Careers

Why work at FFA?

FFA is seeking a full-time Project Architect, with experience in historic preservation, to work primarily on National Park Service and parks-related projects.

Candidates must have experience in historic structure report (HSR) writing, condition assessments, building preservation planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration with emphasis on public agency work.  A background working in an open, collaborative, and creative team environment is essential.

Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

Must Have:

  • Advanced working knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  • Ability to work collaboratively with clients and consultants and cultivate client relationships by providing consistently excellent service
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Architecture with a specialization in Historic Preservation
  • Five (5) or more years of historic preservation experience
  • Demonstrated historic research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to travel to local and regional project sites in Oregon and Washington and to National Parks throughout the Pacific West Region
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop
  • Proficiency in both Revit and AutoCad

Additional Requirements:

  • LEED Accreditation preferred
  • Familiarity with repair and rehabilitation project scopes of work
  • Familiarity with Cultural Landscapes

Duties Include, but are not limited to:

  • Design team and documentation management for various scales and scopes of government agency work
  • Building condition assessments, documentation, and compliance report creation
  • Graphic development for Schematic Design and Design Development project phases
  • Assist with Construction Drawing planning and production
  • Coordination with engineering and other consultants

Office Activities: 

  • Design Charettes 
  • CEU Lunch & Learns 
  • Community service events 
  • Staff field trips and celebrations 
  • Internal committee engagement groups such as the Sustainability Committee, Office Safety Committee, Community Engagement Committee, and the Equity Committee 

Following a 90-day initiation period, competitive salary and benefits program to include: 

Medical Insurance
Voluntary Vision and Dental
Short term & Long-term Disability
Subsidized TriMet Passes
Flexible Spending Account
Paid Time Off
Paid Holidays 

Office culture includes: Educational Opportunities, Design charrettes, CEU lunch & learns, community service events, staff adventures and celebrations. 

FFA is an equal opportunity employer providing a professional, creative, and collaborative teamwork environment.  Our office, located in Portland’s central business district, is directly on the transit mall at Pioneer Square.  We invite qualified candidates to email a resume and references to: Troy Ainsworth, Principal, <tainsworth@ffadesign.com>.  No phone calls, please. 

Employment Type:

Full-time

Interior Designer 

FFA is seeking a talented, highly motivated full-time Interior Designer with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture Professional Degree and 5-8 years’ experience in this capacity to join our 30-person architecture and interior design firm.  

FFA is a full-service design firm providing award-winning expertise in architecture, planning, and interior design. Since 1956, our practice has been focused on developing architecture that is timeless, beautiful, and sustainable. FFA is proud of this tradition and its legacy of thoughtful, contextual projects throughout the Pacific Northwest region. 

We understand that architecture is fundamentally for people. It is a quiet backdrop in our lives that when done with care, has the power to enrich and inspire. Because of this, we work to craft buildings and spaces designed around the people who use them. We are looking for someone who is excited to build their career with us as a key member of our team. 

Candidates for the Interior Designer position must have experience in programming, conceptual design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration services for both private commercial and public work. Experience in leading these efforts is preferred. 

Candidates must also understand how interior components are constructed and how materials come together in a space. The ability to critically think through design opportunities at this level as well as detail those connections in a drawing set is essential, as is a background, desire, and ability to work in an open, collaborative, and creative environment.   

Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. 

Must Have: 

  • Knowledge and experience with all aspects of commercial interior design including tenant improvement design, space planning, programming, concept development, color and material selection, FF&E, vendor/supplier, and contractor management; 
  • Ability to work closely with multiple client types and personalities to cultivate client relationships by providing consistently excellent service; 
  • Outstanding communication and time management skills; 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of large and small scale with multiple and overlapping deadlines;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an active team member on architect-lead projects and within the interiors team;
  • Ability to travel to local and regional client sites (personal transportation not required); 
  • Proficiency in creating presentation materials within the Adobe Creative Suite; 
  • Ability to conduct project site observation and develop documentation for accurate base drawings; 
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and tasks and consistently deliver design excellence; 
  • Interest in collaboration on crafting the new direction of the interiors team and continuing to push the envelope of high-quality design; 
  • A high level of integrity, work ethic, professionalism, enthusiasm for design process and delivery, and the desire to invest in a career at FFA. 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture professional degree from an accredited institution or equivalent architectural-based design degree or work experience; 
  • REVIT for commercial projects.

Also Desired: 

  • Proficiency in Sketchup modeling 
  • Proficiency in Enscape rendering 
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD 
  • NCIDQ Certification 
  • LEED Accreditation 
  • WELL Building Standard Certification 
  • Knowledge of and experience working with BOMA Standards 
  • Experience in designing Higher Education, Affordable Housing, and Library projects

Office Activities: 

  • Design Charettes 
  • CEU Lunch & Learns 
  • Community service events 
  • Staff field trips and celebrations 
  • Internal committee engagement groups such as the Sustainability Committee, Office Safety Committee, Community Engagement Committee, and the Equity Committee 

Following a 90-day initiation period, competitive salary and benefits program to include: 

Medical Insurance
Voluntary Vision and Dental
Short term & Long-term Disability
Subsidized TriMet Passes
Flexible Spending Account
Paid Time Off
Paid Holidays 

Office culture includes: Educational Opportunities, Design charrettes, CEU lunch & learns, community service events, staff adventures and celebrations. 

FFA is an equal opportunity employer providing a professional, creative, and collaborative teamwork environment.  Our office, located in Portland’s central business district, is directly on the transit mall at Pioneer Square.  We invite qualified candidates to email a resume and references to: Troy Ainsworth, Principal, <tainsworth@ffadesign.com>.  No phone calls, please. 

Employment Type:

Full-time


Our dedication to quality and craft means that our work is rooted to its place on the planet, and representative of the people it serves. If you share these values and have a desire to invest in a career at FFA, we’d like to meet you. FFA is currently seeking a Project Architect/Preservation Specialist and an Interior Designer. Please see details above.

Every voice matters

At FFA, everyone has a seat at the table. Our design culture allows open conversations about ideas because when everyone has a voice, it leads to better outcomes for our clients. Candid, respectful and open dialogue encourages new thinking, diverse ideas and creates an inclusive workplace environment. Everyone is part of the bigger picture and takes ownership of their work and professional growth.

Culture

We strive to create a healthy professional environment that inspires our design culture and enriches our employees’ lives. From providing healthy snacks in the breakroom to all-office design charrettes and weekly happy hours, we focus on initiatives that support employee wellness. FFA’s office environment, competitive salaries, events and job perks create a flourishing, productive backdrop where we can thrive.

Work-life balance

We put in hard work because we are dedicated to the design process and the work we produce. There may be a late-night right before a deadline, but we produce our most profound and insightful work when the fuel tank isn’t running on empty. We empower employees to build a healthy work-life model where they can be present in both their life and at work.

Meaningful projects

Since 1956, our practice has been focused on developing architecture that is timeless, beautiful, and sustainable. FFA is proud of this tradition and its legacy of thoughtful, contextual projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Today, we continue to learn and elevate our design portfolio with projects ranging from thoughtful historic renovations to a myriad of new building types. We pursue unique projects which are diverse in scope and location — check out our portfolio. Whether it’s architecture, planning or interior design, or all the above, each of FFA’s projects tells a compelling and memorable story.

Why FFA? Ask our new hires and long-timers.

Cristina (joined 2018)

“The level of exposure you get in the projects, the wide array of market sectors, being able to take ARE tests during work hours and get paid for the time, as well as not feeling burnt out by work, has allowed me to make significant progress in my ongoing path to become a licensed Architect. As a non-American working mom, FFA has been the place for me to thrive.”

Lara (joined 2019)

“I really like the fact that there are more employees who are women, especially more licensed architects who are women, than other firms I have been a part of. ”

Kerry (joined 1995)

“Throughout the past 25 years of working on project teams, I’ve maintained a keen interest in the way technology supports those working in architecture. Now, with the support of FFA leadership, I’ve taken on a new role as Technology Integration Specialist with a focus on assessing and implementing technologies that support more effective communication and collaboration between project team members.”

Tim (joined in 2001)

“At FFA, people are allowed to find their passion in the architectural profession and build experience through exposure to a range of projects. Design for historic buildings has always been a passion of mine and my career at FFA has allowed me to pursue this work through our ongoing contracts with the National Park Service.”