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Job Information

AECOM Architecture Studio Lead in Oakland, California

United States of America - California, San Francisco

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a high-caliber, dynamic senior architect to serve as Architecture Studio Lead, in our San Francisco architecture studio. The successful candidate will be a part of AECOM’s Building + Places Leadership team in San Francisco helping to win, design and lead teams of architects on projects across a diverse set of market sectors including Education, Corporate, Healthcare, Civic/Cultural, Federal, Transportation, and Water.


At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustainingdisaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy, and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:

  • Named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the sixth consecutive year

  • Ranked #1 in Engineering News-Record ’s 2020 “Top 200 Environmental Firms”

  • Ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record ’s 2020 “Top 500 Design Firms”

  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer

About Buildings + Places

AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice includes architecture, interiors, building engineering, workplace strategy, business transformation, asset advisory, economics and development planning, master planning, urban planning, and landscape architecture in a dynamic, interactive, and creative work environment.

With a range of expertise from strategy and design through project realization, we create better outcomes to grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable and connect and engage people through innovative, sustainable design solutions.

Our teams have worked on signature projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Park and Legacy Framework, to the new plan for the LA2028 Olympics, to industrial facilities for GE and Rolls-Royce, to headquarters and workplaces for NASA, Unilever, Sony Music, DirecTV, Box, Inc. and many Fortune 500 companies.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The San Francisco B+P practice is a fully integrated team spanning architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, Urban Design & Planning, workplace strategy and all engineering disciplines. Successful candidates will demonstrate a bias for promoting a culture of design excellence, provide leadership-by-example through project work, provide knowledge sharing through pin-ups, charrettes, and publication of ongoing design work through intranet, and host multi-office video design presentations.

The Architecture Studio Lead’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Working directly with the Managing Principal and Operations Director.

  • Providing a design-driven technical and management leadership approach to the architecture team

  • Supervising, recruiting, and promoting staff and intentionally embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all stages of employee success.

  • Building strong relationships and interactions with clients, teaming partners, and stakeholders

  • Collaborating with the other AECOM architecture practices around the Americas and sometimes globally.

  • Overseeing and leading multiple projects through all phases of design, and actively lead the design process for each of these clients and opportunities

  • Working with Project Managers to define scope from initial project information and overseeing preparation of associated fee proposals, schedules, work plans and additional service requests as required

  • Provide guidance and direction to ensure presentations and deliverables meet a high standard of graphic quality that exceed client expectations and advance the reputation of the firm

  • Fostering a design culture in the studio and establishing, and encouraging, a collaborative environment for all project teams

  • Participating in the annual performance review of employees, further developing staff skills and growth through open dialogue

  • Actively participating in strengthening of AECOM brand in the greater Bay Area region

  • Providing mentorship, coaching, and motivating project teams and individuals

  • Becoming actively involved in organizations at the leadership level

  • Promoting a fun and collaborative work culture

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS in Architecture + ten (10) years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered Architect

  • M Arch. Degree

  • 12+ years of relevant experience

  • Experience as a practicing architect responsible for the delivery of diverse, complex programmatic projects

  • Self-motivated with proven leadership skills and have managed teams of 8+ Must be detail oriented, thorough, well-organized, and effectively manage time

  • Proven record of maintaining client relationships

  • Team player with excellent listening skills and diplomacy; willingness to work with multiple different colleagues on a variety of initiatives

  • Outstanding oral communication and presentation skills

  • Strong organizational skills – ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Consultative, service-oriented mindset and collaborative problem-solving skills

  • Proactive and goal-oriented, with the ability to work independently and manage change effectively

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 251501BR

Additional Locations US - Oakland, CA - 300 Lakeside Drive

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.