Design Associate

How To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant work samples as PDF attachments to jobs@laney.lawith the specific job title in the subject line. Limit file sizes to 10MB.

About Position

the five essential responsibilities of this role are the following:

  • Design: The Design Associate is responsible for producing exceptional design deliverables on multiple residential, commercial, and interior projects at all stages of the architectural process.
  • Documentation: The Design Associate is responsible for producing high quality drawing and details in order to prepare mature construction sets.
  • Client/Consultant Communication: The Design Associate is responsible for anticipating and addressing the concerns of clients in order to support client satisfaction. The Design Associate must also effectively coordinate outside vendors, consultants, and contractors in order to support the project’s critical path.
  • Work Plan Execution: The Design Associate is responsible for executing project plans by completing deliverables within the schedule and man hour parameters.  
  • Lead, Manage, and Accountable: The final responsibility of the Design Associate is to lead, manage, and hold accountable a team of designers. To do this well, the Design Associate 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 5 - 8 years of  experience in high-end, residential, commercial, and interiors projects at all phases of design and construction
  • The ability to visually communicate design through drawings, diagrams, and details with expertise and precision
  • Working knowledge of ArchiCAD, or a committed interest to learn and master it
  • Deep expertise in construction documentation
  • Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in architecture
  • Experience in the full project lifecycle
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership and self-motivation
  • Strong sense of urgency for meeting weekly deadlines
  • Highly skilled technically
  • Experience with assembling highly complex drawings sets
  • Punctual and organized
  • Knowledge of California Building Codes

Cultural Fit

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 demonstrate 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 


  • Competitive salary
  • Health & dental benefits
  • 401(k) benefits
  • Paid vacation & holidays
  • Sick leave