Entry Level Architect

SmithGroupJJR SmithGroupJJR Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Jun 29 '17Posted on:

SmithGroupJJR is an international idea-oriented design firm that is committed to creating inspiring places that enrich the human spirit. We believe extraordinary environments are created when the design process is based on the principles of exploration, experimentation, innovation, sustainability, research, and collaboration. Our expertise in providing thoughtful and innovative solutions keeps SmithGroupJJR at the forefront of architectural, engineering and planning firms around the world. According to the 2016 Building Design + Construction magazine “Giants” ranking, SmithGroupJJR is the 6th largest architecture/engineering firm in the U.S.

The San Francisco office is looking for an Entry Level Architect to join our team. Our practices include Healthcare, Higher Education, Science + Technology and Workplace. We offer local, national and international projects of all sizes including opportunities to work with our other offices. We are seeking a talented individual who is committed to design excellence, who thrives in an environment of collaboration and who demonstrates a high degree of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Working with us, you will:

  • Assist more senior architects in the preparation of architectural drawings, renderings and design assignments.
  • Perform specific/limited portions of architectural assignments under direct supervision and/or perform certain assignments under general supervision.
  • Document changes to architectural drawings as instructed.
  • Consult with manufacturers, research and evaluate materials.
  • Advance designs developed by others as well as design portions of projects under direct supervision.
  • Prepare presentation drawings and assist with presentations both internally and externally.
  • Assist in construction administration including responding to RFI’s, prepare sketches and addenda (CCD’s), visit the construction site to gather information, prepare site observation reports and/or review  punch lists.
  • Contribute proactively to the project team.
  • Receive and follow directions for project assignments.
  • Manage own time based on directions given.
  • Create graphics and research information for inclusion in marketing proposals and materials.
  • Participate in local professional association events/educational sessions.

An ideal candidate has:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
  • 1 to 5 years’ work experience in the profession.
  • LEED accreditation (preferred).
  • Enrolled in or completed an intern development program such as the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP).
  • On-the-job experience using Revit to produce construction documents.
  • Proficiency using current design software (Revit, Sketch Up) as well as Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience using some or all of the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design). 
  • Ability to contribute to and participate in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate ideas well both graphically and verbally.

SmithGroupJJR offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package, including 401(k) and continuing educational reimbursement. We offer 3 weeks of paid time off within the first year of employment, with the option of purchasing additional time off, and pay for 8 federal holidays. We also offer an alternative work schedule that provides employees with an additional 15 days off per year (usually Fridays) to help with work/life balance.

Interested in joining us? Get started today by clicking the link below. Be sure to fill in the required information, and submit your cover letter, resume and samples of design work as attachments. Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.

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***We are not currently offering visa sponsorship***

Instructions for applying – please read carefully.

  • Go to and go to the Careers page / San Francisco.
  • On the Entry Level Architect posting, please click the Apply here link. Fill in the required information, and submit your cover letter, resume and portfolio as attachments. Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.

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