Jacobs Design Architect in San Francisco, California

Design Architect


The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Discipline Director, Senior Project Architect, or Discipline Specialist, this role researches, programs, plans, designs, and administers building projects for clients, applying knowledge of architectural design, construction detailing, construction procedures, zoning and building codes, and building materials for clients according to their desires, needs, and financial resources.

  • Coordinate an interdisciplinary team to develop complex scope (Science & Technology sector and light industrial projects experience preferred)

  • Resolves design, construction and other technical issues with the design team.

  • Lead the production of documents required for owner, agency approval, bidding and construction; including drawings, specifications, project manuals, design narratives and code analysis.

  • Construction Contract administration, including timely responses to RFI, reviews of submittals, performing on-site observation, writing of field reports, and participation at owner/architect/contractor meetings.

  • Prepare client project presentations studies / reports, diagrams and illustrations for client communication with clarity and design excellence during project delivery.

  • Utilizes computer-assisted design software and equipment to prepare project designs and plans

  • May direct activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents for the Conceptual Design Phase, Schematic Design Phase, and/or the Detailed Design Phase of a project

  • Monitors architectural project scope development and changes, tracking adjustments to the projected project construction cost

  • May conducts periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with detailed design documents

  • Effectively manage communications, relationships, and expectations of work with all members of the design team, stakeholders, owners and project managers.


  • Minimum 4-7 years' related experience is required

  • BA/BS or Bachelors in Architecture in an accredited program is required

  • Architecture registration or Intern Development Program candidate is required

  • Demonstrated program experience in the usage of Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, basic rendering and publishing programs, and Microsoft Office suite are required

  • Familiarity with building code requirements is required

  • Strong organizational, communications (both verbal and written) skills, and leadership abilities is required

  • Ability to effectively coordinate with internal architectural and engineering team members is required

  • Master's Degree in Architecture is preferred

  • Project Management experience is preferred

  • Participation in professional organizations is preferred

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-California-San Francisco

Req ID: BIA0000Q9