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.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and a web link to your portfolio (less than 10MB total) in PDF format to SGPA Human Resources at JobsSF@sgpa.com (for San Francisco office) or JobsSD@sgpa.com (for San Diego office). No phone calls, please.

Current Open Positions

Multi-Family Project Manager (San Francisco)

SGPA Architecture and Planning is a leading architectural design firm with offices in San Diego and San Francisco. Over four decades, we’ve become specialists in projects that feature or blend retail, education, multi-family residential, and wellness & senior living. As a mid-sized firm, we’re small enough to offer individual guidance and access to principals’ expertise, yet large enough to engage in high-profile retail and institutional projects. SGPA’s projects have repeatedly received national recognition and awards for design excellence. Our greatest honors come from clients who continue to return with new assignments.

Our San Francisco office seeks a Project Manager who is seeking long-term career relationships with potential for advancement and has experience in multi-family housing and senior living.

Skills & Experience:

  • Site planning illustration
  • Proficiency with SketchUp, Photoshop, Revit, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and Outlook, and familiarity with other industry software applications are desirable
  • Basic understanding of materials and methods of construction
  • Excellent graphic and design capabilities exhibited through resume and portfolio example projects
  • Comprehends design concepts in both verbal and graphic communications
  • Capable of composing and extending design elements in presentation format
  • Additional desirable skills: familiarity with building and zoning codes and ability to compose design details into Construction Documents
  • Extensive experience with Senior Living projects, including new construction and occupied rehabilitation.
  • Extensive experience with Multi-Family Residential projects, including affordable and market rate.
  • Experience in zoning and building codes, including OSHPD, CBC, and NFPA

Responsibilities:

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

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 unique office schedule of 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday allows you to enjoy longer weekends, as the office closes at 11:30am every Friday. SGPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Retail Project Manager (San Francisco)

SGPA Architecture and Planning is a leading architectural design firm with offices in San Diego and San Francisco. Over four decades, we’ve become specialists in projects that feature or blend retail, education, multi-family residential, and wellness & senior living. As a mid-sized firm, we’re small enough to offer individual guidance and access to principals’ expertise, yet large enough to engage in high-profile retail and institutional projects. SGPA’s projects have repeatedly received national recognition and awards for design excellence. Our greatest honors come from clients who continue to return with new assignments.

Our San Francisco office seeks a Project Manager who is seeking long-term career relationships with potential for advancement and has a wealth of experience in retail projects.

Skills & Experience:

  • Site planning illustration
  • Proficiency with SketchUp, Photoshop, Revit, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and Outlook, and familiarity with other industry software applications are desirable
  • Basic understanding of materials and methods of construction
  • Excellent graphic and design capabilities exhibited through resume and portfolio example projects
  • Comprehends design concepts in both verbal and graphic communications
  • Capable of composing and extending design elements in presentation format
  • Additional desirable skills: familiarity with building and zoning codes and ability to compose design details into Construction Documents
  • Extensive experience with Senior Living projects, including new construction and occupied rehabilitation.
  • Extensive experience with Multi-Family Residential projects, including affordable and market rate.
  • Experience in zoning and building codes, including OSHPD, CBC, and NFPA

Responsibilities:

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

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 unique office schedule of 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday allows you to enjoy longer weekends, as the office closes at 11:30am every Friday. SGPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Captain (San Francisco)

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 retail, residential, 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.

Our San Francisco office seeks an experienced Junior Designer / Job Captain with 3 to 7 years’ experience, possess a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or an equivalent related Design degree, and be on track for licensure as an Architect in the State of California.

Candidates should possess the following skills: 

  • Experience with any combination of the following: commercial/mixed use, retail, multi-family residential, high-end custom residential, senior living and wellness projects
  • Site planning illustration
  • Proficiency with SketchUp, Photoshop, Revit, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and Outlook, and familiarity with other industry software applications are desirable
  • Basic understanding of materials and methods of construction
  • Excellent graphic and design capabilities exhibited through resume and portfolio example projects
  • Comprehends design concepts in both verbal and graphic communications
  • Capable of composing and extending design elements in presentation format
  • Additional desirable skills: familiarity with building and zoning codes and ability to compose design details into Construction Documents

 Candidate responsibilities include:

  • Work under the collaborative direction of the following individuals: Director of Design, Senior Designer(s) and Project Architect(s) / Project Manager(s) to develop design concepts that respond to Firm and Client objectives
  • Development and preparation of conceptual design sketches and exhibits for commercial/mixed-use, retail, multi-family residential, senior living and wellness projects along with related site planning illustrations
  • Selection of building material and color palette presentation boards
  • Prepare 3-D models of proposed designs utilizing presentation modeling and/or BIM software
  • Assist with the development and production of Construction Documents as necessary based on project workload

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 unique office schedule of 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday allows you to enjoy longer weekends, as the office closes at 11:30am every Friday. SGPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Designer (San Francisco)

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 retail, residential, 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.

We are currently seeking motivated Designers with 3-5 years of experience and excellent computer and graphic design skills to join our architecture design team in San Francisco.

Candidates should possess the following skills: 

  • Bachelor degree in Architecture or equivalent design degree
  • Interest in sustainability, planning, and the built environment
  • Excellent organizational capabilities
  • Professional communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to work well in a deadline intensive environment
  • Excellent design and graphic skills
  • Ability to take direction and learn quickly
  • Experience in Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop and InDesign), and / or MS Office is a plus
  • SketchUp experience is a must
  • Past internship experience at an Architecture Firm is a plus

 Candidate responsibilities include:

  • Development of 3D Renderings
  • Design exhibits
  • Presentation preparation and organization
  • Development and coordination of Site Planning and Colored Elevations
  • Assisting senior staff in color and materials board preparations
  • Maintaining and updating the materials library
  • Maintaining graphic and branding standards in design content
  • 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
  • Prepare 3D models of proposed designs utilizing presentation modeling and/or BIM software

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 unique office schedule of 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday allows you to enjoy longer weekends, as the office closes at 11:30am every Friday. SGPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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