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Architectural Designer






New York City, NY, US


Common is the nation’s leading community-driven property manager, improving city living across 6 cities and for over 650 members. Using our signature approach to perfecting the modern rental experience, Common designs and operates coliving and traditional apartments in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Common’s hands-on, end-to-end property management and technology offering allows us to deliver unparalleled services that address the actual needs of today’s renter while providing significantly above-market returns for our real estate partners. This makes us the preferred choice for city-dwelling adults looking for a stress-free and all-inclusive living environment.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Common’s team. We challenge ourselves every day not just to think about ways to make city living better, but to activate on those ideas in meaningful ways. Our team is comprised of real estate professionals, designers, engineers, salespeople, marketers, client service representatives, and so much more. We work collaboratively, value self-startership, and embrace a “whatever it takes” mentality to ensure our work is done and done well.

Common was founded by General Assembly co-founder Brad Hargreaves and has raised over $65MM in venture funding.

Common is seeking an Architectural Designer to join our Design and Construction Team to create homes for shared living. The ideal candidate will have a Masters Degree in Architecture, and be comfortable in an evolving, fast-paced startup environment. We are looking for an intelligent individual who can navigate the balance between both the qualitative and quantitative; the creative and practical. The position will require the candidate to jump between layouts, calculations, diagramming, drafting, coordination, and illustration. This is an opportunity for a talented thought leader to help conceptualize and execute better housing across multiple cities at a large scale.  
About the Role
The architect’s role at Common is multifaceted. This position primarily requires the candidate to work closely with our internal Real Estate Team to design and analyze for our rapidly expanding pipeline. As our projects range from adaptive reuse of brownstones to ground-up high-rises, the candidate will test-fit layouts and conduct feasibility studies across a wide array of housing typologies.  
In addition to project-specific design, we are constantly refining and challenging our model for shared living. How does architecture encourage spontaneous interaction and foster connectivity? How do we create buildings in which community transcends anonymity? Our designs are built and optimized from a feedback loop from our other teams: real estate, member services, and technology development. Working with this data, the candidate will be verbally and visually communicating ideas through diagramming and illustrations to fold architectural thinking into our brand.
Since Common is not the design architect for our homes, the Architectural Designer will collaborate with our partners’ architects to ensure quality of the brand through advisory and review. Responsibilities will include schematic programming, layouts, coordination with local architects, drawing review, writing specifications, FF&E design, and construction administration. Unlike the experience one would get in a traditional architecture firm, the job will not include production of drawing sets or formal exploration.
This is an excellent opportunity to join an exciting start up at an early stage, as your work will have a meaningful and significant impact on both the member experience and the formation of future processes at Common. The ideal candidate is someone looking for a less traditional career path, and instead act as a hybrid between a real estate developer, a conceptual housing investigator, and an architect. As an Architectural Designer, you will report directly to the Director of Architecture and work closely with peers in the Space Team. You will learn the ins and outs of residential design across multiple cities and multiple scales. With success, your role will expand as Common continues to scale.
  • Master’s Degree in Architecture required
  • 1-2 Years of experience in an architecture/design firm required.  Internship level experience accepted
  • Professional experience in residential design is strongly preferred.
  • Professional experience with US city approvals preferred
  • Portfolio must demonstrate experience or thinking in housing or residential design
  • Eye for interior design and finishes preferred
  • Proficiency in Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign required
  • Candidate must be detail-oriented and comfortable supporting ideas with both qualitative and analytical reasoning
  • Candidate must be very organized and be able to multi-task across large number of projects
  • Must be able to prioritize and organize against near and long-term goals effectively
  • Candidate must be a continuous learner who enjoys researching, testing and implementing best practices
  • Quick adaptation to an expanding variety of platforms, apps, and workflows in a fast-paced startup environment required
  • Candidate must be a direct and proactive communicator who can be independent but ask questions when needed
What We Offer
Common truly values our employees and wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy and professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable and valuable health and wellness benefits for our employees such as paid vacation and sick time, medical, dental and vision insurance, Company paid life insurance, Company paid STD/LTD Insurance, FSA + HSA options, commuter transit benefits, generous paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks!) and a 401K. Additional benefits such as Company equity, paid holidays, weekly team lunches + weekly happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, flexible working hours, job training + development opportunities + a great wellness program are also available. And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees needs are being met.

We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other basis protected under applicable federal or state law.

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