Principal Architect - Public Projects

Leadership opportunity with local agency seeking design-focused Principal Architect to lead their internal architecture division.
  • Salary: US $135,000-195,000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Sector: Architecture
  • Job Ref: 46494

About this role

This is an unusual, high-level leadership opportunity at a stable local agency in the Los Angeles area. The Principal Architect leads the architecture division of this local agency in the planning, design and construction of a range of public facilities, including new public buildings, parks and open spaces, historic renovations, streetscapes, mechanical and electrical projects, seismic building upgrades, tenant improvements, master plans, and more. 

Key responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and management of the internal Architecture Division
  • Manage internal portfolio of public projects and the architecture team
  • Manage external consultants and negotiate their contracts and fees
  • Mentor internal team of junior designers
  • Project planning, management, and oversight
  • Project estimating and budgeting
  • Work closely with elected officials and the public to communicate architectural design ideas

Skills and experience

  • Must be currently licensed by the State of California
  • Minimum of four years of professional experience as a licensed Architect working on large-scale, complex design projects in a supervisory role. These building types include: commercial, public, institutional, industrial and recreational. 
  • Ability to apply knowledge of architectural design to evaluate designs
  • Experience in sustainable design is desirable
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinon and other 3D software
  • Familiarity with City and State building laws, ordinances and codes


  • Pension plan
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • Flexible health benefits, including medical, dental, and vision
  • Family and domestic partner leave

Qualified non-local candidates will be considered for a relocation and temporary housing allowance.

Talk to Lily about this position

Bio: Lily joined Bespoke Careers in July 2018 as a consultant on the architecture team after working in the landscape architecture profession for five years. She worked in a range of landscape firms, including Melendrez (now RELM), Pamela Burton & Co., and Christine London Ltd. Lily studied Art:Semiotics at Brown University in Rhode Island, and then moved back to Southern California to get her Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). She is also the Mentoring Director of the Association for Women in Architecture + Design (AWA+D) in Los Angeles.

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