Project/Intermediate Designer

INTERSTICE Architects INTERSTICE Architects Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Mar 22 '22Posted on:

INTERSTICE Architects is looking for a Project Designer with 3+ years of experience to join our interdisciplinary Architectural Practice. We are an award-winning, architecture and landscape firm, comprised of bright, creative, and motivated people from interdisciplinary backgrounds that are interested in exploring the full territory of design thinking. Built as a design-focused practice, we work on a broad range of projects from institutional, commercial, residential and educational across the Bay Area and beyond in projects types and scales from, public spaces, to single family custom homes – up to multi family, educational, exhibition and performance spaces trough to master-planning and urban design. We offer competitive salaries, full benefits, a transit-friendly, tree and light-filled gallery workplace, and numerous opportunities for professional growth and diversification.

Mission Statement:

INTERSTICE is passionate about serving our clients through the creation of innovating, sustainable architectures of place delivered through excellent project management. 

Core Values:

  • Communication – We believe sharing ideas, we talk a lot draw a lot and ideate in a collaborative and highly graphic environment is essential to success.
  • Creativity – We overcome challenges through unique and innovative solutions.
  • Transparency – We conduct our work with openness, honesty and integrity.
  • Excellence – We strive for excellence in all facets of our work.
  • Growth – We promote the continuous improvement of our firm, projects, processes and people.
  • Learning – We are avid learners and instinctive educators that are always ready to share territory and explore new collaborations to expand our knowledge of the world and how it works.
  • Diversity & Inclusivity – We work to hire a workforce from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, and work hard to understand & address our biases in how we approach all facets of our work as shapers of the built environment.


  • Competitive salaries based on experience
  • Employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance 
  • 401K retirement plan 
  • Bonuses
  • Profit Sharing (401K)
  • Combined PTO
  • 11 paid holidays (including floating holidays and your birthday)
  • Available stipends for professional development
  • Mentored materials /modeling workshop, welding, woodworking,
  • Laser cutting, CNC and Deposition printing studio
  • Architectural licensure support – AXP & ARE
  • Ergonomic under-canopy sit-stand workstations
  • Quarterly office outings
  • Summer hours
  • Friday happy hours
  • In-house bicycle parking and in-house library
  • Commuter benefits and possible on-site parking
  • Retail discount program

Qualifications and Skills:  

  • 3 or more years of experience working in an architecture office, designing and managing of highly customized design focused projects.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage, motivate and lead a project team.
  • Strong design and ideation ability as representative in sketches, renderings or other means.
  • Proficiency with BIM software (Revit strongly preferred). 
  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and Bluebeam.
  • Knowledge of green building technologies, products and net-zero design strategies.
  • Experience and/or interest in participating in business development and marketing activities.


  • Bachelor Professional degree or Master Degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university or equivalent in education or experience.  

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  

  • Licensure preferred, or ARE started preferably in California. LEED AP certification encouraged.  

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Principles / project managers to design and participate in Drawing set management on one or more active projects, set-up project and establish project goals, and design direction with Project Partner, prepare work plan, and provide project focus and drafting and assess needs for extended team.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and research relevant information with team. 
  • Manage and prepare sketches and concepts with team, and develop project design with project partner and Design Principal.
  • Coordinate and help mange sub-consultants with help from Project Principal.
  • Provide technical expertise for effective detailing and constructability. 
  • Manage project schedule and budget to ensure profitability and completion on time.
  • Participate in some business development and marketing activities.
  • Conduct in-person meetings or work with consultants and contracting forces and site visits based on project needs.


  • We are working in-Studio at 1173 Sutter at Polk in the Polk Corridor Alleyways District. 

Please submit the following in PDF form by email to (not to exceed 5MB), and include the job title in the subject line: 

  • Resume 
  • A cover letter articulating why you could be a good fit at INTERSTICE, and a bit about your personal design inspirations, career motivations and aspirations 
  • Relevant work samples
  • How you heard about INTERSTICE Architects.

 No drop-in visits or phone calls, please. INTERSTICE is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE). Candidates should be eligible to work full time in the United States. Immigration or work visa sponsorship is provided on very special cases only.

Protect our team, protect our community: INTERSTICE requires our team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are hired, vaccination verification documents will be required to complete the hiring process successfully.

More About our firm:

INTERSTICE Architects (IA) is a San Francisco-based, dual-disciplinary firm specializing in Architecture, Interiors, Landscape and Urban design. IA was founded in 2000 by managing principals Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrachan, who work closely with clients to create a designed environments across multiple territories that harmonize each project’s architecture and natural surroundings to meet and exceed sustainability / LEED goals.

Over its 20 years in practice, IA has built a notable reputation of integrating architecture and design into private and civic work in both public spaces and private homes. They have received dozens of awards and accolades for their work, including an AIASF Design Award for Special Commendation in Public Responsibility for their work on the Valencia Tenderloin Center, which helps bring a new life to residents in the low-income Tenderloin district in San Francisco.

With over 130 private and public projects completed, IA is recognized for its ability to create engaging and impactful work. INTERSTICE has a compact team of highly versatile employees that focus on all phases of design, from master planning, conceptual design, feasibility, and project programming, to design documentation and construction observation services.


Please submit the following in PDF form by email to (not to exceed 5MB), and include the job title in the subject line: 

  • Resume 
  • A cover letter articulating why you could be a good fit at INTERSTICE, and a bit about your personal design inspirations, career motivations and aspirations 
  • Relevant work samples
  • How you heard about INTERSTICE Architects.

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