- Lieu

Architect/Architectural Designer (3-8 Years)


About the Job


– lieu is seeking a full-time architectural designer. Designers work on all aspects and phases of projects from concept design through construction administration in addition to other firm responsibilities such as business development and marketing. Projects are diverse and include residential, commercial, institutional and public work. Each designer is an integral part of the studio and will contribute to the growth and direction of the firm. – lieu offers flexible work arrangements and a healthy work/life balance.

As a small studio, it is essential that all team members are strong designers who are collaborative, organized, capable of multi-tasking, critical thinking, and have excellent graphic, written and verbal communication skills. We are looking for someone who is ambitious, independent, thoughtful, curious, eager to learn & grow, and shares our values.

– lieu offers health benefits, competitive PTO, and a salary commensurate with experience.

Applicant Requirements


  • Design through various mediums including sketching, drafting, rendering, digital and physical modeling
  • Document designs through drawing sets and specifications
  • Coordinate with internal team, consultants, and contractors
  • Manage and lead design studies and team members
  • Research and analyze code, materials, systems, and so on
  • Observe construction progress and problem solve in the field
  • Contribute to the growth and development of the firm


  • 3+ years of experience at an architectural firm
  • B. Arch or M. Arch from an accredited school of architecture
  • Licensed or actively pursuing licensure
  • Authorized to work in US
  • Available to work in person on a regular basis – this is not a remote only position
  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite; Enscape is a plus
  • Proven ability to design and document all project phases (including CD and CA)
  • For applicants with 5-8 year of experience:
  • Project management experience
  • Strong technical knowledge is a plus
  • Knowledge of Chicago code and permitting is a plus

Please send your cover letter, resume and portfolio (file under 25MB) with the subject line: Architect/Architectural Designer Application.

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About the Company

– lieu is a woman-led architecture & design studio driven by the desire to create unique places rooted in empathy, curiosity, and thoughtfulness. Our designs respond directly to and resonate with their specific contexts – the people, aspirations, program, culture, economics, and environment. – lieu optimistically believes in the ability of thoughtful design to have a profound impact on the lives of individuals and communities.

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