We seek talented collaborators to join the practice. We welcome highly motivated candidates who can work effectively in a team environment and contribute new insights into our office culture. Current openings are listed below.

Headquartered in Somerville, MA with offices in Toronto, Jerusalem, Singapore and Shanghai to support ongoing projects, Safdie Architects is constantly engaged in the design of a diverse range of projects in terms of building type, scale and geographic location. Current work in design and construction includes the National Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina; a residential tower in Manhattan; medical education and research facilities in Sao Paulo, Brazil; a hospital in Cartagena, Colombia; and mixed-use developments in Saudi Arabia, China and Singapore.

Archives Assistant

Safdie Architects is seeking a detail oriented, flexible, motivated, Archives Assistant to work in our Somerville, MA office. The position reports to the Archivist and focuses primarily on management of the Moshe Safdie Archive.

This role assists with the management of a vast collection of unique archival materials in analog and digital formats, including, architectural drawings, Moshe Safdie’s original sketches, architectural models, photographs, artifacts, and A/V. The Archives department collaborates with and supports other groups in the firm, such as Marketing and Communications and IT.

This position is responsible for digital asset management, preservation, records management, scanning, and project close-out activities.

  • Preserve, rehouse, and catalog archival material in various formats.
  • Digitize and process collections, including, original artwork, photographs (slides, negatives, prints), and architectural models.
  • Apply standardized metadata using Adobe Bridge.
  • Edit with Adobe Photoshop and upload scans and metadata to local Omeka site.
  • Organize and inventory architectural drawings and project documentation.
  • Other activities could include assisting with management and preservation of born digital records.

Required Skills

  • Applicants must have ability to work both on their own and directly with a supervisor, have excellent attention to detail in their work, be well organized, and be able to adjust with shifting office priorities.
  • Coursework or experience with metadata creation, controlled vocabularies, preservation of archival material including paper, photographs, A/V.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel required; familiarity with Omeka desired; experience with website creation and/or coding (HTML/CSS, Python, etc) considered an asset.
  • Experience with digital SLR photography a plus.
  • Knowledge of handling fine art, A/V, architectural records and of the architectural design process considered an asset.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and willingness to perform physical tasks as well as focused data entry tasks

Schedule and Salary

$16.00/hour. Internship credit may be possible. For students working towards a Master’s degree in Library Science with a focus in Archives Management, this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience. The position will start immediately, 10-20 hours per week, between 9 AM and 6 PM, Monday – Friday. Opportunity for additional hours during summer.


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format to employment@safdiearchitects.com, subject line Archives Assistant.

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Design Architect

Safdie Architects is seeking experienced designers with exceptional creativity and communication skills to join their design practice.

Design Architects work directly with Moshe Safdie and the firm’s Principals to develop design concepts and architectural ideas and are responsible for organizing and coordinating the design efforts of all members of the design team across multiple projects concurrently. Given the diversity of the firm’s projects, with regards to project type, scale and geographic location, the Design Architect needs to be extremely nimble and be comfortable working within such diversity.

Candidates must be able to effectively supervise and lead teams of junior architects, have demonstrated experience developing and maintaining communication between architects and consultants and a strong knowledge of the design and detailing of complex projects. The position requires experience in the production of concept, schematic and design development documents for large scale, programmatically complex public and private projects. In addition to managing a team and being proficient with the tools of design, candidates need to be keen on being involved directly in the production of design studies, presentations and drawings.

Candidates must be highly motivated, have the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment and possess a willingness to assume both project-wide and office-related responsibility. Aside from involvement on the architectural projects – designers will have the opportunity to work on research driven efforts and assist with publications and exhibitions.

Knowledge and experience requirements:

  • Strong basis in dealing with rational and complex geometries; 
  • An investigative nature and superior problem-solving skills; 
  • Excellent visual and verbal communication skills; 
  • Expertise in AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe Suite and various rendering software; 
  • Proficiency in REVIT and experience with BIM preferred; 
  • All applicants must have the authorization to work within the United States.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format to employment@safdiearchitects.com

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BIM / Technology Manager

Safdie Architects is seeking an experienced and hands-on BIM / Technology Manager with excellent communication and organizational skills.

As a role designed to support the design teams, the BIM / Technology Manager works directly with all of the firm’s Project Managers to ensure the stable operation of all design and management software and coordinate across all of the firm’s ongoing projects.

He/she will ensure that SA is up to date on BIM standards and technology, provide the necessary training and support to staff and ensure best practice use of our Project Information Management system (Newforma). He/she will be expected to interact and coordinate with their peers with our consultants’ offices and act as the liaison between our in-house IT Manager and outsourced IT vendor for issues as they come up with regards to software and hardware.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible for BIM standards development, implementation, and enforcement;
  • Coordination and management of BIM project data sets/workflows and project set up;
  • Development and configuration of BIM and PIMS software (with IT Manager);
  • Provide technical support for BIM enabling software applications to the project team; Provide or organize training for new hires and continuous training for current staff;
  • Assist project teams with modeling, detailing and multi-discipline coordination and collision checking;
  • Conduct research on new and emerging BIM technologies and standards or technologies/standards that can be leveraged through existing CAD investments;
  • Manage software products including but not limited to incorporating latest version releases and customization of the product;

Knowledge and experience requirements:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience working in the building design/construction environment;
  • Highly proficient in Revit, Rhino and AutoCAD;
  • Proficient in Office 365 products and services;
  • Working knowledge in Dynamo and Grasshopper;
  • Working knowledge of Newforma;
  • Knowledge of IT Hardware and Software network infrastructure;
  • Ability to prioritize and plan for work activities in a timely manner;
  • All applicants must have the authorization to work within the United States.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format to employment@safdiearchitects.com

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Architectural Designer

Safdie Architects is seeking junior designers with exceptional creativity and communication skills to join the practice.

The position requires experience in the production of concept, schematic and design development documents for large scale, programmatically complex public and private projects. The architectural designer will be involved on a project from concept through completion, working directly with Moshe Safdie and the firm’s Design Principals to develop and execute the design.

In addition to an aptitude for design and problem solving, candidates must be highly motivated and have the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment. Safdie Architects relies heavily on the building of physical models, the use of advanced digital design software and techniques, rapid-prototyping, etc. – candidates must have demonstrated skills in these areas. 

Aside from involvement on the architectural projects – designers will have the opportunity to work on research driven efforts and assist with publications and exhibitions.

Knowledge and experience requirements:

  • Expertise in AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe Suite and rendering software (Maxwell);
  • Excellent visual and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong working knowledge of REVIT and experience with BIM preferred;
  • All applicants must have the authorization to work within the United States.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format to employment@safdiearchitects.com

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Graphic Designer

Safdie Architects is seeking a graphic designer with exceptional visual and verbal communication skills to join the design practice.

As a role that spans the architectural and communications sides of the practice, the Graphic Designer will work directly with the firm’s Principals to develop print and digital materials for all aspects of the practice:

  • qualifications, proposals and other new business initiatives
  • social media
  • award submissions
  • short-run publications, look-books and other collateral 

Additionally, the Graphic Designer will have the opportunity to support the architectural team on design competitions and assist the external teams and designers working on exhibitions and publications of the firm’s work.

Candidates must be highly motivated and have the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment and possess a willingness to assume both project-wide and office-related responsibilities.

Knowledge and experience requirements:

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Experience working with outside vendors and print production standards;
  • Working knowledge of digital editing and compositing tools (including 3D visualization and video editing) is preferred;
  • Prior experience working in an architectural or design practice is preferred;

· All applicants must have current authorization to work within the United States.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and work samples in PDF format to employment@safdiearchitects.com

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