LEVER Architecture LEVER Architecture Employer:
Portland, OR, USLocation:
Thu, Apr 18 '24Posted on:

LEVER Architecture is a mid-sized practice recognized for design excellence and innovative work with mass timber construction. Based in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California the firm collaborates with communities and institutions to design buildings that elevate human experience and foreground social and climate justice. 

We are seeking candidates to contribute to and grow with our award-winning office dedicated to design, research, and impactful projects across many different scales, regions, and typologies. The firm brings international experience and design excellence to a diverse range of building types including institutional, creative office, and multi-family housing, and is nationally recognized for technical innovation with mass timber.

The best candidates will have a demonstrated enthusiasm for design, good communication skills, and experience with multiple design phases. 


  • Report directly to the assigned Project Leader
  • Produce diagrams, models, renderings, and drawings for internal study, design presentations, consultant coordination, or client presentations
  • Research and prepare presentation materials
  • Coordinate with various engineers and consultants as required for the successful completion of various phases of design 


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture
  • 3-8 years professional architecture experience
  • Experience and familiarity with industry-standard design software, including Revit, SketchUp, and Enscape, is required
  • Experience with affordable and/or market rate multi-family housing is preferred
  • Familiarity with zoning and building codes is a plus
  • Experience coordinating with engineers and consultants is a plus
  • Licensed Architect is a plus 


  • Comfortable working independently and as a collaborative, productive member of a team
  • Highly motivated, proactive, and passionate
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented, with strong graphic and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in ongoing learning and action to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession and community
  • Must live in the Portland, OR area. 

Work Environment

  • LEVER is currently a hybrid office structure, with teams working in the office Tuesday-Thursday
  • Our firm values a collaborative, fun, and values-driven work environment. We sponsor firmwide volunteer and teambuilding events throughout the year, in addition to outings and community programs intended to build strong connections between team members and the broader community. 


LEVER provides competitive salaries, benefits, and a healthy work/life balance. LEVER offers a total compensation package that includes employer-covered medical, dental, and vision plans, as well as a Safe Harbor 401(k) retirement plan. LEVER offers the option for employees to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account, long-term disability, and life insurance plans, and paid time off for licensing exams. 

LEVER’s paid time off plan includes vacation and sick time, and paid holidays. The firm is closed the last week of the calendar year.

About LEVER Architecture

LEVER’s work encompasses multiple scales and types, ranging from a major expansion of Adidas’ North American headquarters to student housing for the Pacific Northwest College of Art. In parallel with our projects, the firm develops and tests next generation building assemblies and sustainable tools—a research effort supported by more than $2M in grant funding. For this commitment to groundbreaking design, LEVER was recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies; and in 2017, was named to Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard and the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices. 

Selected current projects include Maine’s Portland Museum of Art, Portland State University’s Art and Design School, two libraries for Multnomah County Library, a multi-building campus project for NBCUniversal; and 843 N Spring Street, a development slated to become one of LA’s largest Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings.

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To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit by email a cover letter, resume, and work samples in .pdf format, to [email protected]. Inquiries should have “PDX - Architect/Designer Your Name” in the subject line. 

The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

LEVER Architecture is an equal-opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive studio. Our firm endeavors to provide an environment in which human dignity prevails. All employees and applicants for employment are extended equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, veteran or military status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by applicable nondiscrimination laws.

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