Project Manager

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Office San Francisco
Experience 15+ years
Date Listed Sep. 2020

Handel Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interiors firm dedicated to bringing design excellence to urban environments throughout the world. Our four offices are located in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Hong Kong.

Our San Francisco studio is in search of a Project Manager with 15+ years of experience who will become an integral player in our work environment and our firm’s vision. You will work closely with the Partner-in-Charge and Principals on one or more projects, leading design teams from feasibility and concept design through documentation and construction administration. You will have the opportunity to work closely with our clients throughout all phases of design and participate in the project’s entitlement phase. As a leader, you will need to be flexible, open-minded, and willing to work on concurrent projects. Our practice encourages open design dialogue and participation among all our team members to create a fluid and collaborative environment.


  • 15+ years of experience with all phases of architectural and interiors projects; large scale multi-family, hospitality and/or mixed-use experience preferred
  • Demonstrated success completing on or more buildings as a project manager
  • Professional degree in architecture
  • License required; California license preferred
  • Experience negotiating contracts, and extensive experience executing and coordinating the architect’s responsibilities under a contract
  • Experience with risk management, including protection of both the firm and the client
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience directing a Project Architect and extended staff
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team, both in-house and out-of-house
  • Demonstrated success with making difficult decisions, especially in the presence of incomplete information or conflicting interests
  • Strong organizational and technical capability, including demonstrated experience with preparing, coordinating, and issuing drawing and specification submissions
  • Extensive experience with zoning and building codes, and entitlement and permit approvals. Experience with San Francisco or other California jurisdictions preferred
  • Revit proficiency


  • Serve as a high-level client contract; maintain a positive and professional relationship with the client for the duration of the project
  • Coordinate contracts; recognize when contract scope has changed or been exceeded; and propose solutions to correct such situations
  • Assist the client with developing their budget, schedule, and other project goals. Communicate these goals to the full team and hold responsibility for the successful execution of the project
  • Oversee Handel’s financial performance on managed projects
  • Assemble consultant teams and in-house teams and lead the full team through all phases to project completion
  • Serve as a mentor for all team members, and potentially others in the office
  • Research, promote and implement new building systems
  • Participate in firm management and leadership activities, such as staffing resource allocation, financial projections, performance reviews, business development, marketing, attending and speaking at events, and membership in professional and/or community organizations

About the Office

The San Francisco office is comprised of a group of talented architects, designers and support staff. We bring passion, motivation and energy to designing spaces that will make a positive impact on people’s lives and the urban realm.

In our collaborative open studio environment, we share ideas, engage in each other’s projects and contribute to creating exciting and dynamic designs. We celebrate professional achievements and personal milestones. Together we maintain a healthy and lively environment in the office. We gather for Friday Breakfast, Happy Hour and Friday Forum. We enjoy one another’s company, work hard and we have fun doing so!

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