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Director of Commercial Architecture

Firm Name: Withee Malcolm Architects
Firm Website:
Job Location: Torrance, CA
Salary Range: Based on Experience

  • Are you a strong designer with the experience to create innovative and effective solutions for commercial, R&D, manufacturing, and industrial facilities?
  • Are you interested in joining a collaborative, design-oriented architectural practice dedicated to finding the best possible architectural solutions and delivering responsive service?

Then, you may be what WITHEE MALCOLM ARCHITECTS (WMA) is looking for!

Founded as a two-man practice 40 years ago, WMA has evolved into a 40-person design firm with an expanding leadership group and diversified project base. Our award-winning firm specializes in commercial office, R&D projects, manufacturing, interior architecture and tenant improvements, high density, multi-family, urban infill and mixed-use projects WMA is seeking a talented and creative, principal-level architect with commitment, enthusiasm, and expertise to join their commercial design team as a Director.  This position reports directly to the WMA Principals.  WMA is looking for a licensed architect with strong business development and marketing skills with a body of work in commercial, industrial and technology projects. Most important is:

  • Ability to direct superior design and manage to achieve constructability for ground up projects as well as renovations, market repositioning, and tenant improvements.
  • Ability to establish the vision for each project and convey it to the client and staff, then establish the architectural direction and oversee successful execution.
  • Ability to represent the firm to clients and the public and articulate design strategy in an effective and persuasive manner in marketing and design presentations.
  • Ability to identify business development opportunities and generate new clients through networking and relationship-building.
  • Commitment to grow into a leadership role at WMA and function as a major client contact, building on opportunities to develop and enrich relationships.
  • Ability to successfully plan, organize, and manage the design process for yourself, your team, and consultants who work with you.
  • Ability to lead as well as contribute to management discussions that will lead to growth and development at an organizational level.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and maintain client relationships.
  • Generate new business for Commercial Architecture.
  • Lead, coach, evaluate and develop next-generation design talent.
  • Represent the firm at meetings and trade events for organizations like the AIA, NAIOP, and ULI.


  • Professional degree in Architecture
  • Architectural registration in California and/or NCARB certification
  • LEED Accreditation
  • At least 15 years of experience in an architectural office working on commercial/industrial projects focused on building design and tenant improvements
  • Superior graphic communication skills, both digital and manual
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD (recent releases), SketchUp, and Revit
  • Working knowledge of local and state codes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

In order to be considered for employment, applicants must be currently eligible to work in the United States and should be able to travel within the USA. Preference will be given to local applicants (within the Los Angeles region).

To Apply for this Position:

Please submit the following materials to <> with the words “Director of Commercial Architecture” in the subject line:

  • Current resume with education, professional experience, academic, civic, and professional activities related to design, marketing, and leadership.
  • Representative examples of your work, with no more than five (5) projects, submitted in digital format, including your role on the project and the firm for whom you worked.

All materials should be submitted as PDF, JPG, or PNG documents and will not be returned. We intentionally limit email attachments to 10MB or less. If your combined materials will exceed this size, please contact us before sending them.

Receipt of applications and materials will be acknowledged within one-week. We will contact those candidates with whom we would like to move forward. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

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