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Intermediate Architect/Designer, Shook Kelley, Los Angeles

Job title
Intermediate Architect / Designer

Job description
We are looking for an Intermediate Level Architect or Designer with at least 7-10 years experience working as a project leader to join our studio in Los Angeles. [Please note: All applicants must have valid US visa or other equivalent to be legally employed in the US. Shook Kelley is not offering international sponsorship opportunities at this time.]

Ideal candidate will have strong capabilities in conceptualizing designs, solving problems, drawing, presentations and leading both clients and teams towards innovative solutions; will have strong technical and workflow management capabilities, along with the natural ability to prioritize a litany of tasks, negotiate schedules, garner trust and credibility, nurture relationships and communicate with extreme proficiency. This individual will contribute to the overall creative concept of a project and assist in developing the key design direction with other team members. They will also be responsible for contributing to and managing the internal production of CAD workflow and architectural detailing. Strong graphic and verbal communication skills, with the ability to work in a team environment, are critical.


Provide project team coordination for the finished plans, specification and material selections required for construction

Prepare and ensure the accuracy of technical documents and contracts

Produce technical building envelope and and customized interior details

Participate in the construction administration of project assignments, including quality control Work with consultants, contractors, fabricators, specification writers and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives

Effectively communicate with clients, consultants and staff clearly and consistently Involvement in project decision-making process and understand the effects of his/her decisions Set internal standard of excellence

Establish a track record of exceeding firm expectations

Continue to evaluate process and find new ways of improving efficiency as it relates to time and resource management.


Bachelor’s degree in Architecture 7+ years of experience

Ability to self-start and work with team in a unique, small office environment will be paramount to success

Ability to work with a lead Designer/Architect to complete and augment an overall design direction Construction documents and specification experience

Knowledge of 3D presentation software: Sketchup, Revit, 3D Vectorworks are preferred Experience in commercial, retail, restaurant, grocery and/or corporate interiors Competence in working with a fast-paced, collaborative design environment

Strong technical skills including experience and knowledge in building codes, drawing standards and the permitting process Proficiency with Archicad, Vectorworks, AutoCad, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, SketchUp and MAC-based systems

Architectural license or IDP track towards licensure a plus

All candidates must have well-rounded experience in architecture, with particular focus on design from programming to material selection and detailing.

Technical Skills

Ability to create and plan a drawing set and presentation that is clean, efficient and understandable and to the complete, technical level required for the type of project being prepared

Knowledge of the parts of a project/presentation/drawing set and how to assemble them Improved ability to coordinate between architectural trades and consultants for the various parts of a project Intermediate understanding of the architectural building process, applicable building codes and the phases of construction

Advanced technical knowledge with the ability to redline; understand and know the most current building systems available Implement, assist and maintain office systems and standards

Flexibility to prepare project documentation in various formats using multiple design and presentation applications Creative Ability Initiate creative schemes for portions of a project and contribute to the overall creative concept

Contribute to the interaction of the various disciplines, providing creative direction in the relationship of architecture with graphics, branding, etc. Sound understanding of the steps and processes involved in the creation of a final design solution, within the context of the firm’s multi-disciplinary environment (including a working knowledge of elements outside of the discipline of architecture, such as dimensional graphics, merchandising and consumer behavior)

Ability to develop relevant design solutions consistent with the overall project concept and strategy Initiate project presentations and generate creative, consistent and understandable presentation materials for clients that clearly communicate concept and design solutions for the overall project

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