Intermediate Architectural Designer

Bowerbird Architects Bowerbird Architects Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Wed, Mar 10 '21Posted on:

Bowerbird Architects is a growing, Brooklyn based, custom residential and small retail firm. You will participate in all phases of the project from schematic design, through construction documents and construction administration. Unlike most, our office is very collaborative and non-hierarchical, and your creativity and input will be greatly relied upon and valued. You will make numerous contributions in design, so your aesthetic should be sympathetic with what you see on our website.

You will be expected to work on many forms of residential architecture from houses to apartment building, as well as offices and retail. Our work ranges from renovations and additions, to new, ground-up buildings, apartment buildings, and country homes. You will meet directly with clients, and eventually be in charge of running projects from start to finish yourself, so you should have excellent abilities to articulate ideas and organize complex projects.

If chosen for an interview, please be prepared to show working drawing sets you’ve put together in addition to your portfolio, and any if possible, photos of construction you oversaw. Additionally, think of architects and projects and details that have moved you, or you worked on, and be prepared to send links to photos of them, and to discuss what aspects of these projects intrigue and inspire you during the interview. Please also be prepared to discuss why you want to work at Bowerbird Architects in particular.

We offer competitive salaries, health insurance, vacation, most major holidays, disability, and workman's compensation.

Candidates should send PDF's of their work or a personal website. 

Skills & Experience Required:

  • BArch or MArch required, and 4-8 years minimum office experience.
  • Ability to produce a complete set of construction documents
  • AutoCAD mandatory. At least some Revit experience is required.
  • Adobe Graphic Design skills (proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In Design and Adobe Illustrator preferred)
  • 3D Modeling and Rendering (Sketchup, Vray for Sketchup) is preferred. The ability to hand sketch or paint will also be greatly valued.
  • Ability to learn and work quickly, but carefully, look things up, and use all resources available to solve problems.
  • Strong and clear communication and organizational skills a must
  • Willingness to learn and take direction from supervisor, but also able to take initiative.
  • Min 2 years of experience on NYC projects, preferably residential, in all phases from NYC DoB Code and Zoning research, schematic design, DOB/Landmarks filing, through construction administration
  • Experience with technical detailing along with the capability of researching facade, materials, interior fixtures, and appliances, etc. and filing out architectural schedules 

Additional Skills:

  • Furniture, cabinet-making, and landscape design experience a plus.
  • Experience with FF+E, and organizing product specifications is a plus.
  • Building study models in creative and explanatory ways.
  • Energy Code knowledge, passive house design, and LEED accreditation will be highly valued.
  • Candidates must be currently located in the New York City area and have valid work status in the US. Proximity of residence to Park Slope a plus, as is owning a bike or using Citibike to get to site visits. 
  • For now, working from home will be expected, but we hope to soon be working from our Brooklyn office and expect any candidate to be open to getting the Covid 19 vaccine.
  • A candidate who lives in, or frequently vists, the Columbia County, NY area, will be highly considered.

Please reply with the following:

  • Cover letter in the body of your email - If you have not looked at our work and stated why you think you would fit well with our design philosophy your chances of being contacted will diminish.
  • Attached resume in PDF format - or your website
  • Portfolio and work samples, including samples of renderings and construction documents (limit 10MB) - or your website
  • Salary requirements
  • Two references that you have worked directly with in the last 3 years - This can be discussed if you are contacted after your application has been received.

Replies that do not meet the requirements above will not be reviewed. Please communicate via email only. Phone calls and walk-ins are not accepted. We are sorry that we are not able to respond to every applicant so please no follow-up calls. We will take a few weeks to review candidates and interview before making a decision, so please be patient.

We do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.

Please visit us at to learn more about our work and understand our philosophy.


Please apply by email only. Having your own website with your CV, Portfolio, and Work Samples is preferred, but sending PDFs is fine as well. We will respond only if you are chosen for an interview.

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