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Intermediate Architectural Designer

Architectural Designer — Intermediate Level




We are an Oakland-based architecture and real estate development non-profit working to end mass incarceration by building infrastructure that addresses its root causes. We have specific expertise in community engagement, evidence-based design research, and designing for peacemaking and reparation. We are seeking a freelance mid-level architecture design intern to provide support on discrete project tasks. We require a designer with mature design skills that has demonstrated proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp, and hand sketching. If you are interested in the role that design plays in social justice and enjoy working both inside and outside modes of traditional practice then you will find our office to be exciting.




Candidates must have:


  • A professional degree in Architecture
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years professional practice
  • Proficiency in SketchUp, Rhino, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Willingness to take direction and work as part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative team
  • A strong interest and/or activism in social justice issues is desirable


Projected hours per week will vary, with an average of 32 to 40 hours a week, starting in January 2020.




Please send a digital portfolio, following the directions below. If you have a website that includes your portfolio, you may send a PDF of your cover letter and resume, and the appropriate link(s) for the rest.

Subject Line: Intermediate Designer
Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB

The PDF should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Portfolio with the following examples, for which you have primary authorship:
    • Three (3) hand-drawn sketches
    • Three (3) 3D computer renderings
    • Photo of an architectural model
    • Relevant image(s) of your choice


Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.