Project/Operations Leader

Lowney Architecture Lowney Architecture Employer:
Oakland, CA, USLocation:
Thu, May 1 '14Posted on:

Are you a creative and enthusiastic architect who has successfully led teams in delivering great retail, restaurant, multi-family residential, and/or mixed-use projects?

Do you have a working knowledge of the technical side of architecture, as well as the experience to address legal and financial issues?

Are you ready to join an energetic team of professionals to grow a practice and take it to the top? And do you want excitement and fun while doing it?

Lowney Architecture is seeking a person with OOMPH! — commitment, enthusiasm, and expertise — to join the leadership team of our dynamic, fast-growing firm. This is not a role for a low-energy person — we may not be a giant firm, but we have big ambitions.

You'll be working with smart people every day, out in the studio, solving actual problems. And to keep you moving fast, we're considering not even giving you a chair. (OK — we're kidding!) But we are expecting that you'll hit the ground running.

The Project/Operations Leader position is an integral leadership and management role, responsible for the business and operations of our 18-person (and growing) practice. You'll have hands-on involvement with project process and delivery, technical design, and talent development. In addition to your firm-wide responsibilities, you will also be running specific projects as the senior project manager. We believe you can be 60% billable, and hope that will contribute $1.5M–$2M to annual firm revenues.


You will have significant experience in management of retail, restaurant, multi-family, and/or mixed-use projects of notable quality. You will also be a key practice leader in your current firm, with experience managing a studio or architectural office, as well as responsibility for building a growing, successful practice.

Additional requirements include:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Architecture
  • Architectural license in California and NCARB certification
  • At least 15 years of working experience including at least 5 years of experience in management of clients, teams, and the delivery process for retail, restaurant, multi-family, and/or mixed-use projects generating about $1.5M to $2M annually (net service revenues)
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluency in English, both oral and written
  • Strong experience with communication and management technology (MS Office, Google Apps), as well as leading-edge design technology (Revit, 3D visualization, etc.)

In order to be considered for employment, applicants must be currently eligible to work in the United States and should be able to travel within the USA and internationally.

Bonus Points

  • Prior experience managing an architectural studio or practice group with at least $4M in revenue
  • Strong experience with LEED design
  • Experience with Ajera, Deltek, or similar financial and project management systems

If you want to be part of a firm that kicks ass, we'd like to hear from you. Please submit the following materials via email:

• A dated cover letter, briefly summarizing your background and experience, as well as your objectives in applying for this exciting position. The cover letter or email should include your contact information, including email address.

• A clear, concise, current resume with education and professional experience, as well as academic, civic, and professional activities related to architecture, management, and leadership.

Any email attachments should be submitted as PDFs and will not be returned. Please include your name and the date on each document.

We will acknowledge receipt of applications and materials within ten days. We will contact those candidates with whom we would like to move forward, and will request additional information about your work experience, as well as professional references. Please do not submit your portfolio, references, or letters of recommendation unless requested.

If you should have any questions regarding these criteria or the process for review and selection, please contact us at



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