POSITION TITLE: Architectural positions available: Job Captain, Project Architect, Technical Director/Senior Project Architect, Downtown Oakland, CA 94607


REPORTING TO: Principal or Associate


LOCATION:  Oakland, CA 94607 (close to Bart and parking)


OUR CLIENT: Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA)

Website: https://skarc.com/

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alankawasaki/

Since 1999, Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA) has achieved healthy and steady growth as a result of the talent, commitment, intelligence, integrity, and solid professional skills of its staff. Today, SKA is one of the East Bay’s leading design firms, with an excellent reputation for projects that are integral to our communities —award winning buildings, including visitor and community centers, public safety, higher education, and other civic buildings. We are a public sector firm, serving the needs of humanity and neighborhoods, and improving society, one building at a time.

Due to our consistent growth, we are adding multiple architectural positions to our office. We seek broadly skilled Job Captains and Project Architects, and a Senior Architect/Senior Design Architect.

These are salaried, full time positions with benefits.

The position is posted here: http://www.lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_241.php

Why work at SKA?
SKA’s work serves the greater good, and brings people together, in safe, healthy, and inspiring environments. Our recent accomplishments include winning a high-profile design competition for a floating fire station in San Francisco, receiving an AIA People’s Choice Award for a recreation center in Oakland, and receiving an AIA chapter award for a LEED Gold Fire Station. Looking to the future: As a public sector firm, we will stay busy, even during an economic downturn. We are located in a bright office, near both public transit and parking, in wonderful Oldtown Oakland, full of restaurants, the farmer’s market, and city activities. Oakland is our home, and for many East Bay public entities, we are the architecture firm of choice. Although we are a relatively small office, we differentiate ourselves in the size, diversity and complexity of the projects we undertake. Currently we are designing a new administration facility for Oakland Unified School District, multiple fire stations, a recreation center in Oakland’s Chinatown, and a law enforcement facility. We believe in our collective safety, and we continue to work remotely from home, during COVID. Long-term, we will transition to a hybrid model of working from home and the office.

Our company culture: We are collaborative, supportive, and collegial. We enjoy team lunches, happy hours, Oakland A’s games, local city activities, and site visits to watch our projects come to life. Our office is a community within a community!

Our twelve person firm enables us to offer a broad range of career development opportunities from design, production through construction administration. We believe that the best way to achieve a quality project, is to enable our staff to actively participate in the initial design, and see the project through completion. You will work directly with the principals and talented colleagues, in a supportive environment, in an office known for quality design and execution.


Job Captain
Licensed architect or unlicensed professional, committed to completion of licensing. Due to the variety of project types and sizes in the office, the ideal candidate would be able to either work as a member of a 2 to 3-person team, or independently, on a small project with Principal or Associate oversight.

Experience/Skills Required:

  • 3-10 years of architectural office experience.
  • Highly organized.
  • Highly proficient in Revit
  • Ability to coordinate consultants & documents.

Project Architect
Licensed architect.
The ideal candidate would be able to lead a 2 to 3-person team with Principal oversight.

Experience/Skills Required:

  • 5-20 years of architectural office experience.
  • Highly organized.
  • Proficient in Revit.
  • Coordinates and manages staff, consultants & documents.

Both positions require:

  • Strong technical skills.
  • Foundation in design excellence.
  • Initiative, pro-activity and flexibility.
  • Supportive demeanor and contributor to a great working environment.

Technical Director/Senior Project Architect
Ideally, license preferred; not required. Revit preferred; not required. Twenty…thirty+ years of experience…
Ability to mentor junior employees.

Ideal Qualifications

  • 15-30 years of professional experience.
  • Professional Degree or Major in Architecture
  • Licensed Architect
  • Proficient in exterior detailing.
  • Design-oriented perspective.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Revit abilities a bonus
  • Cooperative and collaborative attitude.
  • Fully COVID vaccinated.


  • Oversees the firm’s technical standards.
  • Mentors designers and other architects.
  • Secondary responsibility as a Project Architect.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Master’s degree is a plus.



Our comprehensive benefits include medical insurance, dental reimbursement, 401(K), annual bonuses, profit sharing, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and participation in pre-tax commute voucher program. We actively participate in professional development through mentorship, seminars, approved tuition and professional exam reimbursement.



Please email your resume and cover letter with “SKA” in the subject line.

You will work in the office two-three days per week, when Covid restrictions ease.

We will consider relocation assistance for someone who worked in the Bay Area and would like to return.

Qualified resumes with cover letter will receive notification of receipt.

Please do not send your resume to Shah Kawasaki directly.


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