Project Architect

San Francisco, CA
William Duff Architects

Are you ready to take the next step, and have 5-7 years of experience? If you have strong design skills, experience managing and mentoring junior staff, and are licensed, we’d love to meet you!

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 Architect

Practice Areas:                     Residential, Retail & Commercial

Reports to:                           Project Manager, Practice Manager and Principal 

Manages:                               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 Project Manager or Practice Manager to coordinate multiple active projects with internal team members and consultants, source material samples and assess staffing needs.

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

  • Identifies, researches, coordinates and resolves design and technical detailing in consultation with senior staff and team.

  • Prepare design illustrations or rough sketches, and create digital models with team.

  • Manage permitting and agency approvals process.

  • Lead bidding and negotiation activities, and obtain cost estimates.

  • Lead Construction Observation activities, including site visits, RFI responses, submittal review, field reports, etc.

  • Delegate project work and mentor junior team members.

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture from an accredited college, university or equivalent in education or experience.

  • Minimum 5 full years of relevant experience and demonstrated abilities working in an architecture office.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

Licensure required, preferably in California.  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.

  • Strong leadership and team building skills.

  • Ability to work well in a team environment with experience managing and mentoring junior staff.

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

  • Communicates with clients and manages expectations effectively.

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

  • 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.

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). Candidates must be eligible to work full time in the United States.  Immigration or work visa sponsorship will not be provided.