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Architectural Designer or Job Captain, 0-6 years of experience

Fergus Garber Architects Fergus Garber Architects Employer:
Palo Alto, CA, USLocation:
Mon, Dec 14 '20Posted on:
Full-timeType:

JOB TITLE: Architectural Designer or Job Captain, 0-6 years of experience 

Fergus Garber Architects is a residential firm of 20 located in Palo Alto, California.  Our practice focuses on custom high end single family homes, with an appreciation for sustainability.  Please visit our website at https://fg-arch.com/

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the supervision of a project manager or principal, develops the design and documentation through all phases of project
  • Offers design solutions, and manages coordination tasks
  • Coordinates with project team, client, consultants, and contractors in a professional manner
  • Responds to RFIs, submittals, and shop drawings
  • Attends client meetings and construction site visits

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • 0-6 years of architectural experience after graduation. Preferred experience in custom single family residential
  • B Arch or M Arch degree from a NAAB accredited architecture program 
  • Very strong design and graphic skills with an ability to express ideas real-time through hand sketching  
  • Detail oriented
  • Fluent with BIM and other software programs; ArchiCAD experience helpful, but not required
  • Excellent communicator and team player who has experience working in a collaborative office environment
  • Excited to take on new responsibilities and has the ability to manage up, down and across
  • Comfortable with the challenge of getting work done, meeting deadlines, and sustaining regular interactions with members of the firm in our current fluid workplace environment; this includes working from home, the traditional open office, field meetings, and variations of these models that are likely to be experienced throughout the course of the pandemic

If you meet these qualifications, we encourage you to apply with your resume, cover letter, and portfolio of work to: applications@fg-arch.com

In order to be considered, at the top of your cover letter, please list responses to these questions:

1. Identify your first name and your last name.

(First name: X Last name: X)

2. Where did you graduate from, with what degree, and the year?

3. After graduating, how many years have you worked in a professional office? (Do not include internships while in school)

5. Do you require visa sponsorship in order to work? If so, please state which visa is needed?

4. Why would you like to work for FGA?

ABOUT FGA: Fergus Garber Architects (https://fg-arch.com/) is looking for new collaborators to join our design-oriented and quick paced office designing custom homes.  FGA understands the importance of working on projects from inception to completion and strives to build successful design teams that foster an atmosphere of creative thought and professional development.  Our award-winning work spans many styles and scales, and we’re looking for talented and well-rounded staff to join our team. We have an on-staff environmental engineer who provides guidance on current best practices for sustainability. We provide a high level of attention, management and environmental stewardship to residential clients that have a long term interest in their property. Our clients value our ability to understand them. We create beautiful homes in a range of architectural styles that both we and our clients are proud of. The essential qualities of good architecture: strong plans, good proportions, and high attention to detail are the foundation of our work.

Current Working Environment at FGA: FGA is located in Santa Clara County. Our employees are the most important aspect of our business and we value them as such. We closely follow the county regulations for COVID-19, including working from home. If and when the restrictions are lifted, we will likely utilize a hybrid format for attendance in the office and working from home, with employees working in the office a few days a week to allow for comradery and collaboration while still providing ample physical space for each individual.  Employees with elevated health risks will not participate in our in-office work schedule.  Once a vaccine is available, we hope to resume working from our office on a daily basis.  In the meantime, we are utilizing online systems and tools to help emulate the open, collaborative studio conditions that we all enjoy. On occasion during shelter in place, project teams may still be required to visit active job sites (while following Covid regulations). If not currently in the Palo Alto area, applicants should intend to relocate here to be available for these types of engagements and hands-on learning opportunities.  

WHY JOIN FGA?: 

  • Great people and great projects!
  • AIA Silicon Valley Firm Award, 2018-2019
  • Competitive salary and bonuses 
  • Health, dental, vision, & life insurance 
  • Company contributions (match) to Simple IRA retirement savings accounts 
  • Generous paid vacation and holiday benefits 
  • Allowance for Professional Development and Reimbursement for passed ARE tests
  • Bonus after completing exams for architect license 
  • Annual membership to professional organizations such as AIA and NCARB 
  • Office supports employees to attend National AIA convention and Monterey Design Conference
  • Employees have the opportunity to visit all office project job sites together as a firm
  • Office eats lunch together every Tuesday (currently on Zoom)
  • Pre-tax dollars for public transit cost, bicycle commute allowance and in-house bicycle parking 
  • Walking distance to Caltrain station and convenient places to eat lunch
  • Cereal station and endless snacks (seriously!)  and champagne celebrations for tiny victories 
  • Happy hours and flexible work schedule
 

If you meet these qualifications, we encourage you to apply with your resume, cover letter, and portfolio of work to: applications@fg-arch.com

In order to be considered, at the top of your cover letter, please list responses to these questions:

1. Identify your first name and your last name.

(First name: X Last name: X)

2. Where did you graduate from, with what degree, and the year?

3. After graduating, how many years have you worked in a professional office? (Do not include internships while in school)

5. Do you require visa sponsorship in order to work? If so, please state which visa is needed?

4. Why would you like to work for FGA?



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