Project Architect/Manager at WAKE Design + Development

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Job Overview

WAKE design development seeks a motivated and talented Junior or Intermediate Architect with a minimum of 2-years of full-time experience. Must be familiar with REVIT, the NYC DOB, and have direct experience with Clients.

About WAKE: Looking to gain valuable experience working on a highly diverse mix of commercial and residential projects supported by a mentorship-based culture? WAKE is a values-based firm that strongly believes in integrity, transparency, sustainability, building science, and standardizing processes to ensure everyone is treated fairly and can work efficiently to achieve a healthy work/life balance. We budget for employees to devote 5-8% of their paid work time to pro-bono and creative projects. Our founder and adjunct professor, Nathan Minett, is an award-winning young architect who runs the firm with a professor mindset and a focus on continuous learning and innovation.

The role: We are a small firm rapidly taking on work, so experience in both the design & technical side of projects is necessary. The primary role of the selected candidate will vary in scale and scope but will mainly consist of operating as a Project Architect while ensuring Client deliverables are met. Work will include multiple design and technical-related tasks, including but not limited to:

  1. REVIT-based drafting, renovation and new builds
  2. Permit Filing and DOB responses.
  3. Client Meetings and Construction Observation
  4. 3D modeling; Rhino & others (occasionally)
  5. Graphic design (occasionally)
  6. Renderings & visualization (occasionally)


The ideal candidate will have a degree/background in architecture, interior design, and/or drafting, with 6+ years of professional experience, and be licensed in NYS.

Top candidates should possess the following skills:

  • Ability to work under the direction of the principal or project manager with little supervision.
  • Ability to produce technical sets with experience permitting and responses to local building authorities.
  • Ability to take creative direction and effectively apply feedback.
  • Comfortable with working independently in a growing office.
  • Comfortable contributing to our growing office culture.
  • Strong drafting, 3D modeling, and rendering skills to support the team in deliverables and packages.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Software requirements: 

  • Highly Proficient in Rhino, and REVIT is a must.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Sketchup, rendering software, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Professional Requirements:

WAKE has a transparent payscale and uses AIA’s job definitions to determine qualifications and promotions. If you do not mean AIA’s requirements for the posted job but are qualified, an Arch II or Arch III position could be considered.

General requirements:

To apply, the candidate must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.


Fair wages, premium healthcare, excellent PTO policy & compensation for unused PTO, good work-life balance.


If you are qualified and interested, please include your cover letter, work sample (<10Mb), and CV, as well as any questions you might have about the job.

Work samples should include construction documents that reflect the skillset necessary to operate as an Architect Level III or higher per the AIA. New Build experience is a plus.

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