Designer
Summary of Position:

The Project Manager is responsible for running multiple small to mid-sized projects with minimal supervision. Responsible for planning, interpreting, organizing, scheduling, and managing projects through all phases of development. Establishes and monitors budgets, manages project team, and prepares schedules to ensure efficient use of resources. Under direction of Practice Manager and Principal manages all phases of projects. Is responsible for establishing new and maintaining existing client relationships and directing/monitoring all project activities. The project manager must demonstrate experience in all phases of architectural services, including substantial experience in project management. The project manager must demonstrate professionalism. The project manager will mentor and pass knowledge to others and support a continuous learning environment. Team building and motivation are also key responsibilities.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Management of multiple active projects in various stages of development.
  • Works with Practice Manager to set-up project and establish project goals.
  • Prepares work plan for each project.
  • Develops project design with Practice Manager and Principal.
  • Ensures that project conforms to contractual agreement with client.
  • Coordinates work with internal team members and consultants.
  • Manages document production. Produces drawings as needed, directs Job Captains and Designers in production of drawings and manages the production of deliverables including but not limited to, reviewing and redlining of drawings, development of drawings in accordance with WDA’s Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) standards, and presents graphics clearly and researches design information.
  • Effectively manages project budget to ensure profitability.
  • Effectively manages project schedule to ensure completion within allocated period of time.
  • Effectively manages the permitting and agency approvals process to ensure a successful project.
  • Maintains well-organized project digital and physical files in accordance with office filing standards.
  • Maintains ongoing, positive, and productive client relationships.
  • Ensures that project needs are satisfied by effectively managing project staff and resources.
  • Effectively and proactively coaches, mentors, and provides performance-enhancing feedback to junior team members.
  • Implements processes to reduce risks and exposure in all phases of the project.
  • Directs activities related to construction observation, including scheduling, review of shop drawings, field observations, review of change orders, and pay requests.
  • Ensures that construction observation activities emphasize efficiency, quality assurance, and code compliance.
  • Review project progress, budget, schedule and staffing regularly with Practice Manager.
  • Reviews invoices and expenses.
  • Has close rapport with Practice Manager and communicates discrepancies, issues, questions and concerns in a timely manner.
  • Prepares design sketches/concepts under direction of Practice Manager for review by team or client.
  • Involvement in business development and marketing of the firm at relevant firm marketing events.
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (B.S or B.A.) in Architecture. Seven or more years of experience working in an architecture office with three years in the designing and managing of high-end residential projects.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Architecture license in California preferred. LEED AP certification encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:
  • Experience with residential design, detailing and construction.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage, motivate and lead a project team.
  • Ability to understand project goals and meet performance expectations.
  • Ability to navigate stressful, dynamic or ambiguous situations, schedules and project demands.
  • Ability to plan ahead and anticipate and avoid potential problems, control outcomes and devise creative solutions to achieve project goals.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow through on tasks.
  • Ability to work efficiently; consistent with project scope, budget, schedule and project goals.
  • Strong design ability as representative in sketches, renderings or other means.
  • Proficiency and minimum 2 years working in Revit.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office (Work, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Project and Outlook) and Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop).
  • Strong writing, editing, organizational and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of construction means and methods and architectural detailing.
  • Knowledge of green building technologies, products and net-zero design strategies.

We offer competitive salaries and full benefits (health, dental, vision, life insurance, paid vacation, 401K, profit sharing, etc.) in a relaxed but focused and professional work environment. AA/EO

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to [email protected] No phone calls please.