Architectural Designer (3-5 years) - zpd+a


zpd+a / Chicago, IL / Website


We are an energetic, studio-oriented firm that believes quality design is a priority on all projects.

Excelling at creative and pragmatic design, we aim to integrate sustainability and universal design practices into our clients’ aesthetic, qualitative, and financial objectives on every project. Our staff work in small design-focused project teams that leverage the individual talents and skills of team members to promote an intimate design environment, offering growth opportunities to designers at all stages of their career while contributing to projects that get built. We strive to create energetic and inspiring spaces tailored to a variety of user populations: from corporate interiors that inspire team building and workplace creativity, to multi-family and senior living communities facilitating health and activity, to restaurants, community centers, and private homes; our design flexibility and user-oriented approach considers the unique narrative of each project. Our projects provide the opportunity to create dynamic, human-centric spaces that include the integration of the building with interior finishes, furniture, environmental graphics, and artwork.

We are committed to providing our colleagues with a friendly and collaborative environment, work-life balance, excellent benefits, and opportunity to explore their professional growth.


Full time position for a designer with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a professional studio setting. This opportunity will provide exposure to a variety of project types, including mixed-use multi-family developments, office interiors, and a variety of hospitality driven projects. The position will work directly with Senior Designers and Design Principals as part of a multi-disciplined design studio.

 Assist with research and documentation of project related requirements including building technologies, material systems, and municipal regulations.
 Support with development and production of drawings and related project documentation from Schematic Design through to Construction Documentation. This includes 3D design, presentations, drafting, and material selections.
 Collaborate with design team members and consultants.
 Assist with Construction Administration tasks throughout construction of the project.
 Participate and collaborate with design team during design charrettes.


Applicant should meet the following criteria:
 Professional degree in Architecture with exemplary academic design skills
 3 years or more of full-time post-graduate experience working in commercial and/or residential design.
 Proficient in Revit and AutoCAD; working knowledge of SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite applications (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
 Excellent research and organizational skills
 A burning desire to communicate effectively and regularly with colleagues and design team.


Commensurate with experience


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