Why work at FFA?

FFA is seeking a full-time Historical Architect, to work in an open, collaborative, and creative team environment primarily on projects located within sensitive historic settings. Highly rated candidates will 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.

Must Have:
• Advanced working knowledge of the Secretary of t 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
• Five (5) years minimum 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 the Pacific Northwest and to locations throughout the western states including Alaska
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop
• Proficiency in Revit, Bluebeam Review, and Enscape; must be familiar with good modeling practices, two-dimensional detail development, and model management.

Additional Requirements:
• Undergraduate or graduate degree in Architecture from an accredited institution with a specialization in Historic Preservation
• LEED Accreditation preferred
• Familiarity with repair and rehabilitation projects
• Familiarity with Cultural Landscapes
• A licensed architect is preferred

Duties Include, but are not limited to:
• Design team and document management for various scales and scopes of government agency and commercial work
• Building condition assessments, Code review, documentation, and 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

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
Paid Volunteer Time
Office activities include: 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, No phone calls, please.

Employment Type:

Full Time


Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

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 an Historical Architect. 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.

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.

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.”



Andrew (joined 2018)

I’ve really appreciated how collaborative the office is.  For me, this comes through in the work of our project teams and our different committees.  Staff are supported to impact the firm in ways that align with our individual values, interests, and goals.  We’re able to accomplish a lot together and are always improving our projects and the way we work.”




Amy (joined in 2023)

“I appreciate the work that has gone into FFA’s internal sustainability guidelines.  I am excited to have further conversations about resiliency and equity in design with the team! I also appreciate the weekly staff meetings with treats, the culture of cooking & eating food together in our kitchen, our happy hours, impromptu celebrations, and weekly design exploration conversations.”