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"Working on healthcare projects—renovating patient care spaces and labs to create comfortable and productive environments—has been part of my career plan. The Laney College architecture program gave me a great foundation, and I have built on that through my work with Hilliard Architects."
Jorge Navarro,
​​​​​​​Associate AIA, CDT, CSI

Make a Difference

Hilliard Architects is actively looking for architectural candidates. We want the best talent—people who demonstrate long-term potential, who will drive better business outcomes and challenge the way we think. We have a strong commitment to facilitating and ensuring workplace equality. Our succession planning guarantees that potential leaders can be promoted from within the firm.

Hilliard Architects is a powerhouse of projects and ideas. Here are some of the good things about working with us:
  • There are no sidelines here. Everyone’s in the game. Everyone is important and contributes to the team—at all levels. You’ll be rewarded with a sense of the importance of what you do. And you’ll know that your contributions matter.
  • Variety is the spice of life. You’ll get the chance to play different roles and try new things—on different types of projects. One day you might be working on a conceptual design. The next morning you could be in the field documenting existing conditions, and in the afternoon you might be part of the presentation to win a new client.
  • Strong personal relationships. Smaller firms tend to foster lasting relationships. Whether that’s with fellow employees, clients, consulting engineers, or sales reps, you get to know each other well when there are only a few people in the room. Working closely together helps us understand each other’s strengths, interests, and how best to use our talents. You’ll also find that your opinions matter and that we value what you bring to the table.
  • Recognition. When people ask about a project our firm did, everyone can take credit. There isn’t one group that gets to do all the fun work and get all the glory. We’re all in this together. We’re a team.
  • Less management. Last but not least, who wants more managers?! So while you may work closely with the other people in the firm, we want motivated self-starters who can manage their own time and workflow to meet deadlines efficiently.
Hilliard Architects is based in Downtown Oakland, so there’s never a dull moment. We’re next to the 12th Street BART station for an easy commute. We enjoy great views of the city and the bay — and if food is your thing, there are lots of great choices. And our newly renovated building is LEED Gold Certified and features a locked bike parking room (and showers).

What we’d like to see from you.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Architectural Design Technician or equivalent, with demonstrable experience in design and detailing
  • Master’s degree in Architecture or a California Architect’s License is a plus
  • Team player with leadership skills with a flexible and open attitude
  • Knowledge of and proven practical background in Autodesk Revit
  • The ability to support a team with good collaboration skills

Introduce Yourself

We’d love to hear from you.
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“It’s really great to get to work on projects from beginning to end. We all get to experience each part of how a project comes together.“

- Justin, Architect at Hilliard Architects