Backen & Gillam Architects is an internationally recognized design firm known for spaces such as Sundance Mountain Resort, Esperanza Resort, Promontory Winery, the Restoration Hardware Gallery stores (created within iconic buildings in Boston, Chicago, & New York City) and numerous celebrity and high-profile client residences (as recently featured in the June 2021 issue of Architectural Digest.) The bestselling architecture and design book, From the Land, published by Rizzoli, illustrates many of the firm’s projects. BG Architects has offices in Sausalito, St. Helena, Los Angeles, and Montecito, California.
BG Architects is currently looking for candidates, for all of its offices, who are self-starting individuals, share a drive for creating great work in a collaborative environment, and seek to balance the art and science of architecture.
Although BG Architect’s staff is currently working remotely, we expect that when it is safe to transition from remote work to working in a shared office environment, candidates will be able to have a physical presence at one of BG Architect’s office locations on a flexible basis.
Applicants must show experience and interest in all aspects of the design and construction process and look forward to being part of an enthusiastic team. BG Architects is accepting applications for architectural staff with a minimum of three years through twenty plus years of experience in varying project types, ranging from large scale custom residential to high end commercial, winery or hospitality experience.
Please e-mail your resume and portfolio with examples of technical documentation in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt, we will review and contact you should your qualifications meet our staffing needs. No phone calls please.
BG Architects provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.
Applicants must have 3 to 20+ years of strong design and/or technical experience in a professional setting. Applicants must also be comfortable working directly with senior staff in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate a strong aptitude in the following areas:
REVIT and AutoCAD
Adobe Creative Suite
Design and technical detailing
Construction Documentation experience
Lumion visualization capabilities (a plus)
Dexterity with hand drawing capabilities (a plus)
Working within a collaborative team
About Backen & Gillam Architects
Backen and Gillam Architects is an award winning architectural design firm formed in 1996. The firm has three offices, one located in Sausalito near the San Francisco Bay waterfront, an office in St. Helena adjacent to the restaurant, Archetype and our newly opened satellite office in Beverly Hills. Principals Howard J. Backen, Jim Gillam, John Taft, Luca Pignata, Silvia Nobili and Kirby Lee, along with the firm’s 70 employees, bring a wide range of experience to Backen & Gillam projects. This collective experience enables the firm to provide clients with the very best in design and project management in a number of specialty building types, including private residences, resorts, restaurants and wineries. We are now also offering a Lifestyle service on all of our projects. In the twenty-two years since its opening, the firm has designed over 60 upscale homes, 40 wineries, seven major resorts, 20 restaurants, a new line of retail stores for RH (Restoration Hardware) and Williams Sonoma Home, an equestrian center, The Napa Valley Reserve (a private members-only vineyard and winery which has approximately 400 members), and the Performing Arts Center for St. Helena, CA. Aside from be...ing featured in numerous publications, many of the firm’s projects have earned coveted design industry awards, including Hospitality Design Magazine’s Best “Green” Design, First Honor Awards from AIA/Housing Magazine and the Presidential Award for Design Excellence. In 1992, Howard J. Backen was awarded a Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, which is the highest honor in the profession, and served as a juror for the 2001 California AIA awards. The firm has been featured as one of the top 100 Architects in Architectural Digest (2007-2014) and one of the top 30 in the Robb Report.