Architectural Designer

  • Full Time
  • Seattle, WA
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Jun 29, 2019

Hiring: Architectural Designer

NODE is a startup company working on disrupting home construction, the most inefficient major US industry. With NODE, we can build faster, more sustainably for more people. We’re using technology and every available tool to meet that end.  Our key technology is in our prefab system. It allows us to deliver zero emission homes faster and cheaper and is the foundation technology that will let us address the labor shortage and make our homes a platform for future tech.

We are seeking an awesome Architectural Designer with a minimum of 2-4 years experience. Someone who has the ability to work in a collaborative team environment and wants to create change!

Our ideal team member will have:

  • Passion for finding better solutions and ways of doing things
  • Creativity and flexibility in solving problems
  • Desire to make beautiful, healthy homes accessible to all
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Desire to be a team member, to lead, follow and listen

Architectural Designer | Job Description

Works under the direct supervision of an Architect, Lead Designer, or COO of NODE with the intent of eventually moving into that position with more experience. The work is very collaborative in nature:

Utilizing a blend of creative and problem-solving skills, combined with an in-depth knowledge of market trends and expectations, confidently manage a design team, and contribute to all stages of the design process from concept to construction.

Engage in a collaborative approach to project delivery, maintaining standards, schedule, and customer relations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Generally, the duties and responsibilities for the Architectural Designer will look like the following:

  • Collaborate on Design Projects – 15 hours/week

The Architectural Designer is an integral part of the design process from concept through construction. They will collaborate within a team of Lead Designers or Architects for overall completion of design and related tasks for all assigned projects.

This includes: programming, developing furniture block plans, space plans, standard plans, and permit plans (for multi-jurisdictions); developing project ideas, completing design drawings in CAD, Adobe Creative Suite, 3d modeling, and rendering software; assisting in reviewing project proposals.

  • Coordinate Project Details – 15 hours/week

This includes, but is not limited to: preparing and submitting permits (various jurisdictions), building specifications, dimensions, outlining project schedules and tasks, and initial project research; developing finish palettes, final specifications, product inventory, specification verification, ancillary product research, etc.

  • Communication and Coordination – 10 hours/week

Responsible for communicating with design team and clients to review any required design modifications, and to produce revised drawings and/or specifications based on those modifications; responds to design or technical questions and sends project updates.

  • Other Duties may include:

Code research (eg plumbing, mechanical, etc)
Specification research and organization
Water/Sewer Permit Work & Utility Coordination
Interior Elevation
Incorporation of Passive House, Green Building, and Living Building challenge design elements
Indesign graphic work for small in house projects

Core skills

Bachelor’s degree in architecture.
Proficiency in CAD and other 3D modeling and Rendering software.
Experience producing construction documents.
Experience with permitting process and Code research.
Internship experience with an Architecture firm.
Experience with Microsoft Office.

Advanced skills (preferred)

Master’s Degree in Design program.
Familiarity with space planning methodology.
One to Four years of professional experience with an architecture firm.
Experience in prototype making, wood working techniques, 3D printing, and CNC machines.
Working knowledge of the application of color, materials and aesthetic form.
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite.
Sketching and rendering skills: hand and digital techniques.
Heat Load calculation
Passive House & Green Building standards and work.


We think of ourselves as a team working together to achieve our mission. We compete with the status quo – not with each other. We want everyone to feel that they are a key part of NODE, and it’s true, no one is doing this alone. Great things come from collaboration. A big part of this is company culture.

A few of our cultural beliefs are:

Everyone directly contributes to the success of NODE and will see the benefits (equitable ownership structure potential)
We will each fail and it matters what we do after our failure that counts,
Learning is more important than being right,
Feelings are okay in the workplace,
Speaking candidly and consciously listening to each other,
Taking 100% responsibility
Commitment to curiosity
Honoring agreements,
Appreciating each other, and
Realizing your own full potential and those of each other

Hint: If some of these look familiar, maybe you have read “15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership” like we have!

NODE is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and samples of architecture work.

NODE Eco Inc

Seattle, WA