Join us! At William Duff Architects we deliver unparalleled client service. We seek equally committed, like-minded individuals. Working at WDA means that your investment in our clients’ success will be reciprocated by our investment in your professional growth. We look forward to hearing from you.

Project Architect
Are you ready to take the next step, and have 5-7 years of experience? If you have strong design skills, experience managing and mentoring junior staff, and are licensed, we’d love to meet you!

 

Position: Project Architect
Practice Areas: Residential, Retail & Commercial
Reports to: Project Manager, Practice Manager and Principal
Manages: Job Captain, Designer

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Project Manager or Practice Manager to coordinate multiple active projects with internal team members and consultants, source material samples and assess staffing needs.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and researching relevant information. Conduct code and product research.
  • Identifies, researches, coordinates and resolves design and technical detailing in consultation with senior staff and team.
  • Prepare design illustrations or rough sketches, and create digital models with team.
  • Manage permitting and agency approvals process.
  • Lead bidding and negotiation activities, and obtain cost estimates.
  • Lead Construction Observation activities, including site visits, RFI responses, submittal review, field reports, etc.
  • Delegate project work and mentor junior team members.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university or equivalent in education or experience.
  • Minimum 5 full years of relevant experience and demonstrated abilities working in an architecture office.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Licensure required, preferably in California.  LEED AP and additional certifications encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to design excellence, sustainability and strong interest in working in all phases of architectural projects.
  • Strong leadership and team building skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with experience managing and mentoring junior staff.
  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
  • Communicates with clients and manages expectations effectively.
  • Highly proficient in Revit, with experience in producing visualizations.
  • 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.
Designer
Are you thorough, detail-oriented with excellent follow through, and at least 1+ year experience in an architecture office? If you also have strong presentation, research and communication skills, you have what it takes to successfully support our project teams.

 

Position: Designer
Practice Areas: Residential, Retail & Commercial
Reports to: Job Captain, Project Architect and Project Manager

Major Responsibilities:

  • Perform document production by developing design and technical drawings, and researching relevant information. Conduct code and product research.
  • Prepare design illustrations or rough sketches and presentation graphics, and create digital models.
  • Assist in maintaining well-organized project digital and physical files.
  • Work with senior staff to evaluate individual project needs and coordinate with consultants.
  • Source material/project samples, obtain cost estimates from outside vendors and develop strong vendor relationships.
  • Take notes and prepare 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 full year of relevant experience and demonstrated abilities working in an architecture office preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Documenting experience under the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and actively pursuing licensure required.  LEED AP and additional certifications encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to design excellence, sustainability and strong interest in working in all phases of architectural projects.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
  • Highly proficient in Revit, with experience in producing visualizations preferred.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and Bluebeam.
  • Strong writing, editing, organizational and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in the architectural/engineering industry.
Job Captain
Are you a versatile design professional with 3-5 years of experience? Put your excellent design and communication skills and considerable Revit expertise to good use on a variety of project types at WDA.

 

Position: Job Captain
Practice Areas: Residential, Retail & Commercial
Reports to: Project Architect, Project Manager, Practice Manager and Principal
Manages: Designer

 Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Project Architect or Project Manager to coordinate multiple active projects with internal team members and consultants, source material samples and assess staffing needs.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and researching relevant information. Conduct code and product research.
  • Prepare design illustrations or rough sketches, and create digital models.
  • Manage permitting and agency approvals process.
  • Lead bidding and negotiation activities, and obtain cost estimates.
  • Participate in Construction Observation activities, including site visits, RFI responses, submittal review, field reports, etc.
  • Delegate project work and mentor junior team members.

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 3 full years of relevant experience and demonstrated abilities working in an architecture office.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Documenting experience under the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and actively pursuing licensure required.  Licensure, LEED AP and additional certifications encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to design excellence, sustainability and strong interest in working in all phases of architectural projects.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with experience managing and mentoring junior staff.
  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
  • Highly proficient in Revit, with experience in producing visualizations.
  • 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.
  • Receptive to coaching, with the ability to learn from constructive feedback and apply it to future work.
Project Manager – Residential
Do you have a passion for project delivery and residential design? Your 7+ years of architecture experience also means you’ve honed your skill for motivating a project team to the finish line.

 

Position: Project Manager – Residential
Practice Areas: Residential
Reports to: Practice Manager and Principal
Manages: Project Architect, Job Captain, Designer

Major Responsibilities:

  • 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 residential 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 residential 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.