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Join our Team! Architectural Designer (Architectural Staff Level II)

zpd+a is hiring for immediate placement! Small office, big reach! We are an energetic, studio-oriented firm that believes quality design is a priority on all projects, and we are working on a number of exciting projects across Chicago and across the nation!


Excelling at creative and pragmatic design, we integrate sustainability and universal design practices into our clients’ aesthetic, qualitative, and financial objectives on every project. Our staff work in small design-focused project teams that leverage the individual talents and skills of team members to promote an intimate design environment, offering growth opportunities to designers at all stages of their career while contributing to projects that get built. We strive to create energetic and inspiring spaces tailored to a variety of user populations: from corporate interiors that inspire team building and workplace creativity, to multi-family and senior living communities facilitating health and activity, to restaurants, community centers, and private homes; our design flexibility and user-oriented approach considers the unique narrative of each project. Our projects provide the opportunity to create dynamic, human-centric spaces that include the integration of the building with interior finishes, furniture, environmental graphics, and artwork.

We are committed to providing our colleagues with a friendly and collaborative environment, work-life balance, excellent benefits, and opportunities to explore their professional growth.



Architectural Designer (Architectural Staff Level II)


Full time opportunity for a dynamic designer with a minimum of 6 years of experience in a professional studio setting. This position includes exposure to a variety of project types, including mixed-use multi-family developments, office interiors, and a variety of hospitality driven projects. The position will work directly with Senior Designers and Design Principals as part of a multi-disciplined design studio.

Responsibilities would include (but not limited to):

  • Participate in collaborative effort to develop design concepts, including investigation, evaluations, and recommendation of design solutions that best meet the client’s goals

  • Provide professional architectural consultation in the planning, design, and coordination of complex projects

  • Independently apply advanced architectural concepts and designs in the development of drawings and related project documentation from Schematic Design through to Construction Documentation

  • Lead the research and documentation of project related requirements including building technologies, material systems, and municipal regulations

  • Asist with building envelope detailing and design

  • Manage Construction Administration tasks throughout construction of the project

  • Communicate with studio colleagues, as well as with consultants to coordinate project tasks and goals

  • Provide technical guidance to less experienced architectural staff


Applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Professional degree in Architecture with exemplary academic and professional design skills

  • 6 years or more of full-time post-graduate experience working in commercial and/or residential design

  • Proficiency in Revit and AutoCAD; working knowledge of SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite applications (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)

  • Working knowledge of Bluebeam Revu preferred

  • Experience assembling and managing Construction Documentation

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic designer, knowledgeable with a variety of typologies and details, and possess a keen awareness regarding the components required to deliver innovative, yet realistic developed design solutions that satisfy our client's programmatic; design; and overall project goals. They should take initiative, communicate effectively working within a team and demonstrate successful problem-solving skills.



Based on experience


Medical Benefits

401k Matches

Flexible work schedules

Paid Vacations and Holidays

Professional Growth opportunities

Mentorship driven studios

An energetic and supportive work environment


Please send a cover letter, resume, portfolio and relevant work samples to Human Resources

[No recruiters please]

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