In-Situ Architect

Without Walls Limited Without Walls Limited Employer:
Hazelton, BC, CALocation:
Mon, May 31 '21Posted on:

Come build an architectural gem and develop a seed orchard atop a climate change resilient landscape in northwestern BC. 

Minimum Length of Assignment: July - December 2021 (with strong possibility for extension) - starting date flexible for the right person

Work with us in three areas:

1. Owner-Builder Led Residence: We are a family of three - architect, poet and 9-year old - who relocated from Toronto to work on climate change mitigation through ecological restoration. Your primary role will be to design and finish the innovative interior of the residence, which overlooks the extraordinary Stekyoden Peak. 

2. Seed Facility Headquarters: Work with Seed the North in its mandate to collect and process wild-stand seed from biodiverse landscapes, which will be coated with biochar and aerially disseminated using drones. You will design and build our seed facilities, where a lot of our work is based. 

3. Cottonwood Cabin: Complete and execute designs for this cabin built from the timbers of a single cottonwood, which was felled and hewn on site this past spring. The cabin will house Indigenous elders, scientists, and poets who visit Seed the North to advise on their seed collection and dispersal activity. 

Who we are: 

  • Hardworking, creative, open-minded, skill and craft focused, thoughtful, and collaborative

  • Maintain a regional character that values a strong connection to the land where we work 

  • Neutral, inclusive, non-judgemental

  • Dog friendly

  • Not 420 friendly 

Who you are: 

  • Hardworking, creative, passionate about design, building construction, and the natural environment

  • Enjoy working on unusual projects with an innovative approach to unconventional ideas 

  • Flexible and able to switch priorities to handle the rigour of working on a small team with multiple scopes

  • Enjoy spending time in the outdoors

  • Happy to work in a unique open-air office space that overlooks the job site


  • Detailed design of house interior, including but not limited to cabinetry, custom furniture, lighting, old-school plaster, and lath

  • Project management and procurement

  • Work closely with local vendors, mills, and subcontractors

  • Hands-on contribution to construction in executing design drawings

  • Prepare 3D models 

  • Research and order construction materials

  • Follow passive solar and passivehouse design aspirations using natural and innovative performance materials

  • Find creative solutions using locally available materials

  • Complete assigned administrative tasks (letters, reports, spreadsheets, schedules, etc.)

  • Foster a collaborative environment where the crew functions as a team, and keep morale high


  • Post-Secondary degree in Architecture or Building Sciences 

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an architecture office and/or construction site

  • Deeply connected to drawing-to-executing process

  • Proficient in Rhino and/or AutoCad

  • Confident with both designing and specifying all materials, fasteners, tools, etc.

  • Finishing carpentry experience a plus 

  • Able to do material take-offs

  • Able to self-edit and receive constructive critique

  • Interest in design culture and the larger purpose of architecture

  • Valid class 5 driver’s license and own vehicle

  • A proactive Covid-responsible attitude


  • Generous salary commensurate with experience + all supplies

  • Opportunities and resources for professional development

  • Potential for merit bonus contingent on performance

In keeping with our commitment to cultivate a diverse and inclusive workplace, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.

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