Design Associates at The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP

Seeking: Design Associates

The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP ([bc]) is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. [bc] has offices in Dallas, Brownsville, and Houston, TX and in Washington DC. [bc] is currently seeking one associate to work on urban design and architectural projects in the Dallas office and one associate to work on a large scale housing initiative in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Position Title: Design Associate
No. of Positions: 2
Location: Dallas, Corpus Christi
Start Date: June, 2017
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Main Purpose and Function

The work we do is impactful. It is fun. It is challenging. It is rewarding. As a design associate, you will work with people in places where design services are typically not accessible. As a design associate, you will be responsible for phases of a project ranging from working in communities to understand that place, listening to people about their needs and preferences, and using that information to serve a need. As a design associate, you must be able to communicate with people who are not designers and may have not ever been part of a design discussion.

This position requires the ability to apply a diverse set of skills to a diverse set of issues. What that means is that you may work on the design of a building, a public space, go to a community meeting, research code or policy, design a flyer, advise a coworker, and get direction from a supervisor in the same day. Other days you may just do one thing. The ability to be nimble but remain focused is paramount.

Key Job Responsibilities

The design associate will be responsible for the following as part of their day-to-day:
● Support the design, engagement, and implementation of architectural and/or urban design initiatives, some travel to project sites required.
● Support the organization by assisting on projects in other geographies.
● Build community relationships

● A commitment to people and place with a strong interest in public interest design
● Master's or Undergraduate degree in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture,urban studies or other related fields
● 1-5 years’ experience in architecture in all aspects of project management, design,documentation, and construction
● Strong visual communication skills and graphic talent
● Strong verbal and written communication skills
● Strong research skills
● Comfort with public speaking
● Experience with direct civic engagement, including but not limited to: organizing a designcharrette or workshop, hosting a community forum.
● An undying passion for public design, and hearty work ethic
● Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite, GIS, AutoCAD, and Archicad and/or Revit
● Verbal and written Spanish proficiency preferred
● Eligible and authorized to work in the USA


● Healthcare coverage paying 100% of the Blue Cross Blue Shield HSA Plan for you as anindividual
● Reimbursement not to exceed $500 annually for professional development;
● 80 hours vacation
● 40 hours PTO/Sick
● Paid Holidays (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day
● Summer Break - organization determined
● Winter Break - organization determined
● 1 floating Faith Holiday (Good Friday, Yom Kippur, etc)

Position is full time employment

Please email one file containing an interest letter, resume, and work samples (10mb maximum filesize) to: Jennifer Furtney (no phone calls please) at Please reference  “Design Associate” in the subject line of your email.

buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is an Equal Opportunity Employer