Architectural Designer

New York, NY
Common Living

Common is seeking an Architectural Designer to join our Design and Construction Team to create homes for shared living. The ideal candidate will have a Masters Degree in Architecture, and be comfortable in an evolving, fast-paced startup environment. We are looking for an intelligent individual who can navigate the balance between both the qualitative and quantitative; the creative and practical. The position will require the candidate to jump between layouts, calculations, diagramming, drafting, coordination, and illustration. This is an opportunity for a talented thought leader to help conceptualize and execute better housing across multiple cities at a large scale.  

About Common

Common designs, creates, and operates all-inclusive homes, bringing community, convenience and flexibility to housing. Common members know their neighbors, have more free time and the opportunity to transfer to any Common home across the country.

Since launching in October 2015, Common has opened more than a dozen homes across New York, San Francisco, Oakland, Washington D.C. and Chicago. Common was founded by General Assembly co-founder Brad Hargreaves and has raised more than $25MM in venture funding.

About the Role

The architect’s role at Common is multifaceted. This position primarily requires the candidate to work closely with our internal Real Estate Team to design and analyze for our rapidly expanding pipeline. As our projects range from adaptive reuse of brownstones to ground-up high-rises, the candidate will test-fit layouts and conduct feasibility studies across a wide array of housing typologies.  

In addition to project-specific design, we are constantly refining and challenging our model for shared living. How does architecture encourage spontaneous interaction and foster connectivity? How do we create buildings in which community transcends anonymity? Our designs are built and optimized from a feedback loop from our other teams: real estate, member services, and technology development. Working with this data, the candidate will be verbally and visually communicating ideas through diagramming and illustrations to fold architectural thinking into our brand.

Since Common is not the design architect for our homes, the Architectural Designer will collaborate with our partners’ architects to ensure quality of the brand through advisory and review. Responsibilities will include schematic programming, layouts, coordination with local architects, drawing review, writing specifications, FF&E design, and construction administration. Unlike the experience one would get in a traditional architecture firm, the job will not include production of drawing sets or formal exploration.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an exciting start up at an early stage, as your work will have a meaningful and significant impact on both the member experience and the formation of future processes at Common. The ideal candidate is someone looking for a less traditional career path, and instead act as a hybrid between a real estate developer, a conceptual housing investigator, and an architect. As an Architectural Designer, you will report directly to the Director of Architecture and work closely with peers in the Space Team. You will learn the ins and outs of residential design across multiple cities and multiple scales. With success, your role will expand as Common continues to scale.  

Master’s Degree in Architecture required
1-2 Years of experience in an architecture/design firm required.  Internship level experience accepted
Professional experience in residential design is strongly preferred.
Professional experience with US city approvals preferred
Portfolio must demonstrate experience or thinking in housing or residential design
Eye for interior design and finishes preferred
Proficiency in Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign required
Candidate must be detail-oriented and comfortable supporting ideas with both qualitative and analytical reasoning
Candidate must be very organized and be able to multi-task across large number of projects
Must be able to prioritize and organize against near and long-term goals effectively
Candidate must be a continuous learner who enjoys researching, testing and implementing best practices
Quick adaptation to an expanding variety of platforms, apps, and workflows in a fast-paced startup environment required
Candidate must be a direct and proactive communicator who can be independent but ask questions when needed

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