June 12, 2024

Senior Designer, WA ARCHITECTS LTD, Vancouver


From offices in downtown Vancouver and Victoria, WA Architects Ltd. provides a full range of architectural, planning and interior design services. With more than forty years of practice in Western Canada, our firm is widely recognized for expertise in retail, residential, mixed-use, office and senior health-care projects. We are dedicated to high quality design, exceptional client service and the incorporation of sustainable design principles in our projects.


For our Vancouver office, we are seeking a Senior Designer to take the lead on the design process for a variety of project types with the following required skills and expertise:


  • Minimum 8 years’ relevant architectural and master planning design experience in the Canadian Architectural Industry (BC experience preferred). At least 15 years of overall professional experience in the architectural industry.
  • Graduate of a certified Building Technology or Architectural program in a professionally recognized institution.
  • Proven ability to take the lead in Schematic Design and Design Development of a project.
  • Multi-disciplinary experience, specifically high-rises, townhomes, mixed-use residential and multi-family residential, both new designs and renovations
  • Demonstrated expertise in building technology including wood frame, steel and concrete construction.
  • Advanced skills in AutoCAD and Sketchup. Working knowledge of Revit would be an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of the BC Building Code Part 3, Part 9 and ASHRAE 90.1 (understanding of NECB would be an asset).
  • Understanding of sustainable design considerations.
  • Demonstrate design sensibilities while being pragmatic.
  • Knowledgeable in zoning, detailing and constructability.
  • Experienced with conducting client presentations, making design recommendations and adjusting designs in accordance with client needs and government/safety standards.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with all stakeholders including: engineers, designers, and contractors
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.
  • Ability to meet challenges head-on, manage priorities and meet tight deadlines while demonstrating flexibility and a high level of resourcefulness.
  • Experience or willingness to mentor junior team members would be an asset.
  • Ability to articulate alignment with our WA Guiding Principles
  • Cultivated problem solving skills and self-motivated to move projects forward.


Salary range for this role is $105,000-$130,000, depending on experience.

What we offer:

  • Engaging and energetic work environment with an approachable management/ownership team.
  • We recognize our hard work with Friday afternoon socials, office-wide lunches, social activities outside the office and annual Family Day picnics.
  • We provide group health benefits, on-site gym facilities and a hybrid work schedule

What we’re about:

  • We value honesty, integrity, communication, leadership, and design excellence.
  • We work hard for our clients to deliver projects that go beyond their expectations and have them coming back for more.
  • We foster our values with an open-door policy and a hard working yet casual approach to our business.
  • We go beyond with our support of non-profit organizations and causes in our community. We provide support annually to Drive for the Cure and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. We participate as a team in runs for a cause (ex. Scotiabank 5km) and provide sponsorship throughout the year to organizations within our industry.


Enough about us. If you feel like you’re a good fit with WA, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please email your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to [email protected]. Include your name and the position, Senior Designer (Vancouver), in the subject of your email. We thank all who apply, but will only be contacting applicants who meet all of our requirements.


WA Architects is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and equal opportunity for all applicants. If you require any accommodations throughout the recruitment process, please let us know and we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate.

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to
[email protected]

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