Architect/Designer (3-5 years experience)

PALO PALO Diversity Badge Employer:
San Diego, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Apr 14 '22Posted on:

PALO is looking for an Architect with three or more years of experience and, preferably, a license to practice architecture in California. Join us to address the housing shortage by working across a portfolio of multifamily residential projects. We believe those who build things create the future—and that we build best at the intersection of speed and skill. Let’s work together to create a more livable world.

About us
We are an architecture and landscape office founded on the principles of generosity and adaptability. Our San Diego office engages local conditions with an ambitious perspective. We focus on creating high-quality housing at scale. 

About the role
This role is pivotal to great design across a project scale—from massing to detailing. Enthusiasm for well-designed housing in San Diego’s climatic wonderland is a must.

This requires a curious mind searching for clear design resolutions in a collaborative setting.


  • Assist principle in charge and PM to identify project goals and constraints (zoning, code, budget, site, etc.)
  • Dive deep into contemporary housing design and seek solutions applicable to San Diego context


  • Ideate and iterate early project concepts in 3 dimensions
  • Oversee the development of specific project drawing sets from concept to construction
  • Develop Revit models, drawings and presentations through all project phases
  • Develop clear, logical and narrative driven design presentations for Clients

About you
We are looking for someone who can prioritize research, design and schedule and who brings inspiration through all project phases.  

  • Intermediate knowledge of design and construction processes in multi-family residential
  • Diverse knowledge of architecture principles and precedents
  • Accuracy working with speed
  • Design acumen with experience working collaboratively in teams of 4 to 6 architects/designers
  • Advanced skills in Revit
  • 3+ years of experience, California license preferred

We take pride in the foundational team we are building. Each of us plays an important role in delivering quality housing as well as a great working environment. We are a community of designers, building scientists and do-gooders. As part of our community, PALO will provide you with the environment and resources to grow.  

  • Competitive transparent salary in line with AIA Compensation Survey
  • 80 hours accrued paid time off
  • 80 hours unpaid time off
  • 24 hours accrued sick time
  • 10 holidays per year
  • WFH options
  • Health insurance QSEHRA Reimbursal
  • Continuing education allowance
  • Professional membership stipends (AIA, ASLA, BIA, ULI, NAIOP, etc.)
  • Charitable giving matches as 1% for the Planet member

We encourage applicants regardless of religion, ethnicity, nationality, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family, or parental status. If you need any assistance or accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know.    

Please submit your CV, brief portfolio and cover letter to with the subject line Architect 1.

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