Project Manager / Architectural Designer

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Mon, Oct 5 '20Posted on:

 Seeking: Project Manager - Rio Grande Valley, TX

The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP ([bc]) is a nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. [bc] has offices in Dallas, Brownsville, and Houston, TX. We are currently seeking a Project Manager to work in our Brownsville, TX office supporting projects locally. 

Position Role: Project Manager / Architectural Designer

Position Title: To be determined based on candidate experience

Start Date: November 2020

Main Purpose and Function

We are looking for an individual with a strong desire to live and work in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley. The work we do is impactful. It is challenging and rewarding. You will work with people in places where design services are typically not accessible and work with people who normally do not have access to design. You will be responsible for all aspects of project delivery from pre-design to completion of architecture and creative placemaking projects. This will include project and consultant management, pre-design engagement activities, historical research, schematic design in a number of mediums (sketch, model, digital), design development documentation, construction documentation and administration under the supervision of a licensed architect. 

This position requires the ability to proactively work with staff to manage large projects with multiple consultants and user groups. You will be working in areas where resources are scarce and therefore you must be resourceful. What that means is that you may work on managing project schedules, design buildings, a public space, go to a community meeting, develop budgets, or pursue funding on the same day. The ability to manage your time effectively while remaining nimble and focused is essential. 

Projects will include the design of modular/prefabricated housing prototypes, multi-family affordable housing, design and programming of temporary installations. While the position is based in Brownsville, it will be supporting work in all of our offices, with some travel required.

We value team members who: 

  • Are strong team players. 
  • Thrive when given independence in project management situations. 
  • Enjoy applying themselves creatively to Architectural and Urban Design challenges. 
  • Enthusiastically support the implementation of architectural and urban design initiatives, and are willing to travel to project sites when required. 
  • Support our clients and partner organizations. 
  • Are deeply committed to their local community as well as supporting work in other geographies. 

buildingcommunityWORKSHOP’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At [bc], we work in and with communities that bear the legacies of racist practices, policies, and cultural norms. As leaders in public interest design, we believe that there is a better way forward, one where every human has the chance to live to their full potential.

Fundamental to our work is using design to strengthen neighborhoods through access to adequate housing, decent employment, a good education, and quality healthcare. We work to see the reversal of racist policies and practices like redlining and environmental racism so that all people, no matter their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or zip code have equal access to a good standard of living. 

We strive to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally in our offices and externally in the communities we work with. To us, diversity means seeking out different voices and leveraging/celebrating the power that comes from that difference. Equity means providing the support — through internal policies and through our work — needed for everyone to be successful. Inclusion means valuing and respecting all people. 

We continue to work to achieve this through our hiring practices, our office culture, and by working with residents to achieve their hopes and dreams for their neighborhoods. 


  • A commitment to people and place with a strong interest in public interest design. 
  • Intermediate or bilingual in Spanish. 
  • Highly organized and independent. 
  • Strong project management skills.
  • 5+ years’ experience, design, documentation, and construction admin. 
  • Degree in architecture (B Arch, M Arch) or equivalent work experience.
  • Progressing towards licensure or equivalent 
  • Experience in residential and light commercial typologies. 
  • Experience in prefabrication systems and project delivery.
  • Strong visual communication skills and graphic talent.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with direct civic engagement is a plus. Including but not limited to: organizing a design charrette or workshop, hosting a community forum.
  • Proficiency in Archicad, Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite. 
  • Eligible and authorized to work in the USA.


  • Healthcare coverage paying 100% of the Blue Cross Blue Shield HSA Plan for you as an individual
  • 100% Vision and Dental coverage for you as an individual
  • Reimbursement not to exceed $500 annually for professional development
  • 80 hours paid vacation
  • 48 hours paid PTO/Sick
  • Paid Holidays (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
  • Paid summer Break (1 week, organization-determined) 
  • Paid winter Break (1 week, organization-determined)
  • 1 paid floating Faith Holiday (Good Friday, Yom Kippur, Eid al-Fitr, etc)
  • Relocation allowance


Please email one file containing an interest letter, resume, and work samples (15 mb maximum file size) to: Kristy Ramirez (no phone calls please) at Please reference “Project Manager - Rio Grande Valley, TX” in the subject line of your email.

buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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