Architectural Designer

Kaplan Thompson Architects
Location: Portland, ME, USA
Added on: 8 Jun 2020, Job offer expires on: 5 Dec 2020

Kaplan Thompson Architects is a Portland, Maine architecture firm seeking an Architectural Designer with 1 to 3 years of professional experience for work on varied projects, all with a creative design and deep sustainability focus.

Up-to-date experience with ArchiCad BIM is required. Technical detailing skill, and any experience with single family residential and affordable multifamily are preferred, but not vital.

Work would begin assisting existing project teams, and would expand into Project Designer opportunities once integrated. Remote work in the short term is a given due to the current state of the world, but relocation to Portland in the near future will be required. Aptitude for distributed work platforms and team based task management will be required.

This is a unique opportunity to get in the door with a mission-based, award-winning firm named to the 2018 and 2019 Architect 50: Top 50 Firms in Sustainability in the U.S. We’re looking for an affable individual with emerging design vision, ambition and motivation. Exceptional creativity, strong communication, writing and editing skills are vital. You will get the opportunity to work on Living Building Challenge and Passive House projects, with all the rigors and joys they entail. 

We believe deeply in working to reverse climate change, including a commitment to Architecture 2030 and the communities we serve, and strive to practice what we preach. We are the only Architecture firm in Maine to participate in the JUST program that publicly verifies our commitment to being an equitable organization.

We maintain an open, collaborative team approach and typically have a collegial studio atmosphere in our offices centrally located in Downtown Portland.

General Responsibilities

Work in a collaborative team structure with other architects and designers, primarily working on single-family and multi-family residential projects, restaurants, and schools; provide Building Information Modeling, research, renderings, presentation help as required; work within a team of designers and subcontractors.

Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge Requirements

  • Excellent design skills
  • Education / interest / experience – and passion – in the field of sustainable design
  • BArch or MArch completed
  • ArchiCad experience REQUIRED

Compensation, Timing and (Excellent) Benefits

Compensation will be based on experience and potential, and we will consider salary matching.

This offer includes 3 weeks of vacation / personal / sick time. Our benefits package also includes 100% medical coverage on Health Insurance and 100% coverage on Disability Insurance.  Additionally, KTA offers a SIMPLE IRA benefit plan that allows you to save for retirement. With this plan, KTA will match your contributions up to 3% of your salary. There is no waiting period to receive this benefit; you are eligible to join the SIMPLE IRA plan upon hire.  

We also offer 10 paid holidaysBonuses are distributed in accordance with hours worked and success of the office. Annually, every employee has the opportunity to spend up to $500 and two days pursuing professional development, which might include attending a conference, taking a class, or participating in another approved activity. We also offer one paid Community Day with the entire office and up to 24 matched hours over the year for any a Community Service project you would like to pursue.

To view some of our work and our philosophy, please view 


Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and examples of work to No calls please.

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