Architectural Drafter

Living Shelter Architects Living Shelter Architects Diversity Badge Employer:
Issaquah, WA, USLocation:
Fri, Jan 15 '21Posted on:

Production Drafter

We are looking for a skilled, design-firm-experienced, and self-motivated individual to join our team as a Production Drafter. The ideal candidate is team oriented, technically proficient, works well with deadlines, focuses on the project at hand, and is driven to help support a small creative design firm with a bent toward sustainability. Proficiency with AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe creative applications is a must. This position begins at 30 hours per week with the potential to become full-time as the year progresses, and depending on interest and skill set, could develop into a design or job captain position in the future.

About Living Shelter

Living Shelter is a collaborative and talented architecture practice in Issaquah, Washington with a wide range of small project clients. Our intuitive and inspired team is seeking a skilled and proficient drafter to keep us supported on both client and internal project fronts.  

We believe that building can be a regenerative process, an opportunity to repair connections with nature and celebrate the natural gifts of the site. Our clients value the intersection between nature and the built environment, and we deliver thoughtful place-based architecture in response. We also value our clients’ vision and tailor our services to their project goals while striving to create places that cultivate health, beauty, and joy.

Our name reflects our affinity for the places people personally interact with daily. We favor a strong work life balance, and our culture is supportive of growth in all our employees, both inside and outside the office. Our (physical and virtual) office atmosphere is homey and comfortably casual, and our team brings curiosity and passion to every project, regardless of scale. If this sounds like a good fit, join us as we continue to develop a thriving practice and create resilient buildings for happy clients! 

 Position Responsibilities  

Project Drafting and Support

  • Assist with pre-design research into relevant zoning code, building code, and permitting process requirements for projects.
  • Travel as required to record existing site conditions, establish context familiarity, and attend meetings.
  • Attend meetings with clients, consultants, etc. Take and transpose notes into template.
  • Collaborate with project managers to integrate suitable sustainable strategies into design.
  • Support project managers with initial document setup and production as directed.
  • Coordinate schedule with project managers to meet production process deadlines.
  • Produce appropriately detailed design development and construction documents in accordance company’s standards of excellence.
  • Calculate energy code and ventilation requirements and fill out forms and schedules.
  • Prepare permit application materials as appropriate for project jurisdiction.


  • Promote the firm mission, vision, and values.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and learning sessions.
  • Willingly participate in community outreach and service opportunities.
  • Contribute to long-term strategic planning vision and goals.
  • Be dependable and accessible, even while working remotely.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 years technical training in architectural drafting, or a BA in a related field with 1 year of drafting coursework
  • Minimum 2 years of experience creating residential scale projects in an architecture office or design department of a design-build firm
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD 2D, SketchUp Pro, and Adobe applications
  • Clearly understand architectural drafting standards to create permit-ready documents
  • Experience applying local and regional building, zoning and energy codes
  • Comfortable quickly learning and utilizing new technologies related to the position
  • Responsive and cooperative, customer and team service-oriented attitude
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, ask for help when needed, and welcome guidance for improvement
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to clearly communicate with clients, staff members, project partners, and management
  • Accurate and thoughtful time keeping and reporting
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines and stay focused both in a storm and in a calm 

Compensation and Benefits

This position begins at 30 hours per week with the potential to become full-time as the year progresses. The base wage and bonuses are commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, retirement savings, a flexible work schedule, mostly virtual workplace, 10% annual paid time off, 50% professional dues and paid continuing education seminars.  

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