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POSITION TITLE:    Studio Director
REPORTING TO:     Principals
LOCATION:               San Francisco, CA (94108/Union Square)
OUR CLIENT:           Form 4 Architecture


At Form 4 Architecture, we strive to create architecture that is rational, empowering, and dynamic. We embrace collaboration and teamwork as the cornerstones of success, and we believe in designing welcoming environments that are fundamentally sustainable and accessible. As collaborative partners in the design process, our principals personally lead every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision. We are an established (1999), growing and multiple award-winning firm.

We are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded the 2017 American Prize for Architecture!

Notable clients include: Google, Facebook, VMware, Workday, Netflix, Houzz, Zeltiq, Kitty Hawk, Kaiser Family Foundation, Charles Schwab, Irvine Company, Lennar, Hines, Sobrato Development Company, Jay Paul Company, Invesco, Trammell Crow, Sand Hill Company, TMG Partners, Swift Real Estate Partners, Santa Clara University, UC San Francisco, Western Athletic Clubs, Equinox Sports Club San Francisco, Orinda Country Club and many more.

Some of our specialties are commercial/office core and shell, LEED platinum, Net Zero buildings, commercial interiors, athletic facilities, churches, mixed-use, residential, and more.
Due to our continuous growth, we are seeking a Studio Director to oversee the daily architectural operations of the studio.
This is a salaried, full time position with benefits.
The position is posted here:  

SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Position Overview: The Studio Director will provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction to the entire architectural team and office as it relates to the execution of projects.
Additional duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Ensure financial and operational success of the studio by meeting Revenue, Profitability, Quality, and Utilization goals.
Lead the staffing and project resourcing process and performance management of the teams.
Lead in the development of a Quality Control Program, which includes the development of a Detail Library, Drawing Standards, and a drawing delivery process.
Oversee all architectural production. Provide cradle-to-grave leadership for projects, ensuring projects are delivered on-time, within budget, and with the highest quality and thoroughness.
Have a hand in the projects…oversee Quality Control, review and provide input on the progress of drawings, and ensure that final drawings are complete, code compliant, and accurate.
Interface with Principals and project managers to develop and manage a work plan for each project.
Act as a technical resource and mentor for the entire office, providing input and direction on detailing.
Stay involved and active as a project manager with select clients and projects.
Participate in the interview process for potential new projects.
Act as a firm ambassador and enthusiastically motivate and mentor for professional development of the staff.

We realize that every interested candidate might not have all of the desired experience, but here is what we are looking for in terms of experience and skills… the more you have, the better!
  • Minimum of fifteen years of overall architectural experience.
  • At least five years of management of a studio and overseeing production in the office.
  • Deep understanding and a minimum of five years of commercial office (shell/core & TI) experience.
  • Excellent leadership skills. In addition to managing and mentoring staff, you are a likeable, respectable person, with a genuine interest in enhancing the careers of those in the studio.
  • Strong technical competence and skill in construction documentation/administration.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent judgment skills.
  • Effective problem solving skills, strong business acumen, and strategic thinker.
  • Dynamic communicator and excellent command of the English language, both written and verbal.
  • Reputation as an expert in the industry and active in professional/industry associations is preferred.
  • Accomplished in software typically utilized by architects.
  • Revit skills preferred.
  • Specification writing or editing preferred.

Our talented team of professionals pride themselves on upholding professional integrity with a commitment to design excellence.  Descriptors of the successful candidate include:
  • Interest and energy level to work at a high volume, busy office. Self-motivated. Problem solver.
  • Proactive; ability to look ahead and plan the sequence of events.
  • Motivated. Detail oriented.
  • Passionate about both the design/artistic aspect and the technical nature of architecture. Continue to set the bar high for all work produced.
  • Have the fortitude and grace to give and receive constructive criticism.
  • Commitment to meet deadlines and do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Ability to think quickly; calm under pressure.

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or related field required. Master’s degree is preferred. Registered/licensed architect required.

Form 4 offers a growing, successful, fast-paced, stimulating work environment, and in-hours continuing education unit seminars. We love our work and we love to have fun. Great people and great work are what we care about!

We offer a cooperative, collaborative, design-oriented work environment with opportunities for career growth, increased responsibility, mentoring by experienced professionals, and a solid commitment to helping interns complete their IDP (Intern Development Program) requirements.

Form 4 is a place to develop a solid design reputation, with opportunity for professional growth.

Competitive salary, attractive bonus structure, and benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, vacation, holidays, life insurance, commute vouchers, 401k retirement plan, etc.

TO APPLY:                
Please email your resume and cover letter with “Form 4-Studio Director” in the subject line.
Qualified resumes with cover letter will receive notification of receipt.
Please do not send your resume to the client directly.

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