Architectural Designer

San Francisco, CA
William Duff Architects

Are you thorough, detail-oriented with excellent follow through, and have at least 1+ year experience in an architecture office? If you also have strong presentation, research and communication skills, you have what it takes to successfully support our project teams.

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:                                Designer

Practice Areas:                     Residential, Retail & Commercial

Reports to:                           Job Captain, Project Architect and Project Manager  

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:

  • Perform document production by developing design and technical drawings, and researching relevant information. Conduct code and product research.

  • Prepare design illustrations or rough sketches and presentation graphics, and create digital models.

  • Assist in maintaining well-organized project digital and physical files.

  • Work with senior staff to evaluate individual project needs and coordinate with consultants.

  • Source material/project samples, obtain cost estimates from outside vendors and develop strong vendor relationships.

  • Take notes and prepare meeting minutes.

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Architecture from a four-year college, university or equivalent; or five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum 1 full year of relevant experience and demonstrated abilities working in an architecture office preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

Documenting experience under the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and actively pursuing licensure required.  LEED AP and additional certifications encouraged.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to design excellence, sustainability and strong interest in working in all phases of architectural projects.

  • Ability to work well in a team environment.

  • Critical and creative thinker with strong design ability and attention to detail.

  • Highly proficient in Revit, with experience in producing visualizations preferred.

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and Bluebeam.

  • Strong writing, editing, organizational and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience in the architectural/engineering industry.

  • Receptive to coaching, with the ability to learn from constructive feedback and apply it to future work.

How to Apply / Contact

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).