ALTO / JOBS


Employment Opportunities
We are an equal opportunity employer.

Current Positions
We are currently hiring for two positions and open for internships and externships. 

Work Environment and Office Practices 
We are architects working on a variety of unique and complex projects. We are hands-on principals who draft, draw, model, render, and sometimes go to school reviews. Most important is that we are intricately familiar with all stages of design and construction. While we don’t actively teach anymore we have both taught and believe that the practice of architecture is an educational environment. We believe that work should be more than just work, that we should take the time to learn new things, experiment and enjoy the process.

We are an office for those wanting to learn all aspects of practice, immersing themselves within the inner workings of an architectural practice that is both critical and practical while pursuing technical excellence. Where possible we strive to be both the design and record architect believing that continuity from design through construction enables the production of spectacular buildings.  Our hope is that everyone who works with us will be prepared for individual practice within 3-4 years. As such we take our roles as mentors seriously and provide support for those pursuing licensure. 


If these ideas and goals interest you – even if you disagree with them – we’d be happy to meet you and discuss how you could become an integral part of our office.

Workplace Location
We have offices in both Oakland and San Francisco and the choice of workplace is flexible, for the foreseeable future working mostly from home is also possible.


Applications
Please email us at jobs@alto-office.com with “employment” or “job” in the subject and identify the position you’re interested. Include a resume/cv, portfolio of your own work in addition to work-samples in pdf format. It is important to demonstrate your past experience with working drawings. We understand there are limitations in sharing full technical drawings and construction sets.

We will consider all applicants even those who do not meet the complete requirements above. While past professional experience is required we will consider recent graduates who show exceptional ability and interest.


After reviewing your application we will reach out with more information and schedule a call. We generally respond within a few days. If you haven’t heard back from us within a week, please email us again and include info@alto-office.com.





Project Architect / Job Captain

You will work on and be largely responsible for managing 1 larger project and 2-3 smaller projects.You will work directly with both principals and manage junior project staff. As gaps in project schedules are typical, we’ll loop you into other projects including commercial, residential, and potentially object-design and fabrication. You will likely have 3-4 projects actively under your responsibility at any one time.



Requirements & Responsibilities

  • 5+ years of experience on various project phases is a baseline. Years of experience are a poor-proxy for experience and capability, so use your judgement.
  • Working drawing management experience , including setting up project specific QAQC procedures and experience marking up drawings for revisions.
  • Technical, construction and detailing experience on commercial projects.
  • Building science and construction knowledge or demonstrated interested in learning more. 
  • Engineering Coordination experience (Structural, MEP, Civil) in addition to experience coordinating design teams (interior, landscape, FFE).
  • Proficiency in all typical softwares.
  • Rhino and AutoCAD proficiency are required (Revit is not required but desirable).
  • Ability to manage schedules and create work-plans.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and ability to make independent judgements and decisions.
  • Self reliance and ability to learn new software/technical programs on one’s own is a must.
  • Fluency interpreting building codes, planning codes, and researching other AHJ requirements.

Desirable / Not Required

  • Architectural License (CA preferred)
  • Experience with multifamily housing, CBC 11A/11B, FHA, and/or TCAC.
  • Experience with mass-timber, CLT, NLT.
  • Experience with energy modeling and thermal envelope modeling (using Therm, Diva, and other industry standard analysis software)
  • BIM coordination experience
  • Experience with construction administration or construction management.
  • Degree in Architecture, Engineering or a related discipline.


Pay & Benefits

  • Salaried position, pay commensurate with experience
  • Profit sharing after vesting period and meeting pre-defined milestones
  • Comprehensive benefits package
 

 





Project Designer

You will work closely with both principals and senior project architects across various phases. There are opportunities to be responsible for managing smaller projects. This position is ideal for someone interested in learning about all aspects of practice from pre-design through construction. It’s ideal for someone with a strong background in design who’s interested in developing ideas into fully realized buildings.



Requirements & Responsibilities

  • 1-3 years of experience on various project phases is a baseline. Years of experience are a poor-proxy for experience and capability, so use your judgement.
  • Presentation drawing experience
  • Rendering experience making high fidelity renderings.
  • Physical model making experience, working & presentation models
  • Technical drawing experience including picking up markups/redlines.
  • Proficiency in all typical softwares.
  • Rhino and AutoCAD proficiency are required (Revit is not required but desirable).
  • A desire to learn how to produce technical construction drawings. 
  • Abiliyt to work independently and manage one’s own time.
  • Self reliance and the ability to figure things out on ones own.

Desirable / Not Required

  • Experience creating technical and construction drawings
  • A knowledge or demonstrated interested in building science and technical aspects of construction
  • Interest in furniture, object and fixture design.
  • Degree in design, architecture, engineering or a related discipline.


Pay & Benefits

  • Salaried position, pay commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package



 


Internships 

We offer summer internship positions each year. We also consider externships, co-op semesters and gap-years. Internships are structured to provide a varied experienced, working on various projects and types of architectural work. Our goal is to provide you with as comprehensive an experience as possible in the limited time you have in an office. We’re open to crafting an internship that fulfills specific interest and goals of each intern. 


Requirements

  • A demonstrated interest in architecture & construction.
  • Understanding of basic architectural ideas and an ability to read drawings, analyze models. 
  • Software proficiency in Adobe Suite and typical office programs required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Desirable / Not Required

  • Rendering experience making high fidelity renderings.
  • Physical model making experience, working & presentation models
  • Software proficiency in Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, typical office programs. 
  • Experience making technical drawings and picking up markups/redlines.
  • Prior experience in practice or school is desired but not required. Exceptional applicants without a formal architectural education who demonstrate a vested interested in learning are desired. We support unorthodox 



Pay & Benefits 

  • Interns are paid via a weekly stipend.
  • No benefits are provided.