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Architect I / Designer I

Architecture | Chico, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About NorthStar

NorthStar is a multi-disciplinary civil engineering, architecture, land surveying, and environmental firm specializing in municipal infrastructure design, land development, onsite waste water systems, land surveying, environmental consulting, planning and development permit processing, and building design.

We exist to develop people that enhance our communities and thrive in a company culture where the team comes first before the individual; learning and mentoring is second nature; and every individual thinks and acts like an owner –taking active responsibility for the success of our endeavors, clients and communities.

NorthStar is seeking an Architect I/Designer I to join our multi-disciplinary firm in Chico, CA. Come be part of an innovative and inspired group of design professionals in a collaborative studio environment with a commitment to quality and client satisfaction. More than just consultants, we are partners with our clients, agencies and the communities we serve - taking ownership of our work, performance, and the success of all our endeavors.

We are looking for candidates who are capable of orchestrating the timely completion of projects from drawing production through construction. This requires the ability to translate and document design concepts, coordinate and communicate clearly with consultant teams, obtain project approvals and oversee construction administration.

The ideal candidate values community engagement, superior client service, and a lifetime of learning, with the opportunity for advancement in a challenging and professional work environment.


  • Professional degree in Architecture from an accredited institution. On track for licensure, California licensed architect is a plus

  • 3+ years of experience in an architecture firm managing production of Multi-Family Housing, Commercial, K-12 or Hospital/MOB projects

  • Advanced Revit and AutoCAD skills with knowledge of Sketch-Up. BIM Management a plus

  • Knowledge of architectural practice, including design, documentation, detailing, building materials, building codes and construction technologies

  • An understanding of each phase of the process (SD, DD, CD, and CA) as well as how to coordinate drawings accordingly.

  • Competent knowledge of 2016 California Building Code, Title 24 Code Compliance, and ADA regulations

  • Excellent written and verbal communication. Able to effectively communicate with clients, contractors, and consultants

  • General knowledge of construction

Bonus Points:

  • Ability to lead well in a team environment

  • Dexterity to prioritize and manage tasks against deadlines and other metrics

  • High level of organization and attention to detail

  • Positive attitude, desire and passion to work within a team

  • Highly motivated self-starter


NorthStar benefits include a generous salary, extensive health insurance package, 401(k) options, vacation and sick pay.