Job Openings at Propel Studio
Propel Studio is looking to bring on a new team member to our growing studio. We are a creative office that focuses on designing beautiful spaces for people and the planet. We aim to improve the lives of our neighbors, make the people in our communities smile, and work in an inclusive manner that engages people in the design process. We are a design focused firm, aiming to create beautiful architecture that positively impacts our city and communities.
Our office works on a variety of projects, from ADUs and Custom homes, to Public Interest Design, Tactical Urbanism, and a variety of Commercial Projects. We work primarily in Portland but have also completed projects in Japan and are interested in expanding our international work.
We are looking to bring on a new team member with 4-8 years of experience working in the architecture and design field. An ideal candidate would have experience working on projects of a variety of scales, is passionate about a triple bottom line approach to sustainable design, is knowledgeable about building science, and is interested in alternative approaches to practicing architecture (development, design-build, fabrication, product design, etc.). An entrepreneurial spirit is a big plus. Please include examples of Construction Documents you have worked on at other firms in your portfolio as well as any unique creative projects you have worked on.
The ideal candidates will posses the following qualities:
Exceptional design skills with strong graphic and technical abilities
Strong communication and social skills - Comfortable with public speaking, giving presentations, and leading meetings
Ability to effectively and professionally communicate directly with clients
Self-Motivated, collaborative and creative problem solver with a strong work ethic
Willing to both receive and give constructive and critical feedback
Attend industry and community events as a representative of Propel Studio
Entrepreneurial Spirit - thinking of creative business ideas beyond the traditional practice of architecture
Passionate about design excellence and creating beautiful places
Interest in pursuing competition entries
Attention to detail and interest in architectural tectonics, details, and materiality
Understanding basic business operations and practices
Comfortable with project management and working with deadlines.
Interest in bringing in work to the office
Engaged with the community (participation in neighborhood associations, community groups, volunteer positions
Engaged with the design profession (participation in professional organizations like the AIA, ULI, CNU, AFO, UO + PSU Schools of Architecture, etc.)
Interested in Public Interest Design
Strong writing and research abilities
Job duties will include
Develop and modify design concepts, production drawings and construction documents according to established standards both collaboratively and independently
Assist in design, research, building & systems, programming, site and building analysis
Specify building materials, finishes, fixtures and equipment, both exterior and interior
Develop design presentations and other graphics
Assist in basic organizational tasks and administrative duties as needed
Assist with marketing efforts (RFP/RFQ responses, writing blog posts, conducting research)
Organizing in-office events - both for our team as well as for the public
Required Technical Proficiencies
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
Hand Drawing and sketching
Second Language (other than English - particularly Spanish and/or Japanese)
Rhino and Grasshopper
Compensation will be based on experience and abilities. Along with salary, we offer health care, a flexible schedule and casual work environment.
To apply, please email your cover letter, resume and work samples - both academic and professional - to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have relevant, design-driven website, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Tumblr accounts, please include links in your email. No telephone calls or personal visits, please (unless you bring chocolate or whisky).