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Project Manager – Residential

William Duff Architects
AutoCAD  Revit  
Job Type
Years of Experience
7-10 Years, 10+ Years


Do you have a passion for project delivery and residential design? Your 7+ years of architecture experience also means you’ve honed your skill for motivating a project team to the finish line.

About us: William Duff Architects is a dynamic, growing architecture firm, comprised of bright, creative, motivated people. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation in residential, retail, restaurant, and commercial projects. We offer competitive salaries, full benefits, a transit-friendly workplace, and opportunities for professional growth.

Position:                                Project Manager - Residential

Practice Areas:                     Residential

Reports to:                           Practice Manager and Principal

Manages:                               Project Architect, Job Captain, Designer

WDA Benefits Package:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Health, dental, vision & life insurance
  • 401K retirement plan
  • Bonuses
  • Paid vacations and sick time
  • Professional development support
  • In-house mentorship
  • Quarterly office outings
  • Summer hours
  • Weekly happy hours
  • In-house bicycle parking
  • Retail discount program

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Practice Manager to manage multiple active small to mid-sized projects, set-up project and establish project goals, prepare work plan, and assess staffing needs.
  • Manage document production by developing design and technical drawings, and research relevant information with team.
  • Manage and prepare sketches and concepts with team, and develop project design with Practice Manager and Principal.
  • Ensure that project conforms to contractual agreement with client.
  • Provide technical expertise for effective detailing and constructability.
  • Manage project schedule and budget to ensure profitability and completion on time.
  • Conduct code and product research with team, and manage the permitting and agency approvals process.
  • Manage the bidding and negotiation process, and assist the client in evaluation of submitted bids.
  • Implement quality assurance/quality control processes to reduce risks and exposure in all phases of the project.
  • Direct and manage Construction Observation activities, including scheduling, review of shop drawings, field observations, review of change orders, and review of contractor pay requests.
  • Review project invoices and expenses.
  • Participate in business development and marketing activities.
  • Delegate project work, mentor and motivate team members.

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university or equivalent in education or experience.
  • Minimum 7 or more years of experience working in an architecture office with three years in the designing and managing of high-end residential projects.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

Licensure required, preferably in California.  LEED AP certification encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to design excellence, sustainability and strong interest in working in all phases of architectural projects.
  • Knowledge of residential design, construction means and methods, architectural detailing, and building and planning codes.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage, motivate and lead a project team.
  • Ability to navigate stressful, dynamic or ambiguous situations, schedules and project demands.
  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.
  • Strong design ability as representative in sketches, renderings or other means.
  • Proficiency with BIM software (Revit strongly preferred).
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and Bluebeam.
  • Strong writing, editing, organizational and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of green building technologies, products and net-zero design strategies.

Please submit the following in PDF form by email to (not to exceed 4MB), and include the job title in the subject line:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter articulating why you could be a good fit at WDA, and a bit about your personal design inspirations and aspirations
  • Relevant work samples
  • How you heard about WDA

No drop-in visits or phone calls, please.  WDA is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE).