The role of Architect brings life to projects from concept design through project completion and delivery. Here at oWOW, we are a driven group feeding off each other’s passion for developing, designing and building housing for ALL. Using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction techniques oWOW aims to create a more affordable and sustainable product.
You will be part of a vertically integrated development team consisting of (Architectural Director, Development Project Manager(s), and Construction Project Manager(s)). The newly created oWOW Design is an in-house design company working with all the development and construction teams to provide quality design. You will collaborate with all teams and consultants, as well as bring to life project-specific designs such as the MacroUnit and oDECK. Both MacroUnit and oDECK are prefabricated mass produced products to lower the cost of housing. The goal to bring housing to ALL is what drives our company. One Design, one product, one space for the best value at any income.
This Architect position is a unique opportunity for those wishing to break out of the traditional architect role and help develop not only amazing designs, but grow a company.
Design, document, coordinate, and execute multiple simultaneous high-quality, high-profile, design projects, collaborating with internal and external teams.
Create conceptual frameworks for the projects through the schematic design process.
Determine and organize functional requirements, and articulate through programming, space planning, and code analysis.
Proactively and continuously flag and resolve project issues with your team.
Produce design and handoff packages, including programming, layout, drawings and specifications, Architect of Record (AoR) coordination (unless is the AoR), and operational documentation.
Coordinate with other development disciplines to produce a comprehensive and coordinated construction document set, satisfying building code, ADA, zoning, and other applicable standards.
Always be looking to creatively interpret the codes to gain more density, provide more efficient systems, or find ways to VE on a project.
Be a main point of contact for external consultants
BArch / MArch Degree or equivalent required, licensed architect preferred (but not required)
7-10 years professional design experience in high quality residential and commercial, or equivalent experience
Comprehensive knowledge of building materials and construction detailing.
Knowledge and experience working with local building code, ADA, zoning, and other applicable laws.
Comprehensive knowledge and experience in Schematic Design, Design Development, permitting and Construction Documentation.
Ability to confidently review and markup the above documents, as required.
Understanding of project budgeting and scheduling and the ability to communicate and work closely with consultants, construction division, and development division to ensure that project milestones are being met and deliverables are on time and complete.
Excellent decision-making skills and a highly resourceful and creative problem solver.
Experience working with the city staff to effectively get permits approved.
Self-driven with a high level of initiative and a ‘can do’ attitude, but open to feedback and a strong desire to learn.
Strong time management and organizational skills and experience working on multiple projects simultaneously.
Familiarity with the following programs: BIM (Revit), Adobe creative suites, Google-based platforms, Sketchup, Bluebeam; project management platforms.
Who You Are
Passionate about housing for ALL! A driven individual who can provide creative input in all facets of design and operates in a friendly team environment.
Has a good understanding of how building systems work and can coordinate multiple disciplines as the team leader.
A team collaborator, clear communicator, prudent risk-assessor, and effective motivator.
Habitually thinking outside the box and exploring new ways to execute projects.
Committed to continuous improvement and optimizing productivity.
Wants to make a positive social and design impact in the Bay Area and beyond!
Self starter and driven.
Asks "Why" and always looks to learn/make things better.