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.

We are award-winning, inclusive architecture firm, comprised of bright, creative, motivated people. Built as a people-based practice, we were recognized as the only architecture firm to make it on the San Francisco Business Times Best Places to Work List (2020). With capabilities in multiple sectors, we specialize in residential, workplace, hospitality and retail across the Bay Area and beyond. We offer competitive salaries, full benefits, a transit-friendly brand-new workplace, and opportunities for professional growth. For a slice of life with us, check out our culture video!

PROJECT MANAGER – COMMERCIAL (SIGNING BONUS!)
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.

 

SIGNING BONUS – $7,000!

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 7 or more years of experience working in an architecture office designing and managing commercial workplace tenant improvement, shell and core and rehab 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.
  • Proven ability to navigate dynamic or ambiguous situations, schedules, and project demands.
  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
  • Strong design ability as a 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.
  • Experience and/or interest in participating in business development and marketing activities.

Education:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university, or equivalent in education or experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Licensure preferred, preferably in California. LEED AP certification encouraged.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Practice Leaders to manage multiple active mid-sized commercial core and shell, rehab, and workplace tenant improvement projects.
  • Manage project setup, establish project goals, prepare a work plan, and assess staffing needs with regularized updates.
  • Manage and engage in the design of a project with the project team. Prepare sketches and concepts with the team and develop project design with Principal and Founding Principal.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and research relevant information with the team.
  • Ensure that the project conforms to a contractual agreement with the client.
  • Provide technical expertise for effective detailing and constructability.
  • Manage project schedule and budget to ensure profitability and completion of deliverables and projects on time.
  • Manage and conduct code and product research with the team, and manage the permitting and agency approvals process.
  • Manage the bidding and negotiation process, and assist the client in the 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.
  • Provide regularized growth opportunities and oversight for team members in various roles.
  • Manages and conducts in-person meetings or work and site visits based on project needs.
  • Participate in business development and marketing activities.

Location:

  • Hybrid Schedule. We are in the office as a team from Tuesdays through Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays are in office optional (local work from home available Mondays and Fridays).
PROJECT MANAGER – RETAIL (SIGNING BONUS!)
Do you have a passion for Retail and Restaurant design? We're looking for a Project Manager with 7 years of experience to join our firm. 

 

SIGNING BONUS – $7,000!

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 7 or more years of experience working in an architecture office designing and managing retail and restaurant projects.
  • Knowledge of retail and restaurant design, construction means and methods, architectural detailing, and building and planning codes.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage, motivate and lead a project team.
  • Proven ability to navigate dynamic or ambiguous situations, schedules, and project demands.
  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
  • Strong design ability as a 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.
  • Experience and/or interest in participating in business development and marketing activities.

Education:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university or equivalent in education or experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Licensure preferred, preferably in California. LEED AP certification encouraged.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Practice Leader to manage multiple active small to mid-sized retail stores, transportation hub lounges, and restaurant tenant improvement projects
  • Manage project setup, establish project goals, prepare a work plan, and assess staffing needs with regularized updates.
  • Manage and engage in the design of a project with the project team. Prepare sketches and concepts with the team and develop project design with Associate Principal and Founding Principal.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and research relevant information with the team.
  • Ensure that the project conforms to a contractual agreement with the client.
  • Provide technical expertise for effective detailing and constructability.
  • Manage project schedule and budget to ensure profitability and completion of deliverables and projects on time.
  • Manage and conduct code and product research with the team, and manage the permitting and agency approvals process.
  • Manage the bidding and negotiation process, and assist the client in the 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.
  • Maintain ongoing, positive, and productive client relationships.
  • Participate in business development and marketing activities.
  • Delegate project work, mentor, and motivate team members.
  • Provide regularized growth opportunities and oversight for team members in various roles.
  • Manages and conducts in-person meetings or work and site visits based on project needs.

Location:

  • Hybrid Schedule. We are in the office as a team from Tuesdays through Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays are in office optional (local work from home available Mondays and Fridays).
Project Manager – Residential (Signing Bonus!)
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.

 

SIGNING BONUS – $7,000!

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 7 or more years of experience working in an architecture office with three years in the designing and managing of high-end residential projects.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage, motivate and lead a project team.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of green building technologies, products, and net-zero design strategies.
  • Experience and/or interest in participating in business development and marketing activities.

Education:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university or equivalent in education or experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Licensure preferred, preferably in California. LEED AP certification encouraged.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Practice Manager to manage multiple active small to mid-sized projects, set up new projects 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 the team.
  • Manage and prepare sketches and concepts with the team, and develop project design with the Practice Manager and Principal.
  • Ensure that the project conforms to a contractual agreement with the 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 the team, and manage the permitting and agency approvals process.
  • Manage the bidding and negotiation process, and assist the client in the 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.
  • Manages and conducts in-person meetings or work and site visits based on project needs.

Location:

  • Hybrid Schedule. We are in the office as a team from Tuesdays through Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays are in office optional (local work from home available Mondays and Fridays).
Job Captain – Residential
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.

 

You know you’re the right person if you:

  • Want a supportive, fun, comfortable, and efficient office environment
  • Thrive in a friendly and creative team.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced collaborative environment
  • Have a learning mindset and embrace a good challenge – yes please!

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3-5+ years of relevant experience working in an architecture office.
  • 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.
  • Great conceptual and detailed hand sketching.
  • 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.

Education: 

  • 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.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

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

Major Responsibilities:

  • Exercise your creativity by hand and digitally. Do both! Prepare thoughtful and quality design illustrations or sketches and create digital models that accurately communicate projects’ design ideas, goals, and potential solutions.
  • Getting into the nitty-gritty and ensuring the design does not get lost! Manage and produce well-coordinated, accurate, and thorough project drawing sets by developing design and technical drawings and researching relevant information.
  • Move the whole team forward and foster a culture of teaching and learning: delegate project work, mentor junior team members and provide prompt preparation, communication, review, and constructive feedback.
  • It looks great and it works. Conduct building, planning code, and product research with accurate interpretations and thorough documentation.
  • 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.
  • The architectural process and the experience of it matter to us and our clients! Coordinate an accurate, timely, and efficient permitting and agency approvals process, and keep internal and external teams well informed.
  • Move the project and the project team forward. Coordinate, participate in, and contribute to in-person meetings and work to meet projects’ goals (design, budget, schedule, and team).
  • Help set a good foundation for the construction process. Coordinate internal team’s bidding and negotiation activities and obtain cost estimates to move the project forward accurately and efficiently.
  • Get down and dirty and get it built! Support the construction of projects with accurate, thorough, timely, and efficient Construction Observation activities, including site visits, RFI responses, submittal review, field reports, and others.
  • Where the rubber meets the road! Conduct well-structured site visits based on project needs with prompt internal and external communication of coordination needs, decisions, and actions.
  • Tackle the unknown and take advantage of the possibilities with gusto: foster a collaborative team approach through project process and professional connections.

Location:

  • Hybrid Schedule. We are in the office as a team from Tuesdays through Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays are in office optional (local work from home available Mondays and Fridays).
Job Captain – Commercial / Retail
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.

 

You know you’re the right person if you:

  • Want a supportive, fun, comfortable, and efficient office environment
  • Thrive in a friendly and creative team.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced collaborative environment
  • Have a learning mindset and embrace a good challenge – yes please!

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3-5+ years of relevant experience working in an architecture office.
  • 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.

Education: 

  • 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.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

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

Major Responsibilities:

  • Exercise your creativity by hand and digitally. Do both! Prepare thoughtful and quality design illustrations or sketches and create digital models that accurately communicate projects’ design ideas, goals, and potential solutions.
  • Getting into the nitty-gritty and ensuring the design does not get lost! Manage and produce well-coordinated, accurate, and thorough project drawing sets by developing design and technical drawings and researching relevant information.
  • Move the whole team forward and foster a culture of teaching and learning: delegate project work, mentor junior team members and provide prompt preparation, communication, review, and constructive feedback.
  • It looks great and it works. Conduct building, planning code, and product research with accurate interpretations and thorough documentation.
  • 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.
  • The architectural process and the experience of it matter to us and our clients! Coordinate an accurate, timely, and efficient permitting and agency approvals process, and keep internal and external teams well informed.
  • Move the project and the project team forward. Coordinate, participate in, and contribute to in-person meetings and work to meet projects’ goals (design, budget, schedule, and team).
  • Help set a good foundation for the construction process. Coordinate internal team’s bidding and negotiation activities and obtain cost estimates to move the project forward accurately and efficiently.
  • Get down and dirty and get it built! Support the construction of projects with accurate, thorough, timely, and efficient Construction Observation activities, including site visits, RFI responses, submittal review, field reports, and others.
  • Where the rubber meets the road! Conduct well-structured site visits based on project needs with prompt internal and external communication of coordination needs, decisions, and actions.
  • Tackle the unknown and take advantage of the possibilities with gusto: foster a collaborative team approach through project process and professional connections.

Location:

  • Hybrid Schedule. We are in the office as a team from Tuesdays through Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays are in office optional (local work from home available Mondays and Fridays).
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.

 

You know you’re the right person if you:

  • Want a supportive, fun, comfortable, and efficient office environment
  • Thrive in a friendly and creative team.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced collaborative environment
  • Have a learning mindset and embrace a good challenge – yes please!

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 1-3+ years of relevant experience working in an architecture office.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
  • 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.
  • Interest in 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.

Education: 

  • 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.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

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

Major Responsibilities:

  • Exercise your creativity by hand and digitally. Do both! Prepare thoughtful and quality design illustrations or sketches and create digital models that accurately communicate projects’ design ideas, goals, and potential solutions.
  • We may have a great design, but how would others know about it without quality communication and information? Produce well-coordinated, accurate, and thorough project drawing sets by developing design and technical drawings, and researching relevant information.
  • It looks great, but the building has to work! Conduct, communicate, and document thorough code and product research for the project team.
  • Stay organized! Assist in maintaining well-organized digital and physical project files.
  • Find the right stuff! Source material/project samples, obtain cost estimates, and develop strong vendor relationships.
  • Build the project team’s knowledge base. Take notes and prepare meeting minutes that accurately and efficiently summarize important findings, information, decisions, and action items.
  • Move the project forward. Participate in in-person meetings and work to meet project teams’ goals and creative problem-solving needs. Work with senior staff to evaluate individual project needs and coordinate with consultants.
  • Help the team get it built! Participate in site visits based on project needs and accurately document relevant issues, decisions, and action items for the project team.

Location:

  • Hybrid Schedule. We are in the office as a team from Tuesdays through Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays are in office optional (local work from home available Mondays and Fridays).