Careers at PKA

We’re always looking for talented individuals who share our belief that great design transcends styles and geography. Compensation is commensurate with experience and skill. View our open positions and email your resume, portfolio in PDF form (no disks, flash drives or hard copies) and cover letter to careers@pkarch.com. No phone calls or drop-in inquiries, please.

  • Job Captain

    A job captain uses their knowledge of construction methodologies, materials, and practices to develop drawings, details, and documents that will be used to construct the project. More than just a drafting position, the job captain’s focus is on coordination and constructability of the project lending their knowledge and experience during the design process to help figure out problem areas before they arise. A job captain coordinates the work of consultants, assigns tasks to design staff, coordinates drawings and specifications, and manages the production aspects of a project. Further, they assist during CA with submittal reviews and site meetings as they have a deep knowledge of the project.

    Our studio structures most projects as team efforts and candidates will be working directly with Principals and Project Architects/Project Managers from the earliest stages of schematic design to drafting construction details, producing drawing sets, and reviewing submittals and shop drawings. Candidates are expected to have the ability to work on multiple projects at a time and be able to efficiently switch between tasks. Excellent candidates who complete job duties with urgency and efficiency will have their duties and responsibilities increase on projects and within the structure of the firm.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Manage the production side of a project with a focus on coordination and constructability

    • Utilize and expand knowledge of construction methodologies, materials, and practices

    • 3D modeling for iterative design purposes, documentation and rendering

    • Research and select innovative materials and products

    • Develop product specifications and integrate into drawing sets

    • Draft and produce drawing sets, details, and documents to construct the final project

    • Lend knowledge and experience to identify and resolve problem areas before they arise

    Required Skills, Experience and Attributes

    • Accredited degree in architecture or related program (licensure is desired, but not required)

    • 3-5 years of experience in a high-end custom residential design firm

    • Excellent interpersonal skills with clear, effective verbal, written and graphic communication

    • Motivated, self-directed and organized with effective time-management skills

    • Capable of working collaboratively and independently, managing multiple projects and adjusting priorities

    • Expertise in design, detailing and documentation for new construction and renovation projects of various styles

    • Technical knowledge of Type V construction

    • Experience in 3D modeling, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Enscape, Adobe Suite (Photoshop and InDesign) and MS Office (Word, Excel)

    • Proficiency in Revit, Rhino, ArchiCAD, and other BIM software is a plus but not required

  • Designer

    As a Designer, you’re an integral part of the PKA design and production process. You’ll work closely with PKA Principals, Project Architects and Project Managers on innovative custom residential and boutique commercial projects from the earliest stages of schematic design to the production of drawing sets. You’ll use your creative and technical talents to take initial design concepts, translate them into 3D and explore exciting options, opportunities and possibilities for our clients. You’ll also be involved in the drafting and production of drawing sets, completing of schedules and other tasks necessary for the completion of design and documentation. As you grow and excel at your responsibilities, you’ll be considered for additional opportunities within our studio.


    Primary Responsibilities

    • Participating in design meetings

    • 3D modeling for iterative design purposes, documentation and rendering

    • Coordinating changes in drawings

    • Drafting and revisions to CAD files based on internal and client design feedback

    • Assisting with the development and use of modeling standards

    • Coordinating and completing product and finish schedules

    Required Skills, Experience and Attributes

    • Accredited degree in architecture or related program

    • 1-3 years of experience in a high-end custom residential design firm

    • Expertise in design, detailing and documentation for new construction and renovation projects of various styles

    • Excellent interpersonal skills with clear, effective verbal, written and graphic communication

    • Motivated, self-directed and organized with a sense of urgency and effective time-management skills

    • Capable of working collaboratively and independently, managing multiple projects, and adjusting priorities

    • Experience in 3D modeling, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Enscape, Adobe Suite (Photoshop and InDesign) and MS Office (Word, Excel)

    • Proficiency in Revit, Rhino, ArchiCAD, and other BIM software is a plus but not required