Designer, Fabrication Lab

SHoP Architects SHoP Architects Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Thu, Sep 22 '22Posted on:

Role Description

The position will require excellent physical model making and full-scale mockup fabrication skills. The best candidate will have demonstrated enthusiasm for digital fabrication within architecture, a strong sensibility to how things are made, and curiosity to innovate with new materials.

Skills + Experience
• Demonstrate an aptitude for problem solving.
• Utilize digital fabrication technologies in a creative capacity that advances our capabilities for models and mockups.
• Use of digital fabrication equipment such as 3d printers, laser cutters, and 3axis CNC mills as well as traditional woodworking and machining tools.
• Research and report on new digital fabrication technologies, materials, and making methods.
• Possess working knowledge of, and curiosity for: new materials, model making skills, and digital fabrication techniques.
• Explore system and material assemblies through model making and full-scale prototyping.
• Ability to translate schematics, diagrams, written and verbal descriptions, layouts or plans to 3D physical representations.

Presentation & Communication
• Convey with strong graphics presentation skills on fabrication intent and assembly sequence.
• Discuss fabrication and making approach within your team, and in review settings with team Director.

• Incorporate input from the project design team into the making process.
• Communicate and coordinate with project design team directly. Guide the design team towards creative solutions that is most effective in representing overall project design intent.
• Build experience collaborating with outside fabricators and specialists for outsourced components.

Team & Project Management
• Manage and complete tasks that have been delegated to you in a timely manner.
• Initiate design, research, and development related to assigned tasks that augment or advance the direction given.
• Demonstrate and ability to prioritize when given a list of simultaneous time sensitive tasks to properly plan work that needs to be completed against project timelines.

• Desire to participate in office-wide initiatives related to fabrication research and education.
• Contributes to feelings of safety within their team and is a positive ambassador of SHoP.

• 3D printing experience
• Laser cutting experience
• CNC milling experience
• Woodworking & metal working experience
• Traditional model making techniques
• Software skills: Rhino, RhinoCam, Grasshopper, PreForm, ideaMaker, Adobe Suite Programs
• Additional preferred software skills: Fusion360, KUKA|prc


To Apply/

  • Please email your application to with “YOUR NAME –Designer, Fab Lab ” as the subject line.

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