Careers

Your passion is our profession. Join the team.

Now is the time to jump-start your career with Darden Architects. We look for innovative, professional people with the core values of passion and integrity. Darden Architects hires motivated and talented individuals who are ready to take their abilities to the next level. If you are ready to become part of this team that excels in architecture, planning and interiors, Darden Architects wants to talk to you.

Open Positions

Construction Administrator

Darden Architects is seeking an experienced individual to join our staff and provide Construction Administration services.

Job activities include:

  • Visiting the construction site during construction, to maintain familiarity with the progress and quality of the work, and to determine, if the work observed is being performed accordance with the Contract Documents.
  • Review and process Submittals, Shop Drawings, Change Order Requests and respond to Requests for Information.
  • Maintain a record of all correspondence and all changes in the Work.
  • Assist in authority having jurisdiction review and approval when required and manage project certification and closeout.
  • Construction Administrator shall work with the Design Team to interpret and decide matters concerning performance under, and requirements of, the Contract Documents.
  • Construction Administrator shall work with the Project Architect to render initial decisions on all construction related issues or claims.
  • Review and certify the payment amounts due the Contractor and issue certificates in such amounts to the Owner.
  • Conduct final review and observations to determine the date of Substantial Completion.

Desired skills and experience:

  • 3+ years construction experience required.
  • Ability to read and understand construction documents, plans, and specifications required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • DSA or OSHPD experience preferred
  • California Architectural license preferred.
  • Experience with the building information modeling (BIM) software REVIT is a plus.
  • Proficient in the use of Bluebeam software preferred.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software (Word/Excel/Access) is preferred.
  • Capable of conducting ‘document reviews’ for the purposes of coordinating the drawings and specifications before they go out to bid, and for constructability.
  • The ability to review and analyze construction schedules
  • Applicant must work well as part of a group and embrace opportunities to learn.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range $60,000 – $110,000 dependent upon experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off

Full-time position located in Fresno, California.

Firm Description:

Darden Architects has provided comprehensive Architectural, Planning and Interior Design services throughout California since 1959. We are committed to serving our client’s needs through open collaboration and engaging design. With every project, Darden Architects is passionately devoted to a high standard of design. This means well-crafted detailing, specification of superior building materials, and responsiveness to our clients’ needs. It is our goal to produce an attractive design that will best facilitate the client’s most efficient and cost-effective use of the facility. The firm atmosphere is one of continuing professional development and ongoing effort to stay current within our constantly changing industry. Additionally, Darden Architects recognizes its role to support the profession and give back through good works in the community.

Darden Architects is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internship. Darden Architects makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

 

Architect

Darden Architects is seeking a talented and highly motivated Architect to join our team.
 
Job activities include:

  • Interface with clients.
  • Project planning, program development and schematic design (Client goals and objectives, budget, schedule, scope development)
  • Prepare building information models and construction documents using REVIT.
  • Coordinating consulting engineers’ work.
  • Work with various authorities having jurisdiction to secure plan approval.
  • Meet with owner and contractor during construction to evaluate progress and work to solve any issues that may come up.

 

Desired skills and experience:

  • 5+ years post-graduate experience in an established Architectural firm
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited Architecture program preferred.
  • Architectural license required.
  • DSA or OSHPD experience preferred.
  • Proficient in the use of building information modeling (BIM) software. REVIT is preferred.
  • Applicant must work well as part of a team or multiple teams and embrace opportunities to advance their knowledge in the industry of architecture and construction.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range $62,400 – $93,600 dependent upon experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off

 

Darden Architects is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internship. Darden Architects makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Intermediate Architectural Designer

Darden Architects is seeking a talented Emerging Professional to join our team.
 
Job activities include:
Work under the direction of a Sr. Architect or Partner:

  • Participate during all phases of project delivery.
  • Help prepare designs and assist in the presentation of materials
  • Interface with clients, local and state agencies, engineers and specialty consultants
  • Participate in the coordination and document preparation at all phases of the project mainly using REVIT, Bluebeam, Adobe Creative Suite and Sketchup.

Assignments may include higher-level work for training/ development purposes.
 

Desired skills and experience:

  • 2-8 Years post-graduate experience in an established Architectural firm
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited Architecture program preferred.
  • DSA or OSHPD experience preferred.
  • Proficient in the use of building information modeling (BIM) software. REVIT is preferred.
  • Applicant must work well as part of a team or multiple teams and embrace opportunities to learn.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range $52,000 – $72,800 dependent upon experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off

 

Darden Architects is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internship. Darden Architects makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Insights

Why should IDP awards matter to motivated design professionals?

Since 1991, the IDP Outstanding Firm Awards program, administered by the NCARB/AIA Internship Advisory Committee (IAC), has recognized firms who actively embrace the Intern Development Program (IDP) and demonstrate a commitment to emerging professionals by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture. In 2008, the program expanded to recognize “IDP Firms” that meet twelve essential criteria in the categories of Mentoring, Supervising, Training Opportunities, Commitment to IDP, and ARE Support. Darden Architects was recently awarded the 2014-2017 Intern Development Program Firm Award. Darden Architects was one of only 16 firms nationwide that received the award, the only firm in California’s Central Valley, and one of just three firms in California. Our firm knows that industry standards change with time and is committed to providing an environment that fosters professional growth and continual learning for our staff. Weekly lunch presentations, nearly all of them AIA Continuing Education Unit approved, are selected to build the emerging professional’s knowledge of the latest products, technology and standards. This creates a uniform body of knowledge among the employees to produce well-coordinated drawings, and a forum in which to discuss master specification and construction document issues. Darden Architects supports continued professional development even after licensure. Through our collaborative processes and informative presentations we encourage staff to be always learning.

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