March 6 2019

Herman Coliver Locus Architecture has an immediate job opening for someone with 5-7 years of architectural experience

HCLA is a team of 14 design professionals with extensive experience in community –based cultural and sacred spaces as well as supportive, affordable housing, specifically emphasizing families, seniors and those suffering from homelessness.  We are most distinguished as a civic-minded, community oriented, award-winning practice.  We work hard and both enjoy and respect one another a lot. Our studio in SOMA is near MUNI, BART and Caltrain. This position is permanent and full-time  

We’re actively working on the following projects at the moment:

  • ·         A mixed-use development for a Buddhist Church in Chinatown – in Design Development

  • ·         A large, new from the ground-up synagogue campus - in Design Development

  • ·         The first supportive, modular homeless housing to be built in SF–260 apts in Construction Documents

  • ·         The first new affordable housing development to be built in the Mission District in 10 years -in Construction

  • ·         80 apts for low-income families in Fremont – in Construction

  • ·         The renovation of a sanctuary in Los Angeles – in Construction

You would be working on one or both of the first two listed projects 

What we expect of you:

·         a passion for everything architecture / design / planning / urban design

·         an interest in making the world a little bit better for people less privileged than we

·         a dedication to issues of environmental sustainability & resource efficiency

·         strong, recently honed Revit, AutoCad, and Sketch Up skills (Photoshop, In Design a plus)

·         comfort with code analysis, as well as Title 24 and ADA regulations

·         knowledge of detailing and how to compose a set of CDs

·         experience with Type I and/or Type V construction

·         an architectural degree from an accredited architecture school

·         a thorough written and spoken command of the English language,

·         a place to live in the San Francisco Bay Area

·         a collaborative nature


What you can expect of us:

·         opportunities for design input

·         the chance to engage with clients, consultants, contractors

·         mentorship from more senior design and management staff

·         a competitive salary based on level of experience, as well as full benefits.

·         a sustainable work / life balance

·         a non-hierarchical, egalitarian work environment

·         a casual, yet rigorous studio culture


Our mission-driven work carries the signature of our clients' needs as tempered by the opportunities and constraints provided by the scale and character of the neighborhood within which the project is to be built. We try to give shape to the expressed dreams and aspirations of the people who are expected to live or work within the places designed.  Our greatest and most rewarding challenge is to generate a solution that is the embodiment of a conceptual idea, specifically appropriate to the building, its site and its users. In this way, the result provides emotional and intellectual sustenance, as well as shelter.