Careers

Why work at FFA?

FFA is seeking a talented, highly-motivated full-time Project Manager. Ideal candidates will have completed 6-10 medium-to-large-scaled public or commercial projects as the PM and have a strong interest in executing highly-crafted architecture.

FFA has a deep commitment to building an equitable and inclusive architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Our practice believes that a diversity of backgrounds and ideas leads to the most creative solutions. All staff members are expected to be highly collaborative and respectful while adhering to the firm’s Community Agreements. Ideal candidates will have undergone some diversity, equity, and inclusion training. New staff members will be asked to participate in training if they have not done so already.

FFA is also committed to the responsible use of resources and understands that the building industry plays an important role in mitigating climate change. Our practice is devoted to reducing energy and carbon use through practical sustainable strategies. The ideal candidate will share that mission and have experience working on highly sustainable projects.

FFA believes that our culture and projects thrive when our staff can balance life and work demands. We strive to support balanced workloads and are sensitive to family and medical needs.

Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and project experience.

Qualifications:
• Demonstrated experience including excellent management, design, and communication skills
• Proficiency in public project process and high-quality documentation
• Experience managing complex public or institutional projects
• Ability to work closely with clients and cultivate client relationships by providing consistently excellent service
• Ability to work seamlessly across multiple market sectors
• Ability to support marketing and business development efforts
• Ability to develop and manage to complex schedules and fees
• Enjoys supporting, promoting, and mentoring project team members
• Experience with multiple project delivery methods and jurisdictional review processes
• Ability to map out and clearly communicate project direction and objectives

Additional Requirements:
• Bachelor or Masters of Architecture professional degree from an accredited institution
• A licensed architect is preferred.
• LEED, WELL, LFA Certification desired

Duties Include, but are not limited to:
• Managing projects of varying sizes and types, including fee and schedule development and management
• Working with the partners in charge and office administrative staff to review and coordinate project contracts
• Coordination with clients, consultants, and project teams to meet project and practice objectives.
• Collaborating with other project managers in staffing and fee development
• Contributing to the collaborative advancement of the project work and office culture
• Collaborating with leadership on practice management issues

Competitive salary and benefits program includes:
• Medical Insurance
• 401K program
• Voluntary Vision and Dental
• Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
• Transportation Stipend
• Flexible Spending Account
• Paid Time Off
• Paid Volunteer Time
• Paid Holidays

Office activities include: 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 is located in downtown Portland’s central business district, directly on the transit mall. We invite qualified candidates to email a resume and references to: Anna Cramer, acramer@ffadesign.com. No phone calls, please.

Employment Type:

Full-time

FFA is seeking a talented, highly motivated, full-time Interior Designer with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture Professional Degree or similar 4-year degree, and 5-10 years of experience. Within that time, the ideal candidate will have been the interior designer on a minimum of 5 completed, large-scale, new construction commercial projects.

FFA has a deep commitment to building an equitable and inclusive architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Our practice believes that a diversity of backgrounds and ideas leads to the most creative solutions. All staff members are expected to be highly collaborative and respectful while adhering to the firm’s Community Agreements. Ideal candidates will have undergone some diversity, equity, and inclusion training. New staff members will be asked to participate in training if they have not done so already.

FFA is committed to the responsible use of resources and understands that the building industry has an important role in mitigating climate change. Our practice is committed to reducing energy and carbon use through practical sustainable strategies. The ideal candidate will share that mission and have experience working on highly sustainable projects.

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 and interest in leading and managing these efforts is desired.

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 project experience.

Requirements and Duties:

  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture professional degree from an accredited institution or equivalent architectural-based design degree or work experience
  • REVIT modeling experience for commercial projects and development of construction documents in REVIT
  • Knowledge and experience with all aspects of commercial interior design including tenant improvement design, space planning, programming, concept development, color and material selection, specifications development, FF&E, vendor/supplier, and contractor management
  • Experience with project site observation and documentation for accurate base drawing development
  • 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
  • Interest in and ability to manage interiors lead projects and provide direction to design staff on tasks and deliverables
  • Interest in and ability to lead interiors scope and interior environment development on architecture lead projects and provide direction to design staff on tasks and deliverables
  • 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 take ownership of projects and tasks and consistently deliver design excellence
  • Ability to consistently provide high-quality design and have a desire to raise the bar on each project
  • A high level of integrity, work ethic, professionalism, enthusiasm for design process and delivery, and the desire to invest in a career at FFA

Additional Preferred Skills and Experience:

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

Competitive salary and benefits program includes:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Voluntary Vision and Dental
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
  • Transportation Stipend
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Volunteer Time
  • Paid Holidays

Office Culture Engagement Opportunities:

  • 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

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

To learn more about FFA and the work we do, please visit our website at www.ffadesign.com.

Employment Type:

Full-time

FFA is seeking two (2) talented, highly motivated full-time Project Architects.

The ideal candidate will have completed 5-8 medium to large scaled public or commercial projects as the project architect and have a strong interest in executing highly crafted architecture.

FFA has a deep commitment to building an equitable and inclusive architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Our practice believes that a diversity of backgrounds and ideas leads to the most creative solutions. All staff members are expected to be highly collaborative and respectful while adhering to the firm’s Community Agreements. Ideal candidates will have undergone some diversity, equity, and inclusion training. New staff members will be asked to participate in training if they have not done so already.

FFA is committed to the responsible use of resources and understands that the building industry has an important role in mitigating climate change. Our practice is committed to reducing energy and carbon use through practical sustainable strategies. The ideal candidate will share that mission and have experience working on highly sustainable projects.

Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and project experience.

Must Have:

  • Knowledge and experience with all aspects of commercial and institutional architectural design
  • Ability to work closely with clients and cultivate client relationships by providing consistently excellent service
  • Outstanding communication 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
  • Proficiency in schematic design software including Sketchup and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency in Revit, Bluebeam Review, and Enscape. Must be familiar working with good modeling practices, two-dimensional detail development, shared central files, worksets and visibility settings.

Additional Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from an accredited institution
  • A licensed architect is preferred.
  • LEED Accreditation preferred.

Duties Include, but are not limited to:

  • Documentation development and management for various sizes and scopes of commercial or institutional projects
  • Coordination of multiple team members across the design team.
  • Contribute to the collaborative advancement of the project work and office culture.
  • Construction documents (drawing production and specification coordination)
  • Coordination with engineering and other consultants
  • Zoning and building code analysis and implementation
  • Technical analysis, design, and detailing

Competitive salary and benefits program includes:
Medical Insurance
Voluntary Vision and Dental
Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
Transportation Stipend
Flexible Spending Account
Paid Time Off
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays

Office activities include: 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 is located in downtown Portland’s central business district, directly on the transit mall.  We invite qualified candidates to email a resume and references to: Anna Cramer, <acramer@ffadesign.com>.  No phone calls, please.

Employment Type:

Full Time

FFA is seeking a talented, highly motivated full-time architectural staff members with 0-6 years’ experience to join our medium-sized architecture and interior design firm. Ideal candidates would have some professional experience and be comfortable in working in an equitable, collaborative and creative team environment.

Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

Must Have:

  • Willingness to learn and have a design curiosity.
  • Strong organizational skills and be detail oriented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to travel to local and regional project sites
  • Strong graphic and research skills.
  • Proficiency in schematic design software including Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite, and Enscape
  • Proficiency in both Revit and AutoCad on commercial or institutional projects. Must be familiar working with shared central files, worksets and visibility settings.

Additional Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from an accredited institution
  • A licensed architect is preferred.
  • LEED Accreditation preferred.

Duties Include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical support on projects including the development of design and construction documentation.
  • Contribute in the collaborative advancement of the project work and office culture.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical aspects of the project and produce construction documentation.
  • Work closely with project teams to coordinate the design process. This could include interfacing with the owner, consultants, medical equipment vendors and contractor.

Competitive salary and benefits program includes:
Medical Insurance
Voluntary Vision and Dental
Short Term & Long Term Disability
Transportation Stipend
Flexible Spending Account
Paid Time Off
Paid Holidays

Office activities include: 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 is located in downtown Portland’s central business district, directly on the transit mall.  We invite qualified candidates to email a resume and references to: Troy Ainsworth, Principal, <tainsworth@ffadesign.com>.  No phone calls, please.

To learn more about FFA and the work we do, please visit our website at www.ffadesign.com

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 and Level I & II Architectural Staff. 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.

Equity
At FFA, our goal is to create and sustain a community where everyone feels valued.  This is important to us and not just something we say we do, but something we work on every day.  In our ongoing work to honor this commitment, our Equity Committee and Leadership Group have developed  Community Agreements – a living document which is posted throughout the office.  We use these agreements as a guidepost for everyday decision-making,  collaborating with team members, participating in meetings, and generally interacting with our colleagues. Using these agreements daily helps us continue to be supportive of our equity and inclusion goals, and each other.

Why FFA? Ask our staff.

Téjara (joined in 2017)

“As an interior designer, I appreciate how fully integrated the interiors team is. We’re not just expected to pick paint and carpet at the end of project design. We’re part of the team from the very beginning. This gives us the opportunity to impact the spaces holistically − in partnership with the architecture − which makes for much more successful projects which are truly tailored to the needs of our clients.”

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. ”

Cristina (joined 2018)

“The level of exposure I get to different project types, 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.”

Brooke (joined in 2021)

“FFA has provided me with the opportunity to develop professional relationships, enhance my skill set, as well as apply and expand my academic experience through hands-on fieldwork, which is incredibly rewarding.”