Associate Designer

IS Architecture IS Architecture Employer:
La Jolla, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Oct 6 '20Posted on:


IS Architecture is an award-winning firm in La Jolla that specializes in Custom Residential Architecture and Historic Preservation. We are a small office of seven seeking a highly motivated Associate Designer to join our team. Our studio values mentorship, personal and professional growth, work-life balance, and gives every designer the opportunity to work on projects from beginning to end. We encourage the path to licensure and support designers in fulfilling AXP and California architectural license requirements.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to…

  • Collaboration with the Project Managers and Principal Architect from schematic design through construction documents for single family residences and historic buildings
  • Support the Project Managers with designs, drafting, detailing, documentation, 3D modeling and rendering in Revit
  • Processing permits with building departments and municipalities, including addressing plan check comments and corrections
  • As-built measurements and documentation of existing homes and historic buildings
  • Communication with clients, consultants, vendors, contractors, building officials
  • Coordination of consultant and vendor drawings and plans
  • Possibility of required travel for architectural support

A qualified candidate will…

  • Have a professional degree in Architecture, Bachelor’s or higher, from an accredited architecture program
  • Have 2 to 5 years of experience
  • Be proficient in Autodesk AEC Collection, Revit and AutoCAD
  • Have experience using Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Bluebeam Revu
  • Have excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Be focused on technical accuracy
  • Be organized and time-efficient while working on multiple tasks on multiple projects
  • Be self-motivated and self-directed
  • Be able to work independently and collaborate with a team of people
  • Be resourceful and willing to bring and share new ideas
  • Have a positive and optimistic attitude
  • Be able to provide their own reliable transportation, driver’s license, and automobile insurance

Preference will be given to applicants with…

  • Additional studies/certification in Historic Preservation
  • A passion for historic preservation architecture
  • Knowledge of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards
  • Work experience on historic buildings
  • Custom single-family residential experience
  • Advanced Revit 3D modeling and rendering abilities
  • Able to prepare a full set of Construction Documents, including construction detailing
  • Experience in all phases of design
  • Knowledge of state building code and local planning processes,

About Us and Our Culture

IS Architecture is a collaborative studio celebrating over 30 years of award-winning residential and historic preservation architectural service to the community. Founded by Ione Stiegler, FAIA the studio is known for creating bespoke residences that are beautiful, enduring, comfortable, and tailored specifically to the homeowner. The Historic Preservation practice specializes in applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and has completed projects implementing all four approved treatments; Restoration, Preservation, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. The firm combines the expertise of Historic Preservation Architects and Cultural Resource Environmental Planners. The studio has been honored with over 80 awards, including best in the nation, which they attribute to the studio’s ethos of quality and conscientious responses to each new project.

Our La Jolla office offers a unique doggie friendly work environment. Our culture encourages a supportive, teamwork environment to arrive at design excellence through open and shared creative processes. We are proud and motivated by the quality of our work. We are self driven and yet here to support each other. We are committed to creating long-term career opportunities in a stimulating environment that encourages teamwork, leadership, and mentorship.

Benefits include…

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays
  • Group Medical/Dental insurance stipend
  • Simple IRA retirement plan
  • Due to COVID-19, a typical work schedule would be two to three days in the office and two to three days working remotely, whichever work combination totals five days a week. (laptop provided)
  • Reimbursement for 50% of Architectural Registration Exams, paid AIA annual dues and license fees.
  • Work-life balance, regular feedback, and open communication, open-minded group of creatives, family vibe without the politics or drama.
  • Free all-day street parking
  • Dogs in office (provided they meet requirements in the Dog Policy)
  • Educational and professional enrichment sessions/workshops/conferences are encouraged and are paid. All employees are encouraged to participate in professional organization affairs and in public service activities.

Please apply only if you have a serious interest in the position.  We are looking for someone who is interested in developing a long-term commitment.  Out of region candidates may apply, though compensation for relocation will not be considered. We have a small office dog, so candidates must be ok working around dogs.

Qualified applicants must submit the following to be considered for this position:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Minimum of three professional references
  • Focused portfolio of three projects

DO NOT send general broadcast letters and portfolios. 

  • At this time, IS Architecture will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.
  • IS Architecture is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • All recipients of an offer of employment from IS Architecture, will be required to submit to a background screening.

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