Architectural Designer

The Akeena Group The Akeena Group Employer:
Ventura, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Apr 12 '22Posted on:

We are looking for talented, creative and entrepreneurial Architects and Designers who are highly motivated to participate in a collaborative office environment with the possibility of creating their own body of work. The Akeena Group is a woman owned, full service firm, licensed both in Architecture and General Contracting, and we are growing with the vision of creating a collective group of designers and builders.  It is here you can gain the experience to design and build your projects in a supportive environment.  Just to function well in this type of firm, you’ll need many skills in order to tackle the varied demands and excitement of bringing yours and the company’s projects from concept through construction.  A few of the attributes that we know you’ll need:

  • An ability to adapt to changing priorities, adjusting deadlines, and embracing the fluidity of construction management
  • strong organizational skills along with a high degree of understanding of construction documentation and code compliance
  • the capability to comprehend the importance of the big picture, (scheduling a project from initial design to final inspection) as well as value of detail (designing the connection of the column to the railing, specifying the material, knowing how a trade will manage that application, and understanding the life cycle and maintenance of what you have designed)
  • the ability to work positively and collaboratively with excellent communication, both verbal and written, toward everyone on the team, as well as the extended support staff
  • a proficiency in Revit and AutoCad with a thorough understanding of construction documentation and detailing
  • a passion to be out in the field and intimately involved in the construction aspect of the projects
  • an understanding and knowledge of building codes, ADA compliance and submittal practices.

While we think it’s helpful to have at least 4 to 6 years of professional experience in design development and construction documentation, as well as a thorough understanding of a project’s process, we also acknowledge that the desire to do this type of work is valuable so we invite you to respond regardless of your expertise.  In addition, it is not necessary to be licensed as an Architect as much as it is necessary to think like one.  This position requires many hats, just the nature of the process and the profession, so it is important to want to be proficient in all aspects of the process.  The opportunities we offer would be ideal for a candidate who is in the process of licensure as you will have the ability to be a part of all aspects of an architectural practice.  This position will work directly with the principal of the firm with the ability to grow into project and construction management.  We hope that this resonates with some of you to join a new concept in design and building which is really an old idea brought back to the present. 

We encourage people who are independent, driven, creative and thrive in a challenging environment to contact us. 

We appreciate your submittal of the following documents:

  • A cover letter stating your direction, goals, experience and specific skills that you will bring to the position
  • A resume with a timeline and descriptions of past employment history and education.
  • Construction drawing samples of completed projects and an explanation of your role in each project
  • Examples of presentation drawing styles, construction details, design details, etc.

This is a full time position working in our office located in a historic building at the heart of downtown Ventura.  Our workspace is light filled with high ceilings and an energetic atmosphere.  We offer a flexible schedule, generous personal time/sick leave program and medical benefits.


The Akeena Group is a company that embraces diversity in race, age, gender and thought.  We strongly encourage community involvement and personal growth.  By embracing innovation, systems and professional development, we all stand to benefit as a team and as a company. 


Our Guiding Values:

  • Create a fun, positive experience throughout the project
  • Everyone on the team deserves respect
  • Deliver exceptional customer service
  • Be open to change and new techniques
  • Be grateful for the job, the team, the client and the vendors
  • Transparency through communication and relationship
  • Interact with others on a deeper level, get involved with their passions
  • Be empathic
  • Know what we do affects others emotionally, physically and energetically
  • Be Remarkable Everyday

We are looking for someone special who not only has the experience but has the desire to be part of our team.  While experience and skills are important, even more valuable to us is embracing similar philosophies and fitting into our desired culture.  This is what will create a better team, a better environment and ultimately, a better project.  

We are excited to hear from you!

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