Intermediate Designer

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San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Mon, Jan 29 '24Posted on:

Who we are

Aaron Lim Design is a small and nimble architecture practice based in San Francisco working on single-family residential projects of all scales and budgets from kitchen remodels to full-gut renovations and additions. We are committed to nurturing a positive team environment that is collaborative and supports both personal and professional development.

About You

We are looking to partner with an Intermediate Designer who is looking to gain more depth and breadth of experience in all phases of design. As a small practice, you will have direct and immediate experience on multiple residential projects at once and throughout the life of a project from start to finish. You will be a key member of the team and will have the opportunity to gain progressive experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Pre-Design: measure and prepare as-built drawings; perform preliminary planning and building code analysis; meet with clients for an initial kickoff meeting
  • Design: prepare concept sketches by hand or in AutoCAD or Sketchup alongside or under the direction of a Project Architect; prepare design presentations in InDesign; understand and become familiar with how design impacts budget; apply knowledge of planning and building codes to design and detailing
  • Documentation: develop permit submittal sets and pricing sets; manage drawing files and understand the why and how a set of drawings is put together; coordinate with consultants
  • Permit Expediting: respond to plan check comments; submit building permit sets for entitlements
  • Construction Administration: under the direction of a Project Architect, attend construction site visits and prepare meeting notes; prepare RFI responses and manage drawing sets throughout construction


  • This is a FULL-TIME REMOTE position, and you must be based within a 25mi radius of San Francisco. Must have an active driver’s license and be willing and able to drive to in-person meetings as needed.
  • 4-7 years of progressive experience in single-family residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working knowledge of San Francisco planning and building codes is a plus!
  • Direct experience and proficient working in all phases of design
  • Familiarity with local building practices (type V construction) and basic detailing.
  • Working knowledge of local entitlement processes and the California Building Code.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe CS is required; knowledge of Revit and Enscape is a plus.
  • Actively pursuing architectural licensure in California is preferred
  • B.Arch or M.Arch degree from an accredited architecture program or foreign equivalent.
  • Legal authorization to work in the US and English fluency.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience and ability. We provide paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave, full medical benefits, 401(k) plan, and reimbursements for pre-approved professional development for salaried employees.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and work samples demonstrating design and working drawings in PDF format no larger than 10MB max file size to [email protected] with “Intermediate Designer” in the subject heading. 

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