Project Designer

Populous Populous Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Wed, Nov 13 '19Posted on:


Populous is a very unique practice with a focus on design experiences.

We design the places where people love to be together. This is our singular purpose.

We use the power of design to transform neighborhoods, revitalize cities, build relationships and connect people to being part of something bigger.

Populous is where architects and designers of all kinds create moments bigger than ourselves. We’re a global specialized design firm with local roots in 9 cities across Americas.

Populous offers the best of both worlds: the resources and impact of the design giants and the tightly-knit atmosphere and growth opportunities of smaller firms.

WHY we design

To amplify the joy in shared moments.

HOW we do it

+ Architecture + Interior Design + Event Design + Landscape Design + Master Planning + Urban Design + Graphic Design + Product Design

WHAT we look for

+ Entrepreneurial spirit + Down to-earth nature + Trendsetting ideas + Unyielding passion + Adaptability + Curiosity + Vision + Energy + Culture enabling

Do you have the following traits?

Optimistic, proactive, confident

Goal Oriented: Driven, persistent, tenacious

Observant & Analytical Problem Solver

Self-sufficient who thrives in a project-oriented environment

Disciplined and precise

Positive attitude combined with energy

Learns quickly, adapts to new responsibilities

Strong written and verbal communication and collaboration skills

Strong design skills and a passion for creativity

A high degree of self-motivation, flexibility, and resourcefulness

Adept at managing multiple, changing, quick-paced, time-sensitive projects

Demonstrates the ability to solve problems creatively and support creativity in others.

Takes initiative and demonstrates ability to accomplish work proactively.

Works well with others and is reliable to the project team.

Enjoys mentoring others as they learn and grow their careers.

The preferred candidate will have an interest in working in a dynamic and collaborative global design environment with a diverse range of public assembly building types; including the design of sports venues, convention centers, community buildings and transportation facilities.


  • Design, achieve and build professional relationships every day.
  • Collaborate with fellow colleagues and promote a positive team spirit.
  • Research code requirements and ensure feasibility of design.
  • Responsible for following and possibly managing project budget, work plans, consultants and schedule. Communicates with Project Manager regarding key deliverable dates and conformance to workplan.
  • Creates designs to meet client specifications, create and propose budget and time estimations.
  • Maintains a collaborative professional working relationship with the Project Leadership Team (i.e. Project Designer, Project Manager, and Principal in Charge) and greater architectural team.
  • Acts as an intermediary between the client and the architect team.
  • development of design ideas, diagrams, digital models, presentation materials and production work for numerous project types;
  • Coordination of technical drawings with consultants;
  • Development of solutions to technical problems;
  • Fosters on-going communication through team meetings, minutes, and up-date memos to project team including consultants.
  • Ensures project documentation and contracts follow the standards set forth by Populous policy.
  • Construction administration including processing of submittals, RFI’s, and other project documentation during construction.
  • Coordinating team effort to complete a project promptly and successfully.
  • Provides office leadership including professional development, coaching and mentoring staff.
  • Ensure the team is working effectively and keeping to schedule and budget.
  • Quality assurance including review of work, communicating needs and concerns to project staff.
  • Defines staff requirements for projects as needed or directed.
  • All other duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Proficiency and working knowledge of the following design software and applications:  Rhino, Sketchup, Revit, Newforma and AutoCAD.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Strong relationship-building and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong knowledge of design, trends, construction methodology, material application, and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.
  • Knowledge of architectural building systems.
  • Thorough understanding of project work plans, schedules, staffing, and budgets a must.
  • Advanced knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines
  • Ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in team environment.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines.
  • Highly self-motivated personality.


  • Bachelor’s degree (required) in Architecture from an NAAB accredited program, Masters Degree in Architecture (preferred).
  • 8-15 years of experience in architectural practice with prior experience in all phases of architectural projects.
  • Registered Architect with a current license. NCARB registration preferred.
  • Project design experience with sport stadium, arenas, convention centers, hospitality, and aviation a strong plus.


  • Travel will be required.
  • Overtime will be required.

Populous offers a competitive salary, bonus and benefit packages, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k, flexible spending accounts, paid time off and continuing education benefits.  Populous is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.

4 time-Fast Company Most Innovative Company

#21 - Architect Magazine’s Architect 50 List

250 International, national and local design awards

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