Architect, Bilingual Mandarin-English

OBRA Architects OBRA Architects Employer:
Beijing, CNLocation:
Thu, May 15 '14Posted on:

OBRA Architects was founded by Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee in 2000 in New York City. The projects undertaken by OBRA Architects span a wide range of programs and sizes yet consistently seek to evoke invention and interest through explorations of material, structure, site and experience. The practice and work seek to challenge and expand the range of metaphors in which architecture finds its meaning. OBRA considers each and every project to be intimately bound to its surroundings, extending afield into site and landscape the conceptual understanding of the architectural work. As a result many proposals and built works include outdoor components and integration into the natural or urban landscape.

The work of OBRA has been exhibited widely, and has been featured at the National Art Museum of China, the Museum of Modern Art, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Rhode Island School of Design, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the Center for Architecture, New York, among others. OBRA Architects was named one of 2005 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York and was the winner of the 2006 PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program competition. OBRA has lectured across the globe, at the Museum of Modern Art, the Universidad de Chile, Instituto di Tella, Argentina, at universities throughout the United States, as well as at Tsinghua University and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Some examples of work can be viewed at

OBRA Architects is seeking a Mandarin and English speaking professional committed to architectural quality able to take on key responsibilities within a growing practice and an intense office environment. This position is for BEIJING. The candidate should be able to move fluently between design and construction phases and handle multiple projects of various size and complexity. Strong detailing abilities an absolute requirement, please include specific descriptions of detailing & construction experience in your submitted materials. Understanding of international construction standards and experience with construction & project management a plus. Salary commensurate with experience.

Candidate MUST have the following requirements:

  • 5yr Bachelors or Masters Degree in Architecture, or equivalent
  • Experience in project management a plus
  • Excellent AutoCAD and Adobe Suite skills
  • Understanding of client communications, contract documentation, project scheduling, team leadership, building design, technical detailing, consultant coordination, construction administration
  • Fluency in written and spoken English & Mandarin (any additional language is a plus)
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined in an intense collaborative studio environment, ability to organize, encourage and lead project teams
  • Licensed Architect / LEED accreditation a plus

In your email, please include a brief but frank assessment of your capabilities at a scale of 1 to 10 with explanation if possible in the following areas:

  • Physical Model Making
  • Digital Modeling
  • Rendering
  • Adobe Suite
  • Autocad
  • Experience with Actual Built Work or Construction Process
  • Chinese to English Translation
  • English to Chinese Translation

Please email a letter of interest and resume, along with work samples  to:
work (at)

Please make sure to write in the subject heading: OBRA BEIJING

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