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at SO – IL

SO – IL is seeking an associate to join its team in New York.

SO – IL is an internationally recognized architecture and design firm based in New York. We are seeking motivated designers with at least four to six years’ of experience. The ideal candidate will have experience working in the capacity of project manager for internal teams, as well as leading the coordination with external consultants.

You will be working as a project leader and be expected to create new ideas both in collaboration and independently within an international design-driven studio. Associates are considered part of the core staff team and our hope is to develop a long term relationship. This requires lasting commitment from both sides to grow together as part of our team.

Associate position description:

  • lead the production and development of all necessary documents, drawings, models, images, schemes etc related to the design and building process
  • lead project teams, acting as the primary point-person for daily oversight of design and technical development of one or more projects concurrently
  • develop architectural studies
  • prepare and present design proposals to clients and vendors
  • liaise with consultants, vendors, etc. to assess design solutions and guarantee integrity of the final design
  • act in a professional and responsible manner as a representative of our firm with clients, consultants and staff
  • be collaborative and supportive to peers and interns
  • act as point-person for schedule and budget management on a project.


  • four to six plus years’ of experience in a leading architectural design office
  • proven ability to act as project leader from conception to completion
  • maintain the ability to work flexibly in a demanding environment
  • strong communication skills, with regard to client correspondence, presentations, meeting organization and preparation
  • demonstrated proficiency in leading a consultant team
  • physical modeling skills required, including digital fabrication, wood, metal and foam
  • ability to work and plan both independently and seamlessly within a collaborative design team
  • proficiency required in: Rhino, Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite
  • proficiency preferred: Grasshopper, Revit, V-Ray
  • construction administration experience is a plus
  • demonstrated experience with junior team development is also a plus
  • ability to manage and deliver projects in the schematic design, design development, and construction document phases
  • competition project management experience a plus
  • professional degree in architecture

To apply

To be considered for the position please include the following documents:

  • CV/resume
  • portfolio
  • three professional references

In the body of the email please answer (no more than 150 words each):

  • why are you the right fit for SO – IL? Be specific
  • give an example of when you’ve had to manage a project or process, describe your biggest challenge and how you overcame it
  • describe your most difficult client experience and how you were able to manage expectations and maintain a positive working relationship
  • what is your potential start date?
  • whether you will now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at SO – IL
  • if you are licensed please indicate where
  • if an international applicant, what is your visa status

Submit via the apply for job button below quoting ‘your name_associate’.

Unfortunately due to the volume of applications we are not able to reach out to every inquiry. We will follow-up with qualified candidates via email to schedule interviews. Please no phone calls or unscheduled office visits.

Equal employment opportunity statement

We maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sexuality, gender, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. SO – IL is dedicated to the fulfilment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment.

Salary: Undisclosed
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