Senior Architect - Project Architect

Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Nov 23 '21Posted on:

SCB San Francisco
SCB is an award winning multi-disciplinary design firm with a national presence from offices in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. We are looking to bring on board a Senior Architect to join our San Francisco team.

SCB’s San Francisco office, now 13 years young, has that distinctive California vibe. Chill, hip, and a little bit funky, our growing San Francisco family includes Chicago transplants, West Coast natives, and everyone in between.  Best of all, we still have the local flair of an architectural start-up, backed by a well-established ninety-year practice.

We are looking for a creative, passionate, and driven design professional to work on commercial mixed-use projects up and down the West Coast, and in Hawaii. You’ll work with a team of talented and collaborative professionals to coordinate with and direct internal project teams and external consultants and contractors on large-scale projects.

We are seeking individuals to represent SCB’s mission and business interests in all phases of our work, and to help mentor and grow our younger staff. If you have the desire and the skills, we have the place for you to put them to work and grow your career.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organizes the work efforts of SCB’s project team on a day-to-day basis and functions as the primary facilitator of communication with the Client and other members of the project team
  • Organizes the work efforts of SCB’s project team on a day-to-day basis and functions as the primary facilitator of communication with the Client and other members of the project team
  • Is integral in the formulation of project design philosophy and adheres strictly to this philosophy in the execution of the work and in assignments to junior staff.
  • Recognizes the qualitative goals set forth for each project and works toward achieving these goals while balancing design, technical and business objectives.
  • Establishes detailed work plans to meet project milestones and continually monitors progress.
  • Directs and supervises work of junior level staff in preparation of drawings, studies, models, and other project tasks. Mentors and trains junior staff in a constructive and thoughtful manner.
  • Exhibits thorough understanding of complex building materials and systems, details, and construction techniques, primary structural and MEPFP systems and their operation, and secondary building systems.
  • Exhibits thorough understanding of zoning, building code, and other regulatory requirements as they relate to the project and checks documents for compliance.
  • Conducts conferences with regulatory officials and prepares strategies to address interpretative issues related to building regulations.
  • Participates in strategic discussion with senior management on issues that affect the Firm’s performance, perception in the marketplace, client satisfaction and profitability.
  • Researches and promotes opportunities for new or innovative system applications. Actively looks for and implements techniques to improve quality of work and efficiency.
  • Promotes a positive team environment with cooperative and interactive working methods and sets a high example of professionalism and leadership for junior staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and determined by SCB.

Essential Skills and Attributes

  • 5 or 6-year accredited professional degree in architecture.
  • 10+ years’ experience on large scale, multi-disciplined projects. License preferred.
  • Proficiency with Revit and familiarity with graphic illustration software programs such as 3D Studio Max, and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design preferred. Proficiency with New Forma preferred.
  • Highly developed aesthetic sense in the use of materials, color, form, texture, proportion, composition
  • Working knowledge of zoning ordinances and the process by which design solutions are quantified, illustrated and explained to approval authority’s ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals including clients, consultants, code officials and construction trades
  • Displays technical knowledge of building systems, material assemblies, and engineering concepts
  • Ability to take charge and respectfully direct younger staff at all project stages
  • Professional manner and reputation for fair and consistent business dealings with all parties
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven leadership abilities and mature judgment

Life at SCB
We support our teams with competitive, comprehensive benefits including, but not limited to, medical, dental, disability, paid holidays and time off, and 401K retirement matching. SCB established a flexible work environment and we encourage our employees to lead healthy and balanced lives with year-round flexible hours, a hybrid remote schedule, and summer Friday hours.

SCB values the strength diversity brings to the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship status, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

You'll learn and grow at SCB. As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development. SCB cultivates a strong coaching and professional development environment that encourages career growth with a multitude of training and professional development programs. SCB offers a range of resources to support career development, including coaching, mentoring, professional association memberships, and licensing examination reimbursement. We view our employees’ development and growth as our responsibility to the broader AEC community.

We continually evolve and look for ways to make the work environment comfortable while cultivating a stimulating atmosphere that promotes design and creativity. We value our people.

COVID-19 Vaccination
As an extension of SCB’s commitment to health and safety, we require COVID-19 vaccinations for all our employees. To be eligible for employment, you must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Medical or Religious exemptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Personal Information
SCB collects personal information (“PI”) provided to it by individuals, including, but not limited to, your name, addresses, email address, and phone number.  SCB collects PI of businesses and individuals that are not employees primarily for the purposes of maintaining contact with those individuals or businesses. The PI, if disclosed outside of SCB, is only typical contact information and may be shared with individuals or other businesses in the ordinary course of SCB’s services (e.g. a client requests the contact information of a consultant).  SCB does not sell nor offer to sell PI.  You are allowed access to your PI and SCB will provide you a copy of the information upon request. You can also request that your PI can be deleted but SCB may need to retain some information when necessary, for example to meet a separate legal obligation.  You can access your PI or request deletion of your PI by calling our office numbers or emailing SCB at

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