Design Lead


Graphite Studio


Amherst, MA

Graphite Studio is a design firm located in Amherst, Massachusetts, focused on high-performance residential design and deep energy retrofits. We’re seeking an experienced, self-managed Design Lead to work directly with the firm’s principal, independently lead projects, and mentor a team of up-and-coming designers.

Manage projects (typically 3-6) in collaboration with your design team, including project schedules and budgets.
Support other design leads and team members; coordinate capacity planning and project priorities; update drawing standards, checklists, material selection databases, and other templates and tools.
Mentor and learn from your design team, including weekly check-ins for project coordination and professional development.
Produce and oversee the production of drawing sets, diagrams, and presentations.
Run client and design team meetings throughout the design process.

Minimum 5 years experience in residential architectural design.
Understanding of and commitment to strategies for energy-efficient building.
Familiarity with building science for both new construction and renovation.
Passion for design, beauty, and quality.
Detailed knowledge of construction documentation and proficiency in producing technical drawings.
Experience working with clients, contractors, consultants, and project team members, including facilitating and documenting meetings.
Experience with and passion for mentoring team members.

Ability to work at the studio in Amherst, MA at least four days a week.
Experience in 3D CAD modeling. Fluency in Mac operating systems.
Fluency in written and spoken English. Authorized to work in the U.S.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Proficient computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheets.

Bonus Points
You already know ArchiCAD inside and out.
You have certifications related to sustainable design and/or building (Passive House Consultant, Sustainable Homes Professional, etc.)
You have familiarity with other design software such as Adobe InDesign.
You are a licensed architect or are on the path to licensure.
You bring perspectives via your professional and lived experiences that help our team to be wiser and more inclusive.

Work Environment
This is a full-time position. The majority of work will be conducted in the studio in Amherst, MA. Employees are expected to be in studio at least 4 days per week. There will be site visits within a 2-hour radius of our studio.

Graphite Studio offers a compensation range of $30 to $40/hr for this position, dependent upon experience.
Current benefits include:
16 paid days off
Compensation toward Health Care spending in the amount of the federal annual HSA maximum.
Employer match toward a 401k retirement plan
A firm commitment to professional development and continuing education. Attendance at conferences, trainings, and other learning opportunities will be consistently offered to foster your growth as a designer and leader.

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