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Project Architect - Iowa

Job Location

Des Moines, IA

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Published Date

October 3, 2023 at 2:00:00 PM

About the job

At SHYFT, our purpose is to help individuals and organizations with a better way to a better space. Our vision is to change the way projects are delivered through an integrated Plan | Design | Build model that 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 team of architects, interior designers, construction managers, project managers, and owner’s representatives provide an unbiased and well-rounded perspective that allows our team to create custom solutions for each client. We have locations in Columbus, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; and Phoenix, Arizona. (We love capital cities.)

SHYFT is seeking a full-time Project Architect for our Des Moines, IA office to support our architecture and interior design efforts. We are searching for a licensed architect or architectural associate candidate with 6-10 years of experience. The role will require multiple skills and will be involved in our full suite of Plan | Design | Build services. Candidates for this position will work with a team of talented professionals to create thoughtful, well-crafted design solutions from inception to execution and every step in between.

This position is intended to help our Plan | Design | Build model through developing, designing, and delivering beautifully crafted architectural solutions. Team members are expected to elevate the SHYFT design brand, dialogue, process, and projects within our unique model. Projects include high-end and affordable multifamily housing, hospitality, higher education, corporate workplace, healthcare, government and municipal, and mixed-use commercial.

Responsibilities include: 

  • 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, and sub-consultants for quality assurance and quality control

  • Preparation 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 project status reports

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

  • Other duties as assigned

Each team member is expected to achieve their “Why” by articulating personal goals and working with leadership to maximize those opportunities. This position allows for exceptional career advancement for those interested in growing beyond a traditional architectural practice.

Our targeted start date is flexible and starting salaries will be based on experience and skill. 

To apply: 

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


  • Professional degree in architecture plus 6-10 years of related experience

  • On track for architectural licensure

  • Proficiency in REVIT software for preparation of design documents

  • Proficiency in other graphical representation software programs (Enscape, Adobe Suite, etc.)

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

  • Provide professional architectural consultation in the planning, design, and coordination of complex projects

  • Effective verbal, written and graphic communication and mentorship skills

  • Strong conceptualization and ideation skills

  • Working both independently and collaboratively with our team to create simple, refined, and beautifully crafted design solutions with every opportunity

  • An eagerness to learn, always curious


For this position, we offer a flexible work culture, annual salary, multiple bonus opportunities, and a competitive benefits package, including: 

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

  • Paid personal time - Three weeks/year with the ability to gain additional PTO

  • Annual membership dues for AIA and other professional registrations, as applicable

  • Flexible technology, including hardware and software programs required to do your best work

  • Company-provided parking

  • Ultimate flexible work schedule with work/life blend

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

About us

At SHYFT, our mission is to provide a better way to a better space through our integrated Plan | Design | Build model.


Des Moines, IA, USA

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