Studio Lead / Project Manager

Baran Studio Architecture Baran Studio Architecture Employer:
Oakland, CA, USLocation:
Fri, Jan 21 '22Posted on:

The Architecture:

We have built a reputation on providing creative and innovative solutions to challenging problems. We strive to create high quality design that balances conceptual with functional concerns.  With a focus on ideas and process, our designs evolve as unique adaptations to existing constraints that prioritize flexibility in the architectural outcome. The work spans multiple disciplines including interiors, landscape, construction, and real estate development. Our work is a mix of programs, scales and construction types that includes new construction of multi-family buildings and single-family dwellings as well as commercial and residential adaptive reuse, office tenant improvements, and retail. Our clients are primarily developers, but also include home and business owners.  We occasionally act as real estate developers, either for a fee or in our own development projects. This gives us a unique perspective on client objectives, which helps us create the best projects possible and to use constraints to our advantage. 

The Studio:

Baran Studio Architecture is an award winning design studio with a reputation for unique and creative design solutions. We are a small, young and energetic company with bootstrapping origins and ethos. Our studio environment can be described as light-hearted and sometimes rough around the edges, but we are also a diverse and tight knit group that takes our work very seriously. We are highly collaborative and encourage individuals to take ownership of the process and the results. We support individual growth by engaging all staff completely in all project phases, from initial concept through construction and occupancy. Our Core Values represent grit and bravery, respect and adaptability, creativity and innovation.

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The Position

We are seeking candidates to join the studio at a leadership level. The ideal candidate will assist in advising on all studio projects across aspects of the project process, including design, technical issues, and especially project management. The role will include working with the studio principal to achieve success in studio operation and project execution. This will also involve working with individual staff on design, code and technical matters, and time and budget management.  The position may also include project management for large complex residential or commercial projects. 

Positive and open yet respectful and constructive communication is paramount. Attention to detail is imperative.  A good fit with Baran Studio culture is also essential to success for both the individual and the studio. You should value hard work, determination, resourcefulness and a high standard of quality mixed with an amount of light-heartedness and levity. 


Candidates should have a range of experience on a range of project types. This includes design, technical drawing, code analysis and project management on projects ranging from single family to multi - family residential, as well as commercial office and TI. Experience in managing staff of 2 to 10 people is essential. Experience with modular projects is a plus. 

  • Degree in Architecture from an accredited university

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience.

  • Strong leadership skills and experience, including interpersonal and written communication skills, and the ability to delegate and guide staff.

  • Advanced design talent, problem solving, and technical skills, including knowledge of construction types and technical detailing.

  • Ability to assemble entitlement, building permit, bid, and construction document sets conforming to agency requirements and office standards for basic formatting and necessary contents.

  • Substantial project management experience including obtaining agency approval, building code compliance, and construction administration.

  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to effectively plan and manage complicated schedules, budgets, and resources.

  • Experience running project teams and maintaining positive relationships, including communicating and coordinating with staff, consultants, contractors, city officials, and neighborhood groups.

  • Experience with municipal zoning codes and knowledge of California Building Codes.

  • Revit, Sketchup, and Adobe knowledge preferred but not required

  • We encourage licensed or licensure-track applicants.


  • Work with principal, staff, and clients to manage studio work flows, schedules, budgets, and deadlines

  • Work with principal, staff, and clients to develop design concepts

  • Work with principal, staff, clients, and agencies to develop design solutions that meet all state and local requirements

  • Manage the assembly of drawings and drawing sets required for client sign-off, community outreach, public hearings, and agency approvals

  • Manage the assembly of drawings and drawing sets required for construction, minimizing the need for RFIs and Change Orders

  • Work with principal, clients, and agencies to facilitate and expedite agency approvals 

  • Efficiently and effectively manage clients, agency staff, project stakeholders, consultants, contractors, junior staff as well as other managers and principal

  • Maintain project schedule and efficiency

  • Manage project budgets and ensure profitability

  • Efficiently and effectively manage construction administration

  • Assist in decision making with regard to studio operations to ensure studio quality  


We offer our employees a creative working environment with room for professional growth and full benefits including Health, Dental, Vision contributions, PTO, Paid Holidays, Licensing and education benefits, 401(K) with match and Discretionary Bonuses.  

Salary is commensurate with experience. Range for this position is $100,000 - $140,000

Baran Studio Architecture is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant work samples as PDF attachments to, with the subject line ‘Project Architect’. Limit file sizes to 5MB. No phone calls please

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