Careers

Why work at FFA?

FFA is seeking a talented, highly motivated full-time Project Architect with 10 -15 years’ experience to join our medium-sized architecture and interior design firm. Must have experience in programming, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration services for both public and private commercial work.  A background working in an equitable, collaborative, and creative team environment is essential.

Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and 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 manage 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 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
  • Specification writing experience is preferred.
  • A licensed architect is preferred.
  • LEED Accreditation preferred.

Duties Include, but are not limited to:

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

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 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

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.

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 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

FFA is seeking a talented, highly motivated full-time Marketing Manager with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications/PR, Journalism, English, or associated field, and/or 5-7 years’ A/E/C marketing experience to join our 30+ person architecture and interior design firm.  The ideal candidate is someone who is looking to take that next step in their career toward leading our marketing team which includes a Marketing/Graphics Coordinator and a Senior Marketing Specialist.

This is the ideal job for you if you are:

  • Experienced with strategic planning and business development;
  • Have the ability to work closely with multiple Market Sector Leads to cultivate client relationships and position the firm for future project pursuits;
  • Experienced in writing key messaging for the firm as a whole and specific to various sectors (civic, education, workplace, recreation, interiors, cultural resources) for use across multiple mediums (web, e-communications, press, etc.)
  • Experienced in support and development of proposal (RFP) and qualification (RFQ) responses; content development, editorial support, presentation production and all deliverables associated with project pursuits.
  • Knowledgeable of creative methods to help recruit professional staff to the firm;
  • Outstanding with communication and time management;
  • An excellent leader, mentor and manager;
  • A strong critical thinker and creative problem-solver;
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment;
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office products;
  • Excited about collaborating on crafting the direction of the marketing team, advancing brand management and continuing to push the envelope in all that we do;
  • An energetic team player with a high level of integrity, work ethic, professionalism, enthusiasm for the design industry, and the desire for career growth at FFA.

Must have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications/PR, Journalism, English, or associated field from an accredited institution and/or 5-7 years’ A/E/C marketing experience;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

Extra credit for:

  • Proficiency in WordPress
  • Experience with Capture Planning

Competitive salary:

  • Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

FFA office activities/office culture includes, but is not limited to:

  • Paid community service events
  • Fun staff field trips and celebrations
  • Office-wide Design Charettes
  • CEU Lunch & Learns
  • Secure bike parking & showers
  • Internal committee engagement groups such as the Sustainability Committee, Office Safety Committee, Community Engagement Committee, and the DEI Committee

Following a 90-day initiation period, 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

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, Level I & II Architectural Staff and a Marketing Manager. 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.”