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Project director
at Walker Warner Architects

Walker Warner Architects is looking for a project director to join its team in San Francisco, USA.

Walker Warner Architects is an award-winning San Francisco firm with a staff of 70 plus that has completed many residential, winery and hospitality projects in California, Hawaii and other Western states. Our work is tailored to the uniqueness and diversity of each client and place, maintaining a consistent focus on design excellence, thorough project management and superior service. We believe in collaboration, continuous learning and sharing, and actively support candidates on the path to become licensed architects. Our office is friendly and spirited, with regular happy hours, field trips and design-focused presentations. We are conveniently located in SoMa within walking distance of all major transit systems.

For more information about our projects and firm, please visit us on Instagram and LinkedIn.

This position is based out of the San Francisco office and open to a hybrid schedule once onboarding and orientation is complete.

Role overview

The project director role is critical in helping us continue to deliver exceptional results and help lead and develop our staff. This role reports directly to the principal-in-charge and provides proactive direction, oversight and project management on a single large project of 100,000 square feet or more and/or across multiple smaller projects running concurrently.

Primary responsibilities:

  • ensure consistent project design and delivery quality and approach across a large project team structure
  • track and respond to key project performance and health metrics, risks and issues including: fees, schedule, budget team, client, consultants, general contractor design, deliverables, agency
  • anticipate and recognise risks, gather information, and propose and execute on solutions to help resolve issues that require immediate attention
  • interface with clients, owner’s representatives and other key stakeholders on behalf of the principal-in-charge
  • provide direction and oversight to project managers on team structure, short and long-term staffing assignments and to help organise workflow
  • ensure principal-in-charge and architectural and business operations leaders are proactively informed of project status
  • ensure project managers and junior staff members are engaged and developing professionally; mentor and motivate teams and individuals to achieve excellence on every project
  • balance the development of any firm-wide quality standards overall and specifically for large scale, complex projects with ongoing and day-to-day architectural responsibilities


  • accredited degree in architecture
  • California state architect’s license strongly preferred
  • 15 or more years of professional experience, including the design and management of large-scale, complex projects of 100,000-plus square feet which include multiple buildings and multi-use space; hospitality and corporate campus experience strongly preferred
  • exceptional design sensibilities and ability to effectively develop and communicate concepts and ideas via hand sketching or other graphic means
  • demonstrated experience in detailing and coordination of construction documents and specifications, shop drawing and mock-up review, and site observation of custom architectural building systems
  • knowledge and experience with sustainability and integrated design is preferred
  • demonstrated ability to effectively oversee and direct the work of multiple project teams
  • demonstrated ability to communicate carefully, effectively and professionally in all written and verbal communications
  • understanding of 3D modelling/BIM workflow (demonstrated proficiency preferred but not required)
  • possesses high degree of attention to detail to produce accurate, succinct and complete work

Compensation and benefits

Walker Warner Architects offers a competitive compensation package including fully paid health benefits for employees, profit sharing, employer 401(k) contribution, generous paid time-off and flexible spending accounts plus so much more.

The hiring base annual salary range for this position is $150,000 to $210,000 for the 2024 calendar year. Any final offer of compensation will be determined by a candidate’s education, skills and experience as assessed during the interview process.

How to apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and portfolio samples, with indication of your role on the projects submitted. We will acknowledge receipt of your information but only candidates being considered for a position will be contacted directly.

Apply at this link on our careers page

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We value diversity and know that diverse workplaces lead to a culture of innovation and more successful business outcomes. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

COVID-19 vaccination requirement

We currently require all employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and provide reasonable accommodations consistent with legal requirements (eg. for medical and religious reasons.)

Physical requirements

This role requires prolonged periods of sitting at a desk, working on a computer. Additionally, this role requires the ability to lift 15 pounds at times.

Salary: $150,000 - $210,000
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