Junior Architect / Designer

ZH Architects ZH Architects Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Tue, Nov 30 '21Posted on:

Are you a talented designer interested in collaborating on projects that meet low carbon 2050 goals?  Frustrated by the lack of commitment to real sustainable building practices at your current firm? If you are ready to make a difference, consider working at ZH Architects where we believe the current design challenge of our profession is to synthesize quality design with metric-driven sustainable strategies. ZH has several award-winning projects that demonstrate this strategy and are looking for someone to join our team in continuing this mission.   

ZH Architects is an award-winning firm, that specializes in High-Performance Buildings is looking for a junior candidate with +/- 2 years of professional experience candidate to join our talented team of collaborators.  Our work primarily consists of single and multi-family residential projects with a focus on design and deep sustainability. Those who thrive at ZH are multi-faceted designers who are ready to dive into all aspects of design and construction, can communicate clearly with consultants and contractors, and are able to develop trusting relationships with our clients. This position requires deep involvement in all aspects of architecture, and we are seeking an individual who is motivated to take on responsibility and grow with our firm.    

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a previous commitment to designing sustainable projects holding a degree with a focus on sustainable architecture or previous work experience demonstrating the same. Our goal is to hire someone who is ready to learn and push the boundaries of their knowledge. ZH will support this effort with direct experience in working on Passive House projects, internal learning sessions on Passive House and Mass Timber detailing, and the opportunity to participate in conferences and tours with the firm.

Equally important are strong design and detailing skills and the ability to communicate ideas visually. Presentations are critical to communicating with our clients and knowledge in the Adobe creative suite programs as well as a 3-d program such as SketchUp, Lumion, Rhino, 3dStudio max or Maya will be required.

General Responsibilities

  • Work in a collaborative team structure with other architects and designers primarily on single and multi-family residential projects
  • Act as a design assistant to the Project Manager with client and consultant contact
  • Ability to be independent and problem solve
  • Production of cad drawings, 3-d models, research, renderings, presentation boards as required

Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Architecture or Building Science
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable design
  • Excellent design and presentation skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Although not required, knowledge of NYC building codes
  • Although not required, preference will be given to candidates who have experience with Vectorworks, Sketchup, Lumion, Rhino

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Yearly bonus based on performance, hours worked and firm’s success
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation/personal/sick time annually.
  • Our benefits package also includes 50% contribution to medical, dental, and vision insurance and 100% coverage on disability Insurance.
  • 7 paid holidays 
  • Tax-free commuting
  • Contribution to a Citibike membership
  • Reimbursement for passed architectural exams
  • Reimbursement for passed Certified Passive House Designer
  • Annual allowance for pre-approved professional development course or conference 




No telephone calls, please. Please submit a resume and work examples via email to   (8 MB max, pdf preferred)

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