Lead Designer

Smallworks Smallworks Employer:
Vancouver, BC, CALocation:
Tue, Sep 12 '17Posted on:

Organization Description: Smallworks is a Georgie nominated and Ovation awarded small home design-build firm in Vancouver BC. We specialize in laneway home construction and small scale custom home design. We’re proud of customer focused, dynamic work environment, and the small-scale yet complex projects we’re famous for.

Job Description: The expectation for a successful candidate is to have the ability to carry the normal work load of a designer while providing support in improving building systems and design, and to be a knowledge resource for the design team. The lead designer works alongside two colleagues, each with their own set of clients. On average, the company takes on two new design and two build projects per month.

The role of our designer is to be the principal point of contact for an individual cohort of projects. Each designer is responsible to lead their clients through the process of personalizing Smallworks Homes. The designer is responsible for the production of permits, ID and construction drawing sets. The design team has the support of an In-house production management team to help create spec packages. Our designers are expected to maintain an advisory role throughout the construction process.

The Lead Designer is responsible for the team’s design integrity and performance targets, in addition to their design responsibilities.

Responsibilities: Structure

  • Meet weekly to review targets with other designers
  • Bi-monthly meetings for global design review
  • Monthly meetings for production reviews
  • Work with production manager to establish quarterly and monthly targets


  • Design professional for over 6 years
  • Architectural training
  • Professional accreditation
  • Strong knowledge of LWH and in fill bylaws
  • Proficient in Vectorworks
  • Strong leadership, communications and organizational skills
  • Good people skills
  • Client management
  • Management of staff

Contact Info: If you’re interested in a position with a small design build company, please contact:

Jake Fry Smallworks Office 604.264.8837 ex 155 or email

116 W 8th Ave, Unit 2 Vancouver, BC V5Y 1N2

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