Design Associate (3-5 Years)

Firm Name: 
North Arrow Studio



North Arrow Studio has an opening for a full-time Design Associate, or part-time for the right person.  We are looking for an enthusiastic and disciplined applicant with a solid design foundation and an interest in boutique commercial and residential projects. We welcome designers with an entrepreneurial spirit, who are eager to learn and grow, and are capable and willing to help shape the future of our practice. 


What You Can Expect

As a member of North Arrow Studio, you will become a better architect, and you will be proud of the work you do. You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects and facilitate all phases of the architectural process. You can expect accessible leadership in a professional and ego-free working environment.  You will work with a group of talented and hardworking designers open to new ideas and collaboration.  


Job Description

·       Participate in early stages of design, including site analysis, code research, and concept development

·       Develop presentation materials

·       Prepare permit and construction drawings

·       Work closely with consultants to coordinate and review work

·       Assist in the permitting process

·       Engage with clients and partake in project meetings

·       Facilitate construction administration


Required Qualifications

·       3-5 years relevant work experience

·       Bachelor of Architecture or equiv.

·       Experience drafting a project from schematic design to managing CA

·       Single family residential experience required and ground up bar and restaurant experience preferred

·       Ability to take direction and work independently


General Offer Terms

·       40-hour work week with occasional compensated additional hours at deadlines

·       3-month trial period with base hourly rate. Compensation to be re-evaluated at 90-day review

·       Health and dental insurance available after 3-month trial period

·       Opportunity for yearly bonus

·       AXP mentorship available

·       ARE support available

·       Compensation will be commensurate with skill level and experience.


About Us

North Arrow Studio is a small team of designers who support each other in the process of doing extraordinary work. Our work is honest, crafted with pride, and deceptively uncomplicated. Our spaces are beautiful and practical, and they reveal themselves slowly. We are committed to the craft of architecture and the professional growth of our team members. Our office thrives on friendly leadership and fosters a professional working environment where new ideas and collaboration are welcome. Visit us at or 



Contact us at, include “Design Associate” as well as your name in the subject line. Include your resume and portfolio (10MB or less please).  Address inquiries to Francisco.