Job Captain

Design Draw Build Inc
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Added on: 25 Jun 2021, Job offer expires on: 22 Dec 2021


Design Draw Build is a team of hybrid professionals converging as architects, builders, artists, producers, and urbanists. 

Currently, DDB Inc is designing projects in the Bay Area, and both Northern California counties. Our team thrives on the diverse creative challenges in both our urban and rural engagements.

On a typical day, DDB’s team will be working with a developer to create a sustainable multi-building master plan in a rural county, and then pivot to fit a complex ADU into a dense San Francisco block.

As a design-build team, we emphasize constructability and an understanding of the entirety of the built work. The in-house integration of construction and architecture generates a productive dialog about means, methods, and culture.  

DDB Inc is seeking a resourceful, and ambitious architect in training to join our team.

We strongly recommend that candidates are vaccinated.


The Job Captain reports directly to the Principal in the architecture studio with support from Project Managers. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Taking architectural projects from “Contract to Close,” with oversight from the Principal. 

  • Thoughtfully pursue multiple projects simultaneously, utilizing the skills of your teammates when needed, and ensuring their timely completion. 

  • Attending the weekly Design Studio Meeting on Monday mornings, arriving prepared to discuss progress to date, and that upcoming weeks’ goals.

  • Preparing architectural drawings using AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, and Sketchup. 

  • Reaching out regularly for redlining from other studio members. 

  • In turn, providing editing and revisions for other studio members when requested. 

  • Working with our primary renderer, to develop project imagery and ensure that it meets client’s expectations.  

  • Creating complete sets of floor plans per instruction or per customer specification in accordance with internal drafting standards.

  • Coordinating with outside consultants and facilitating very clear communication between multiple parties (ie. has the Title24 consultant received all of the new drawings that include the Structural Engineers comments). 

  • Revising architectural plans as marked and thoroughly communicate to team members that are affected by any changes 

  • Successfully present plans and expedite permits through Building and Planning Departments.

  • Tracking the progress of all project submittals with local jurisdictions.

  • Responding to city comments with input from the Principal. 

  • Meeting with the Billing team to review your projects’ contracts, billable hours, and budgets. 

  • Learning additional software when necessary on a reasonable timeline.

Qualified candidates should possess: 

  • The ability to work calmly under pressure, complete deadlines, switch priorities as needed, and have an eye for details.

  • Have 4-8 years of home-building related experience  

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Architecture or Drafting/Design  

  • Valid California driver’s license  

  • Advanced computer skills 

  • Solid written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with clients, staff, and the Principal.

  • Perform accurate, consistent, and detail-oriented work  

  • Highly motivated, be a go-getter, willing to stay late to meet a deadline

  • Maintain regular attendance and punctuality relative to a daily work schedule is required – setting the standard for the office design team 

  • Follow direction from the Principal  

  • Understand and follow work rules and procedures  

  • Ability to accept constructive feedback  

  • Ability to work effectively with and through others. 


  • Employment type:  Full-Time 40 Hours per week

  • Compensation: Competitive Rates DOE; $70-90K/year

  • Matching for Group Medical and Dental 

  • 9 Paid Holidays, PTO accrued at 10 days annually

Please send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to with the Job Title in the subject line.

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