Senior Project Architect

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Office San Francisco
Experience 10+ years
Date Listed May. 2022

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 Senior Project Architect with 10+ years of experience who will become an integral player in our work environment and our firm’s vision. You will work closely with the firm’s leadership team 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. As a lead team member, 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.


  • 10+ 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 one or more buildings as a project architect
  • Professional degree in architecture
  • License required; California license preferred
  • Experience negotiating, executing and coordinating the architect’s responsibilities under a contract
  • Understands basic risk management strategies, including protection of both the firm and the client
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience reporting to a project manager, and with their guidance, directing a team of architects, designers, and consultants on a day-to-day basis
  • 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 contact; 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 reviewing their budget, schedule, and other project goals. Communicate these goals to the full team, and be responsible for their implementation over the full duration of the project
  • Assemble consultant teams and in-house teams, leading the full team through all phases to project completion
  • Serve as a mentor for your team members, and potentially others in the office
  • Research, promote and implement new building systems
  • Oversee Handel’s financial performance on managed projects
  • Participate in firm management and leadership activities, such as: staffing resource allocation, 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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