Project Architect Education

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning Dahlin Group Architecture Planning Employer:
San Diego, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Mar 9 '21Posted on:

DAHLIN is a diverse architecture and planning firm practice of 100+ multi-cultural professionals with offices in California and Washington. We offer more than 40 years of experience building communities where we live and work, driven by the vision of creating places that promote human fulfillment and well-being. This same Passion for Place® starts with our own working environment—a positive community where people thrive. Please visit our website ( to learn more.

DAHLIN is committed to welcoming and supporting a diverse community of professionals. As such, women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.

We are currently seeking a PROJECT ARCHITECT to join the Education Team in our SAN DIEGO, CA office! Our ideal candidate is a licensed Architect in the state of California with substantial DSA experience designing public K-12 schools. They should be fully competent in all conventional aspects of architecture, responsible for specific technical design aspects of assigned major education projects, including investigation, evaluation, and recommendation of design solutions that best meets the client’s needs.

In response to COVID-19, our staff are currently primarily working from home, in accordance with local county and state government orders. On occasion during shelter-in-place, project staff may still be required to visit active job sites (while following COVID regulations). New employees will be supported with virtual onboarding and training as well as online collaborative tools. We anticipate that employees will return to their respective office locations once restrictions are lifted and DAHLIN determines it is safe to do so. Prospective candidates for this position should be prepared to commute regularly to our San Diego office and client meetings in the San Diego area.


  • Provide professional architectural consultation in the planning, design, and coordination of large, complex, education projects
  • Independently apply advanced architectural concepts and designs
  • Perform analyses of design, planning and occupancy studies, and limited design layouts in coordination with the Division of the State Architect (DSA)
  • Carry out complex or novel assignments, requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures
  • Review completed reports, plans estimates, and calculations
  • Review drawing and designs to ensure adherence to established specifications and standards
  • Write reports and specifications, as requested
  • May provide technical guidance to less experienced staff and can redline others’ work
  • May direct, coordinate and oversee production of project design, construction documents and/or construction administration


  • Knowledge of public-school/DSA project delivery methods
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and collaborative skills
  • Self-confident; tenacious while maintaining positive working relationships with clients, outside consultants, and technical staff
  • Excellent problem solver and independent thinker with good listening skills and strong follow-through.
  • Strong skills and talent in Revit/BIM and AutoCAD; SketchUp modeling and Adobe Design Suite experience preferred


  • Registered Architect in the state of California required
  • 5+ years’ experience in the production of public K-12 Education projects with the DSA
  • Extensive experience working with DSA and other jurisdictional agencies to obtain approval
  • Graduate of a NAAB accredited 4 or 5 year architecture school

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We offer a competitive compensation package based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage. We also offer the opportunity to participate in pre-tax Flexible Spending plans for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and 401k.

Please note…  

Including a link to an online portfolio is a huge plus! Real people review every application, so we regret that due to the large volume of inquiries, we are unable to accept phone calls regarding the status of applications. We'll be sure to contact you if we need more information. Apply now!


Non-local candidates will be considered. However, DAHLIN may or may not offer relocation benefits depending on business needs. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer. Sponsorship for an employment visa, now or in the future, is not available for this position.

We do not accept resumes from recruiters, placement agencies, or other staffing vendors who have not signed an agreement with us. Unsolicited resumes will be ineligible for referral fees.

DAHLIN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.


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