Alchemy is hiring! We are looking for an inspired individual with broad capabilities — talented and highly motivated — who handles challenges in practical ways. This is a full-time, hourly position starting in early 2019.
Job responsibilities include assisting with design and construction documentation, and working closely with clients and contractor/developer design/build partners.
The Optimal Assistant Designer: —has 3+ years experience as an architectural designer —is an excellent communicator using verbal and graphic means —is self-directed and has stretched themselves to succeed
Special consideration given to candidates with a background in hands-on construction and building experience, and those with Passive House training.
Sketchup and BIM capabilities are mandatory. We are a Mac-based office using Vectorworks, but will train those with Revit competency.
Please submit the following to betsy@weeHouse.com and allow 2-3 weeks for a response: —a one page resume including your GPA —one or two writing samples —two professional references (from architecture/design/building industry) —an online portfolio link
Led by Geoffrey Warner, AIA, Alchemy is a leader in residential, small scale, and prefabrication work. Please become familiar with our work, work philosophy, and history (all available on our website) before applying. Tell us how your background and work ethic will move Alchemy’s work forward.
Alchemy’s office is known for: —focusing on idea-based projects —a well-crafted approach to detailing —material experimentation —engaging innovative building processes —placing an emphasis on sustainability —fostering an attitude of inclusiveness —utilizing smaller spaces and environmental footprints as design solutions —communicating clearly and with transparency to clients around process + budget
With fewer than 10 employees, Alchemists wear many hats. We all contribute to admin work and office upkeep as well as design work. Open work stations and weekly internal design charrettes encourage collaboration. This is an in-office position.
Additional Salary Information: Salary based on experience, and will start out as an hourly arrangement based on a 40-hour work week for full-time employment. Alchemy offers a negotiated salary match for retirement, pre-tax withdrawal option for health insurance payments (no company match), six paid holidays + PTO accrual based on length of employment, supplemental or full payments for technology and training as needed.
Alchemy's distinct hands-on approach to architecture and design combines a playful design process, collaborative relationships with clients, and partnerships with builders and fabricators, to create a harmonious blend of site, building, and community. With sustainable practices as a mainstay of our daily work, Alchemy utilizes recycling and reuse along with building strategies that reduce waste. Our multidisciplinary team draws inspiration from art, literature, history, and leading creative thinkers to create alternative and atypical project solutions. Alchemy’s innovation on the weeHouse prefab system and “tightwad panache” renovations has gained recognition on an international scale.
While Alchemy is known internationally for our design of the weeHouse, a large portion of Alchemy’s business is more traditional architectural design services including new builds, commercial projects, remodels, renovations, and general design consultation. As architects, our job is to solve design problems and help bring client ideas to reality.
Alchemy’s completion of the first weeHouse in 2003, then just an inexpensive prefab cabin, gained international attention as a symbol of architectural... optimism. Since then, Alchemy has widened its scope, developing the weeHouse as a prefabricated answer for cabins, houses, offices, rooftop studios, and multi-unit developments, and has completed dozens of prefabricated projects around the United States.