Architect – Design Lead

Website Able City | Architecture. Urbanism. City Making

Well-designed cities are a catalyst for successful societies.

Able City imagines cities to be sustainable, equitable, bikeable, and accessible so that its citizens are healthier, empowered, and more connected. Our mission-driven team integrates architecture, planning, economic development, and community engagement to create the building blocks and provide momentum to enable communities to thrive. To that end, we advocate in the community, and thus are familiar with the values and concerns of our fellow citizens. We plan communities and design structures that align with these values.

We are committed to the equitable evolution of cities by engaging residents, clients and community leaders to help them define what is needed to improve their quality of life and develop beautiful and effective design and planning solutions that respond to those needs. Our company’s shared value proposition is that our competitive advantage and financial success is tied to our ability to create positive social and economic impacts in the communities where we work.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate designer to join our team and take a leadership role in the design projects that support “able cities” such as learning environments, civic spaces, historic buildings, sacred places, public transit facilities, and a variety of commercial and industrial facilities. We have a creative office culture centered around a commitment to learning from one another and providing mentorship, training, and professional development to all of our staff.

The position will challenge you to:

  • Lead a team of architectural and urban designers to develop design concepts, schematic design, plans and renderings that convey the design solutions to the principals and client.
  • Keep design consistent with budget
  • Coordinate and attend design reviews with clients, project managers, and municipal agencies.
  • Develop and coordinate architectural plans, elevations, and building sections.
  • Provide design direction on details for the production team.
  • Collaborate with the team of consultants to prepare the project’s systems prior to its transition to the production team.


  • Strong design aesthetic
  • Knowledge and understanding of classical proportions and human-scaled architecture
  • Practice responding to and enhancing the urban environment
  • 10+ years of experience as an Architect or Architectural Designer
  • BArch or Master’s degree in Architecture
  • CNUA preferred
  • Licensed as a registered architect highly preferred.
  • Excellent BIM skills
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and other post process and presentation graphic software
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and technical, yet experienced enough to see the big picture
  • Experienced, self-directed professional
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter with solid writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy of work
  • Ability to meet quality, schedule, and budget expectations
  • Desire to be mentored by senior staff and provide mentorship to less experienced staff
  • Ability to be flexible and able to adapt to rapidly changing project requirements and deadlines
  • Ability to apply passion and enthusiasm for design in a collaborative and progressive team-oriented work environment.

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