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David Baker Architects (DBA) is a progressive architecture firm that creates acclaimed buildings in urban environments. DBA is known for exceptional housing, creative site strategies, designing for density, and integrating new construction into the public realm. We have a passion for and deep understanding of the power of humane and respectful environments to transform neighborhoods and elevate the lives of individuals and families. We design thoughtful places that allow communities to thrive and that serve as a multiplier of good—that enable or support further engagement, connection, or community benefit.

The firm is a JUST Label organization and a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment, with strong values in advancing social equity and sustainability in architecture. DBA has offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and Birmingham, Alabama.


Construction Administrator  (10+ years experience)

We are seeking a talented and engaged licensed architect to join us in the San Francisco Bay Area. This position offers a great opportunity to bring multiple projects to fruition and to work with highly engaged colleagues committed to being a “multiplier of good”—doing work that creates a ripple outward of positive effects. Experience in multifamily housing design and sustainable design is a plus.




  • 10 years professional experience
  • Bachelor degree in architecture
  • Licensed Architect (California preferred)
  • Construction Administration experience
  • Revit experience
  • Strong professional reference


  • LEED AP or GA
  • Multifamily residential experience
  • Wood framing, metal framing, and concrete structure experience
  • California Building Code experience
  • Writing AMMRs to AHJ
  • Navisworks/BIM coordination experience


  • SF MOD experience
  • Modular building experience
  • Heavy Timber experience
  • Previous work in Bay Area jurisdictions


Construction Projects

  • Participate in Owner/Architect/Contractor weekly meetings
  • Perform site visits and produce field observation reports
  • Manage communication and revisions as part of the CA process
  • Negotiate code interpretations with authorities having jurisdiction, as needed
  • Advocate throughout for great design/preservation of building design intent

Staff Support

  • Serve as technical resource for project teams
  • Perform technical review of drawing sets
  • Provide consistent clear feedback to staff to continually improve QA/QC for the firm

Site visits to projects will average once a week (days of the week and number of projects will vary).This is a full-time position based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the moment, the majority of our employees are working part time in-person and part-time remotely. The ability to join teams at the office or on site periodically is strongly preferred. We plan to support a hybrid in-person/remote model indefinitely.

Salary commensurate with experience.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package including: 10 paid holidays as well as 15 days of PTO; 100% paid individual medical coverage; a 401(k) program; a profit-sharing plan; continuing education/tuition reimbursement; parental leave; and an annual firm retreat.

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Please send a digital submission following these instructions:

Subject line: "DBA Urban Lead 2022"

Address: careers@dbarchitect.com

Attention: Bryant Rice

Attachment: Please combine the following documents into a single PDF with a maximum size of 3 MB (one file), formatted to print on 8.5 x 11 paper (landscape or portrait).

File name: LastName_FirstName_DBAUrban_Date.pdf

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Work samples



Urban Studio Lead

DBA's Urban Design Studio provides a unique opportunity to work at both the urban and architectural scale. The Urban Studio Lead is a strategic leader, with ownership for the development and growth of DBA_Urban. This includes leading projects through all stages, developing new and existing clients, preparing and presenting proposal for projects, and mentoring junior team members. The incumbent will have a background in both architecture and urban design, be well-versed in housing rules of thumb, and be comfortable leading projects as the primary client point of contace. This role will develop strategies for our urban-scale work, and work may extend to the architectural scale that arises from our urban design and planning work. DBA doesn't just plan neighborhoods—we often design the buildings within them. 



  • Act as project manager and main point of contact for all urban design projects, managing projects from inception through conclusion
  • Lead complex negotiations with clients, contractors and community groups, and deliver proposal presentations at formal design reviews
  • Conduct site and neighborhood analysis, test fits, and vision planning
  • Facilitate project kickoff, and manage timelines throughout all phases of the project
  • Plan and lead community meetings
  • Sketch initial site plan with Principal input for all projects
  • Coordinate with urban designer throughout the production process
  • Evaluate all prospective urban design projects for feasibility
  • Conduct zoning analysis and execute land use and urban design evaluation to identify development project opportunities
  • Ensure adherence to relevant local, regional, state, and/or federal regulations, as well as DBA design requirements
  • Prepare planning studies and varied technical information
  • Prepare design guidelines for open space, building form, project review and site planning.
  • Prepare site layouts as well as land subdivision plans for industrial, residential, tourist, and mixed use developments.
  • Perform site plus context evaluation and identify opportunities along with constraints to maximize good urban design potential.
  • Mentor and coach team members on urban planning concepts, standards, and design
  • Share and speak on behalf of DBA and/or clients at public meetings or conferences
  • Develop and present plans to partners, decision makers, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Drive business development opportunities



  • 8 years of professional experience in Architecture and/or Urban Design
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Urban Design, or Architecture
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in urban design planning, including a track record of shaping, directing and delivering large scale projects
  • Experience leading a multi-faceted team, including mentoring and coaching junior team members as needed
  • Multifamily Housing experience, especially with affordable housing communities
  • Skilled in business development
  • Strong design skills and graphic sensibility
  • Effectiveness in visual communication, including both internal and external communication
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills, and comfortable with representing the public face of DBA_Urban
  • Ability to work autonomously and drive projects to completion
  • Revit Experience
  • Zoning analysis experience
  • Actively involved in ULI, AIA and APA, and maintains current knowledge of trends, laws, and regulations in the industry


  • Masters degree in Urban Design
  • Project tracking and fee proposal experience
  • Hand-sketching skills
  • Previous work in Bay Area jurisdictions
  • Strong Adobe Suite skills
  • LEED AP or GA
  • Business development experience in a relevant industry/area

Benefits include 

  • Individual health insurance
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 15 days paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Continuing education/Tuition reimbursement
  • 401(k)
  • Profit sharing