Since 1999, Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA) has achieved healthy and steady growth as a result of the talent, commitment, intelligence, integrity, and solid professional skills of its staff. Today, SKA is one of the East Bay’s leading design firms, with an excellent reputation for projects that are integral to our communities —award winning buildings, including visitor and community centers, public safety, higher education, and other civic buildings. We are a public sector firm, serving the needs of humanity and neighborhoods, and improving society, one building at a time.
Why work at SKA?
SKA’s work serves the greater good, and brings people together, in safe, healthy, and inspiring environments. Our recent accomplishments include winning a high-profile design competition for a floating fire station in San Francisco, receiving an AIA People’s Choice Award for a recreation center in Oakland, and achieving one of the Nation’s first LEED Gold v4 Certifications. Looking to the future: As a public sector firm, we will stay busy, even during an economic downturn. We are located in a bright office, near both public transit and parking, in wonderful Oldtown Oakland, full of restaurants, the farmer’s market, and city activities. Oakland is our home, and for many East Bay public entities, we are the architecture firm of choice. Although we are a relatively small office, we differentiate ourselves in the size, diversity and complexity of the projects we undertake. Currently we are designing five new fire stations, classrooms at UC Berkeley, and a $40 million new administration facility for Oakland Unified School District.
Our company culture: We are collaborative, supportive, and collegial. We enjoy team lunches, happy hours, Oakland A’s games, local city activities, and site visits to watch our projects come to life. Our office is a community within a community!
Our comprehensive benefits include medical insurance, dental reimbursement, 401(K), annual bonuses, profit sharing, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and participation in pre-tax commute voucher program. We actively participate in professional development through mentorship, seminars, approved tuition and professional exam reimbursement.
We seek a Project Architect to collaborate with the Principal on the schematic design, and follow through from design development thru construction. The initial project will likely consist of a fire station or similar sized project.
What is great about this position?
You will have the opportunity to realize a project from initial concept through construction, in an office known for quality design and execution. In this twelve person firm, you will be working with talented colleagues, in a supportive environment. As the Project Architect, you will be the primary person assigned to the project. You will also have assistance from senior and/or junior level colleagues depending on the need, phase and/or workload.
Scope and Responsibilities:
• Assist Principal with program and feasibility.
• Collaborate on design concepts.
• Attend all client meetings
• Manage the project under Principal direction
• Prepare architectural design and construction documents
• Coordinate consultants
• Represent the firm during construction.
The company realizes that every interested candidate might not have all of the desired experience, and some training will be provided, but here is what we are looking for in terms of experience and skills… the more you have, the better!
• 5 or more years of architectural practice experience.
• Portfolio indicating strong design abilities
• Ability to build and enjoy client relationships.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills.
• Broad knowledge of professional architectural and building practices.
• Proficiency in Revit.
• Supportive demeanor and interest in building a great working environment.
• Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
• Master’s degree is preferred.
• Licensed Architect.
For immediate consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and portfolio examples in PDF format by e-mail to email@example.com, and reference Project Architect in the e-mail subject line.