Project Architect

Job Location

On Site

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Type of Job

Full Time

Published Date

March 4, 2020, 10:00:00 PM

About the job

Our purpose is to help individuals and organizations with real estate change. Our vision is to change the way projects are delivered through design led construction. SHYFT offers traditional services through an Integrated Project Delivery model we believe allows clients to better achieve their “Why”. We’ve built a creative problem-solving culture where each team member goes beyond their traditional practice to influence projects from beginning to end. Our goal is to create: A BETTER WAY TO A BETTER SPACE.

SHYFT Collective is searching for a full-time Project Architect in our Des Moines, Iowa office. The role will require multiple skills and be involved in our full suite of integrated project delivery services. This position will work to create beautifully crafted design solutions and expected to participate in, and at times lead execution within the field. Each team member is expected to achieve their “Why” by articulating personal goals and working with leadership to maximize those opportunities. We are specifically looking for architects who deliver award-worthy design solutions for our national portfolio of projects based in offices from Iowa, Ohio, and Arizona.

This position is intended to help our integrated project delivery model through developing, designing, and delivering beautifully crafted architectural built solutions. We believe in achieving firm and personal purpose. Architects are expected to elevate the SHYFT design brand, dialogue, process, and projects within our unique model. Projects include custom modern single family residential, high-end and affordable multifamily housing, hospitality, higher education, corporate workplace, healthcare, government & municipal, and mixed-use commercial.

We encourage qualified candidates to submit by email a resume, cover letter and work samples to:

Applicants should submit work samples in advance of any potential interviews. Work samples should ideally be one PDF attachment and maximum 20 pages at 6 MB.


This position allows for exceptional career advancement for those interested in growing beyond traditional architectural practice. The role will include (but not be limited to):

  • Elevating the design brand and marketing it throughout Iowa while assisting national markets and projects

  • Providing architectural consultation in strategic planning, programming, design, and construction

  • Coordinating with colleagues, clients, & sub-consultants for quality assurance and quality control

  • Providing mentorship, guidance, and support to assigned staff

  • Leading preparation and/or oversight of design documents including 3D models [Sketchup, REVIT, Enscape, etc.]

  • Demonstrating proactive client interaction and service in a timely and efficient manner

  • Responsible for interpreting, organizing, and executing architectural design assignments and documents

  • Communication responsibilities including documentation of project decisions and correspondence, conducting project meetings, distribution of minutes, and preparation of project status reports

  • Working with the full team to create simple, refined, and beautifully crafted design and built solutions with every opportunity


Please submit your resume, cover letter, and work  to


For this position we can offer an annual salary, signing bonus, mid-year and end of year bonus opportunities, and a competitive benefits package. A few benefit highlights include:

  • Paid holidays (Total of nine (9) days - New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving/Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Christmas)

  • Paid personal time - three (3) weeks/year with the ability to gain additional PTO

  • Annual membership dues for AIA and other professional registrations

  • The needed flexible technology hardware and software programs required to do your best work

  • Company provided parking

  • Flexible work schedule with work/life blend and targeted average hours

  • Competitive healthcare or a stipend option ($140/month) for those who do not use SHYFT provided plans

About us

At SHYFT Collective, our mission is to provide integrated real estate, design, and construction services that help people and organizations navigate real estate change with confidence.


1300 Walnut St, Suite 100, Des Moines, IA 50309