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 – RETAIL (SIGNING BONUS!)
Signing bonus - $7,000!  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. 

 

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 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 work plan, and assess staffing needs with regularized updates.
  • Manage and engage in design of a project with the project team. Prepare sketches and concepts with team and develop project design with Practice Leader and Founding Principal.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and research relevant information with team.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • We are currently working remote but plan to return to the office in the summer.
PROJECT MANAGER – RETAIL & COMMERCIAL (SIGNING BONUS!)
Signing bonus - $7,000! Do you have a passion for Commercial, Retail and Restaurant design? We're looking for a Project Manager with 7 years of experience to join our firm.

 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 7 or more years of experience working in an architecture office designing and managing retail tenant improvement, restaurants projects and commercial projects.
  • Knowledge of retail and restaurant design, construction means and methods, architectural detailing, and building and planning codes.
  • 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 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 small to mid-sized retail stores, transportation hub lounges, restaurant tenant improvement projects, mid-sized commercial core and shell, rehab and workplace tenant improvement projects.
  • Manage project setup, establish project goals, prepare work plan, and assess staffing needs with regularized updates.
  • Manage and engage in design of a project with the project team. Prepare sketches and concepts with team and develop project design with Practice Leader and Founding Principal.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and research relevant information with team.
  • 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.
  • 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:

We are currently working remote but plan to return to the office in the summer.

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.

 

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 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.
  • Manages and conducts in-person meetings or work and site visits based on project needs.

Location:

  • We are currently working remote but plan to return to the office once it is safe to do.
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.

 

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:

  • 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.
  • Coordinate and participate in in-person meetings or work and conduct site visits based on project needs.
  • 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.

Location:

  • We are currently working remote but plan to return to the office once it is safe to do.
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.

 

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:

  • 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.
  • Coordinate and participate in in-person meetings or work and conduct site visits based on project needs.
  • 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.

Location:

  • We are currently working remote but plan to return to the office once it is safe to do.
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.

 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Participate in in-person meetings or work and attend site visits based on project needs.

Location:

  • We are currently working remote but plan to return to the office once it is safe to do.