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Opening for Mid-Level Transit Architect in San Francisco

Oct 08, 2014

VIA is seeking a mid-level Transit Architect for our growing San Francisco office.

VIA Architecture is a multi-disciplinary architectural and planning firm of urban strategists creating connected communities. With offices originally in Vancouver and Seattle, we’re now bringing our ability to craft thriving urban places centered around transit and integrative development to San Francisco.

Highly networked across three offices, ours is a highly interactive studio based practice concentrated in urban planning, transit systems planning and design and architecture for urban mixed-use development. Our systems-level sustainable design strategies and community-based design studio set us apart from traditional architectural practice.

About this position
This is your opportunity to make an impact as part of our start-up here in San Francisco while benefiting from the deep intellectual capital, technical resources, and hands-on work-style of a capable mid-size firm. We see this position as a growth opportunity for you to learn the “VIA way” to manage and design transit facilities while moving into increasing project management responsibilities.

Responsibilities (subject to change) will generally be those of a job-captain and initially might include:

  • Participation as team member in conceptual design through construction documentation with an emphasis on leading consultant and/or in-house design and documentation teams in conjunction with the Project Manager and Project Designer.
  • Self-directed research and development of building assemblies and details and their coordination with specifications;
  • Communications and coordination with consultants;
  • Implementation of CAD and BIM standards and construction document production using Revit.

Experience Requirements

  • Architect with 7-10 years of professional practice centered around ground-transit and urban infrastructure projects. (Significant experience in other multi-disciplinary team, large-scale, complex project types will be considered.) High-rise residential, mixed-use and commercial experience a plus.
  • Licensed California Architect (or expected soon) preferred.
  • LEED AP preferred.

Key Skills
Applicants must meet minimum experience and skill qualifications to be considered for this position.

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, with demonstrated skill at the detailed execution of complex transit projects.
  • Proven team leadership experience: responsibility for design team (or sub-group of a larger team) performance, deliverables, and or consultant coordination.
  • Passion for green building; experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset.
  • Fluency in the use Revit 3D Building Information Modeling and AutoCAD, including both strong computer drafting and information management skills.
  • Skill in the coordination and production of project documentation packages and preparation of graphic presentation material.
  • Strong experience in the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery experience and 3-dimensional resolution of technical issues.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Generous benefits are provided to employees and are available for spouses, domestic partners and families, including: medical/dental/vision insurance and retirement funds contribution matching.

How to Apply
VIA is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, disability, sex, sexual-orientation or gender-identity.

Please submit cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format (no more than 3MB please).

Email with “Transit Architect” in subject line.

Send to: Catherine Calvert, AIA at

No phone calls or office visits please.