SGPA Architecture and Planning is a leading architectural design firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, and Fresno.  For over 50 years, we’ve become specialists in projects that feature or blend residential, retail, mixed-use, education, senior living, and wellness.  Our practice, committed to enhancing the quality of people’s lives through smart design, is rooted in creative approaches, effective management, and technology. 

 

Work for SGPA

SGPA is interested in hiring talented, energetic individuals who want to pursue a professional path of growth within our firm. We are committed to licensure, architectural internships, and continuing education.

 

Associates Program

SGPA recognizes the contributions of our current and future leaders through appointment to the Associates Program. Associates who perform successfully can grow to Senior Associate, Associate Principal, and Principal. Senior designations involve participation in corporate ownership.

The Associates Group operates in an advisory capacity outside the direct line of firm management. By fostering open, frequent dialogue among our employees, the Associates Group helps to set the direction of the firm.

 

Intern Development Program

Our design team is only as strong as its best ideas. And some of the most creative input comes from early-career architects. At SGPA we welcome and use our interns’ insights, and offer full involvement in our projects.

Our uniquely integrated training programs encourage interns to continue their education while cultivating the technical skills required to succeed in the industry. SGPA supports NCARB’s Intern Development Program and the intern architects enrolled in it. Senior-level professionals mentor our intern architects in all areas of practice and provide timely and regular reviews to evaluate progress.

Please check our Current Open Positions section to see if we’re hiring interns now.

 

Full-Time Employee Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including 401k, medical, dental, paid vacation, and flexible spending options. Capable and enthusiastic job performance will be rewarded with opportunity and responsibility. Our working schedule of 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday allows the office to close at 11:30am every Friday. SGPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Open Positions

Senior Project Manager (San Francisco)

Our San Francisco office seeks an experienced Senior Project Manager with 10 to 20 years of experience, possess a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and is a licensed Architect in the State of California.

Candidates should possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience with any combination of the following: mixed-use, retail, multi-family residential involving concrete podium with light steel framing and / or cast-in-place mid-rise construction methods
  • Proven track record in managing multiple projects and project teams
  • Proficiency with Revit/AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and familiarity with other Construction and A&E industry software applications. (i.e. Newforma, Bluebeam and Ajera / Deltek are desirable)
  • Detailed in depth knowledge and understanding of materials and methods of construction
  • Exceptional skills in construction document detailing and coordination of consultant documents
  • Broad based knowledge of structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems along with strong understanding of civil designs and documentation
  • Excellent project management capabilities exhibited through resume & portfolio example projects
  • Comprehends design concepts in both verbal and graphic communications
  • Detailed in depth knowledge and understanding of current building/zoning codes, including ADA requirements/standards
  • On site full time construction administration experiences is an added value

Candidate responsibilities include the following:

  • Work under the collaborative direction of a Principal-in-Charge, Director of Operations, Director of Design, and Senior Designer(s) to develop then deliver constructible design concepts that respond to firm and client objectives
  • Manage the goals and expectations of the firm and assigned project client(s)
  • Develop and maintain a continuing strong client relationship(s) that seeks to develop future business opportunities
  • Develop project objectives, program, scope, schedule, and budget along with management plan to be coordinated with Principal-in-charge and Director of Operations
  • Develop staffing requirements for project team selection and work with the Director of Operations to determine Project Team assignments
  • Manage project team members and monitor performance in order to ensure compliance, (both client’s and firm’s) expectations, and quality assurance
  • Develop consultant scope of services and approve consultant fee proposal with Principal-in-Charge
  • Development and preparation of construction documents from conceptual design sketches and exhibits for mixed-use, retail, multi-family residential projects
  • Oversee the selection of building materials, project products and components for the development of construction documents
  • Prepare and/or coordinate the development and writing of project manuals, including product cut sheets, and specification sections
  • Organize, mentor, instruct project team members in development and production of construction documents
  • Conduct regular routine project team meetings both internal and with consultant team members
  • Provide written evaluations of project team members performance, including consultant team members
  • Maintain periodic project update status meetings with Principal-in-Charge and Director of Operations to meet established utilization budget goals
  • Coordinate, supervise, and guide the project consultant team members in the development of the project documents at all phases
  • Participate in the selection of all project team members including Consultants
  • Conduct on-going continued QA/QC of project documents
  • Oversee construction administration either through direct involvement, or supervision and guidance of selected project team members

To apply, email your resume and portfolio to SGPA Human Resources at JobsSF@sgpa.com. No phone calls, please.

Project Manager (San Diego)

Our San Diego office seeks a Project Manager who is seeking long-term career relationships with potential for advancement.  Ideal candidates will have 8+ years of experience, licensure in the state of California, and experience with education project types.

Candidates should possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience with any combination of the following: education, mixed-use, retail, residential, senior living, or medical office. Education experience preferred.
  • The ability to successfully manage multiple projects and Project Team members
  • Proficiency with Revit/AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and familiarity with other Construction and A&E industry software applications. (i.e. Newforma, Bluebeam and Ajera/ Deltek are desirable)
  • Extensive understanding of materials and methods of construction
  • Exceptional skills in construction document detailing and coordination of consultant documents
  • Broad based knowledge of structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems along with strong understanding of civil designs and documentation
  • Excellent project management capabilities exhibited through resume & portfolio example projects
  • Comprehends design concepts in both verbal and graphic communications with exceptional communication skills
  • Detailed in depth knowledge and understanding of current building/zoning codes, including DSA and ADA requirements/standards

Candidate responsibilities include the following:

  • Work under the collaborative direction of a Principal-in-Charge, Director of Operations, Director of Design, and Senior Designer(s) to develop then deliver constructible design concepts that respond to firm and client objectives
  • Manage the goals and expectations of the firm and assigned project client(s)
  • Develop and maintain a continuing strong client relationship(s) that seeks to develop future business opportunities
  • Develop project objectives, program, scope, consultant scope of services, schedule, and budget along with management plan to be coordinated with Principal-in-charge and Director of Operations
  • Develop staffing requirements for project team selection and work with the Director of Operations to determine Project Team assignments
  • Manage project team members and monitor performance in order to ensure compliance, (both client’s and firm’s) expectations, and quality assurance
  • Development and preparation of construction documents from conceptual design sketches and exhibits for projects
  • Oversee the selection of building materials, project products, and components for the development of construction documents
  • Prepare and/or coordinate the development and writing of project manuals, including product cut sheets and specification sections
  • Organize, mentor, instruct project team members in development and production of construction documents
  • Conduct regular routine project team meetings both internal and with consultant team members and provide motivation for each member of the project team
  • Provide written evaluations of project team members’ performance, including consultant team members
  • Maintain periodic project update status meetings with Principal-in-Charge and Director of Operations to meet established utilization budget goals
  • Coordinate, supervise, and guide the project consultant team members in the development of the project documents at all phases
  • Participate in the selection of all project team members including Consultants
  • Conduct on-going continued QA/QC of project documents
  • Oversee construction administration either through direct involvement, or supervision and guidance of selected project team members

To apply, email your resume and portfolio to SGPA Human Resources at JobsSD@sgpa.com. No phone calls, please.

Senior Job Captain (San Francisco)

Our San Francisco office seeks an experienced Senior Job Captain with 10 years’ experience who is seeking long-term career relationships with potential for advancement. Ideal candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or an equivalent related Design degree and licensed or on track for licensure as an Architect in the State of California.

Candidates should possess the following skills: 

  • Experience with Type I and Type III construction, concrete podium, steel and wood framing, and some combination of the following: residential, commercial / mixed-use, retail, senior living and wellness projects
  • Proficiency with Revit, Microsoft Office & Outlook and familiarity with SketchUp, Photoshop and other industry software applications are desirable
  • Basic understanding of materials and methods of construction
  • Excellent graphic and design capabilities exhibited through resume & portfolio example projects
  • Comprehends design concepts in both verbal and graphic communications
  • Capable of composing and extending design elements in presentation format
  • Familiarity with building and zoning codes and ability to compose design details into Construction Documents (preferred)

Candidate responsibilities include: 

  • Work under the collaborative direction of Project Architect, Project Manager, and Senior Designer to develop design concepts that respond to Firm and Client objectives
  • Development and preparation of Construction Documents for commercial / mixed-use, retail, multi-family residential, senior living & wellness projects along with related site planning
  • Selection of building material and color palette presentation boards
  • Prepare 3-D models of proposed designs utilizing presentation modeling and /or BIM software

To apply, email your resume and portfolio to SGPA Human Resources at JobsSF@sgpa.com. No phone calls, please.

Marketing Coordinator (San Diego)

Our San Diego office seeks a Marketing Coordinator who is seeking long-term career relationships with potential for advancement. This position will be to support the Marketing department, Principals, and Studio Leaders, with a passionate dedication to creating value and solutions for our clients. You will work in close collaboration with our San Diego Marketing Manager to ensure consistency and quality of the marketing effort. The ideal candidate will bring a strong level of insight and passion to project pursuits and be an integral member of the Marketing team. The Marketing Coordinator will provide marketing support to the firm and assure that the marketing resources are developed, up-to-date, and utilized to meet the firm’s objectives. 

Candidates should possess the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent communicator, organized, detail-oriented, collaborative, and problem-solver in a fast-paced environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or PR preferred.
  • 4+ years of related professional experience in the AEC industry preferred.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suites (specifically InDesign and Photoshop).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Graphic design skills or background.
  • Comfortable working with a team, in multitasking, and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and capable of overseeing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Social media and/or website development, a plus.

Candidate responsibilities include the following:

  • Maintain regular communication and coordination with Marketing Manager in San Diego.
  • Lead and assist in the creation and production of proposals, statements of interest, presentations, brochures, and additional marketing materials using Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, and other Microsoft Office and Adobe Programs.
  • Assist the Principals and Studio Leaders in preparation of quarterly reports.
  • Compose and edit letters, project descriptions, resumes, and other marketing materials.
  • Assist the Studio Leaders in seeking out and tracking upcoming projects for new business opportunities.
  • Assist in coordinating meetings and events.
  • Attend weekly internal marketing and business development meetings and assist with follow-ups.
  • Assist in content creation and implementation on website and social media platforms (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Blog).

To apply, email your resume to marketing@sgpa.com. No phone calls, please.

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