Senior Architect

Laney LA
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA, USA
Added on: 22 Mar 2021, Job offer expires on: 18 Sep 2021


Laney LA is an emerging architecture practice, dedicated to creating meaningful work.  As a studio, we believe in the power of the creative process to transform people’s lives and the potency of space to elevate the human experience into an art form for generations to come.  Our work seeks to challenge the false dichotomies of design and practice, of luxury and economy, and of access and exclusion.  But when all is said and done, we seek to create work that matters and to leave a message that outlives us.  A message that points to the spark of collaboration, the joy of discovery, the nostalgia of the timeless, and deep gratitude for community.


The Senior Architect possesses four key responsibilities:


  • The Senior Architect is responsible for establishing exceptional design concepts on multiple residential, commercial, and interiors projects.

  • The Senior Architect must also ensure design excellence is developed and maintained through the life of a project-particularly the documentation phases.

  • The Senior Architect must possess an intrinsic sense of design and be able to guide teams in clarifying the design intent on multiple projects.


  • The Senior Architect is responsible for managing a high volume of projects, and must possess significant experience in coordinating projects through the design development, construction document, and construction administration phases.

  • The Senior Architect must have significant experience in producing a high number of complex, comprehensive documentation sets.

  • The Senior Architect must possess a passion for producing, redlining, and assuring high quality deliverables.


  • The Senior Architect is responsible for ensuring all projects are “On-track” for client satisfaction, design excellence, man-hours, and scheduling, and invoicing.

  • This requires deep expertise in the management of a critical path utilizing multiple work plans and milestone checklists.

  • The Senior Architect must effortlessly speak the language of design, project management, client management, and construction.


  • The final responsibility of the Senior Architect is to lead, manage, and hold accountable a team of designers and job captains. To do this well, the Senior Architect must:

    • Clearly comprehend the Laney LA vision and core values and commit to coaching individuals in an effort to help them go farther than they could on their own.

    • Stomach difficult conversations and ask tough questions

    • Mentor their team, expertly wielding candor, empathy, humor, and coaching to elevate staff performance

    • Hold their team accountable, such that all teammates understand where they are headed and what they are responsible for accomplishing


We believe that a cultural fit is the highest priority. Therefore, we have outlined several items that define our studio culture. Laney LA shares the following five core values.

  • Designer’s Passion: We demand creative energy in all ventures

  • Servant’s Heart: We embrace the art of service

  • Rookie’s Advantage: We pursue a steep learning curve.

  • Detective’s Curiosity: We demonstrate active listening.

  • Warrior’s Spirit: We overcome obstacles with bravery


  • 8-15 years of experience in high-end residential, commercial, and interiors projects at all phases of the project life cycle 

  • Licensed Architect preferred, but not required 

  • The ability to visually communicate design through drawings, diagrams, and details with expertise and precision. 

  • Deep expertise in BIM technology 

  • Experience leading teams 

  • Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in Architecture 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong leadership and self- motivation 

  • Excellent delegation skills 

  • Highly skilled technically 

  • High level of intrinsic design competence 

  • Experience with putting together highly complex drawings sets 

  • Good awareness of design, industry trends, materials, and the aptitude to translate these ideas 

  • Punctual & organized 

  • Knowledge of California Residential Building Codes


  • Competitive salary

  • Health & dental benefits

  • 401(K) Plan with 4% match
  • Paid vacation & holidays
  • Sick leave

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. 

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