Junior Architect/DesignerSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Every building, no matter how large or small, is the result of a team of talented professionals working — often behind the scenes — to design and build it. One of these team members is the junior architect/designer. 

Junior architect/designers typically work at architectural or engineering firms, using their talents to support various architectural projects. They work on many things, including helping prepare architectural plans and designs, assisting in essential presentations, and helping develop and finalize building plans.

The nature of their work is typically entirely collaborative, working as part of a team under the supervision of a senior architect or lead designer. 

Sample job description #1

We are committed to being a great place to work that fosters the professional growth of every individual through a relaxed, collaborative and dynamic work environment.

Our group is an award winning mid-sized design studio dedicated to delivering creative public transit design solutions that elevate and strengthen the communities they serve.

We are looking for a Junior Architectural Designer / Intern Architect with an interest in complex projects from start to finish. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of experience in an architectural office and be an out-of-the-box thinker with a holistic understanding of the design process and a talent for developing creative design ideas. This is a great opportunity for a passionate and creative mind to take on dynamic and challenging projects and be part of creative design initiatives on transit projects both locally and internationally.

Most of the things you’ll work on:

  • Collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team (engineering, urban design and others) to support the design and construction of rapid transit projects in Canada and the United States.
  • Assist with creating and developing station designs, functional layouts, diagrams and presentation materials based on complex programming requirements including public and service areas.
  • Developing construction documents
  • Assisting in the construction administration phase: general review, site instructions, change orders and interpretation of contract specifications.
  • Assist the Senior team members with other tasks including updating logs and checklists

You’ll need to have:

  • Minimum Degree in Architecture
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in an architectural firm
  • Proficiency with Revit and BIM software, 3D Rendering, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Well organized with the ability to manage time and deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently within a collaborative team.
  • Proactive and detail oriented
  • Creative and collaborative with a passion for designing and detailing
  • Analytical thinker and problem solver
  • Desire to grow within a team environment
  • Experience in transit station design will be considered an asset

Sample job description #2

ABC Company is looking for a Junior Architectural Designer to join our growing Architecture team. Our projects include work for city and state agencies and range from industrial pump stations for the NYC DEP to aesthetic design requirements for NYCHA’s Comprehensive Modernization program. We are looking for a candidate who is excited about public, civic, and infrastructure architecture, with the flexibility to work in varied capacities from survey work in the field to design documents, 3D renderings, word processing, data organization, in the office.

Core competencies

  • Drafting proficiency in Revit and CAD (rendering skills a plus!)
  • Ability to read and understand constructions documents
  • Ability to collect and record survey information.
  • Proficient in Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent research and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of building codes and standards
  • Located in the NY Metro or Westchester area and ability to travel to field visits in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.
  • Ability to interact well with customers and co-workers, in the field and at the office.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, or Master of Architecture
  • Prior experience working in an architecture or A/E firm preferred but not required.
  • 1-3 years
  • Active participation in AXP and on licensure track.

Sample job description #3

As a Junior Architectural Designer at ABC Company you will be responsible for collaborating with lead Designers to develop and document designs for a wide variety of high-performance K-12 public and independent school, higher education, healthcare, cultural and performing arts, civic and justice projects. You will coordinate and collaborate with team members in multiple disciplines to maintain project schedule and design quality through all phases of small to large and complex projects. ABC Company team members will mentor you and ensure that you receive the breadth of experience required for licensure. As a member of one of our integrated design teams you will create architecture that elevates the human experience through design.

If you are a collaborative thought leader with a strategic mindset and want to grow with the nation’s dynamic leader in school design, this is the position for you. If you are a collaborative thought leader with a strategic mindset and want to grow with one of the nation’s leading design firms, this is the position for you. ABC Company is 100% employee-owned so you will have the opportunity for ownership in the Firm within a year of joining it. We rely on all our employee-owners to apply their financial acumen and creativity to grow the Firm profitably.

The successful candidate will

  • Collaborate with other team members to identify and propose solutions to design challenges.
  • Provide design input, feedback and support from master planning and concept design through construction documents.
  • Produce accurate documents aligned with firm standards for project assignments.
  • Communicate to Lead Designers, Project Manager on progress of assignments according to the established project schedule and workplan.
  • Ensure project information is incorporated into project documents clearly and appropriately.

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree in Architecture from an accredited program.
  • 0 to 3 years previous design team experience on small to large and complex public and private projects.
  • Basic understanding and technical knowledge of architectural drafting and design.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer modeling and rendering software such as Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-Up, InDesign, Rhino, Lumion, and Enscape.
  • Strong commitment to sustainable design and climate action.
  • Commitment to pursuing professional licensure.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States without need for work visa or residency sponsorship.

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for junior architect/designer is $65,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$64,650$87,450
Los Angeles, California$72,950$98,650
Denver, Colorado$60,750$82,250
Washington, DC$74,050$100,150
Miami, Florida$60,450$81,850
Orlando, Florida$55,800$75,450
Tampa, Florida$56,350$76,250
Atlanta, Georgia$59,100$79,950
Chicago, Illinois$67,950$91,950
Boston, Massachusetts$73,450$99,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$58,550$79,250
New York City, New York$77,350$104,650
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$62,950$85,200
Dallas, Texas$61,350$82,950
Houston, Texas$61,050$82,550
Seattle, Washington$70,700$95,650
National Average$55,250$74,750

Sample interview questions

  • Why are you deciding to leave your current job?
  • What projects of ours do you like the most?
  • What skills are important to obtain when it comes to being an architect/designer?
  • What made you decide to become a junior architect/designer?
  • How would you describe your style of work as a designer/architect?
  • How do you keep yourself motivated?
  • What do you do in order to keep up with the latest trends in this industry?
  • What duties are you responsible for?
  • Can you tell us how you decide which work to prioritize?
  • Would you say you are an organized person?
  • Have you ever had a challenging project? What was the end result?
  • What would you say your best skill sets are?
  • What are your multitasking skills like?
  • How do you ensure that you are being compliant with the laws and regulations required to follow as an architect?
  • Do you work well with others?
  • Are you project management professional (PMP) certified?
  • How would you say your mathematical skills are?
  • Do you enjoy collaborating with other designer architects?

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