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Architectural Designer

Projects | Hybrid in San Jose, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Heatherwick Studio is a team of over 200 problem solvers dedicated to making the physical world around us better for everyone. Based out of our combined workshop and design studio in Central London, we create buildings, spaces, masterplans, objects and infrastructure. Focusing on large-scale projects in cities all over the world, we prioritise those with the greatest positive social impact.  

Working as practical inventors with no signature style, our motivation is to design soulful and interesting places that embrace and celebrate the complexities of the real world. The approach driving everything is to lead from a human experience rather than any fixed design dogma.  

The studio’s completed projects include a number of internationally celebrated buildings, including the award-winning Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, Learning Hub at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Coal Drops Yard in London, the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, and Little Island in New York.  

We expect all studio members to work together with honesty and integrity, and to have genuine care for each other. The studio is a creative community and it’s important to use that everyone feels they belong.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be considered without regard to ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or parental status, national origin, neurodiversity status, or disability status.  We encourage all people from historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply. If you want any help with your application, please let us know.

Job purpose

Heatherwick studio has a rare opportunity for an emerging site architect to join and help deliver an ambitious, large-scale project based in California.

The role will support the studio’s Senior Site Architect, to ensure that the design is coordinated and implemented as intended in the designs set out by the London Team and act as their eyes and ears on-site.

As the key interface between our London project team and the local project stakeholders in California, you will attend local meetings as a representative of the studio, relaying and documenting all feedback and comments to the London project team. Therefore, prior experience with a project in the construction administration stage is required. 


  • Degree in Architecture with 3+ years of professional experience.
  • Knowledge of local building codes is desirable.
  • Strong documentation skills: writing, minute taking, & drawing
  • Must be design-driven with a passion to develop technical knowledge
  • Have a highly collaborative spirit and experience of working within a wider team
  • Great negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to work with, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Rhino, Revit
  • Strong focus on achieving high quality design
  • Prior experience coordinating design would be an advantage


Applications should include your portfolio and CV. For portfolios that exceed 10MB, please provide a link under the contacts section. 

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide detailed feedback to candidates.