Job Openings

Residential Project Architects are responsible for the daily operation of the project and development of the documentation including:

  • Building and maintaining the client and consultant relationships
  • Managing project schedule
  • Generating design concepts in conjunction with the partner-in-charge
  • Preparing presentations of proposed design studies
  • Developing design concepts through design development
  • Driving the design execution through Construction Documents
  • Interface with building and permitting officials
  • Developing details and overseeing construction drawings
  • Overall quality control including red-marking and drawing review
  • Coordinate the bidding process and advise the owner on contractor selection
  • Being the primary contact for the owner and contractor during construction
  • Ensuring that submittals and RFIs are responded to promptly
  • Attending OAC meetings including both virtual and in-person site meetings with both owners and contractors
  • Punch listing
  • Managing and producing project closeout documents

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of 6 years of experience
  • Have a professional degree in Architecture (B-Arch or M-Arch) or foreign equivalent
  • Architectural registration or an equivalent foreign certification is preferred
  • Be comfortable leading teams, managing stakeholders, and running meetings
  • Have experience negotiating project scope and fees
  • Have knowledge of building codes and standards, materials, and construction techniques
  • Be committed to principles of DEI
  • Be committed to principles of sustainable design and supporting our AIA 2030 Commitment
  • Be skilled at navigating telephone, email and virtual meeting etiquette
  • Be able to communicate design intent quickly and clearly through sketches or simple markups.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience delivering on time and on budget residential projects
  • Be adept at switching focus and multi-tasking
  • Have thorough knowledge and comfort with, at a minimum:
    • AutoCAD
    • Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Suite
    • at least one approach to rendering.
  • Be willing to learn:
    • Bluebeam
    • Revit
    • Rhino and/or Sketchup

This is not a remote position. VMA permits some amount of remote work, but we believe in the importance of the communal studio in quality assurance, your professional development, and our evolution as a community.

Please send your résumé and portfolio to Kim Wajda at wajda@vma1.com.

Project Managers are responsible for the daily operation of a project and development of its documentation, including:

  • Assisting in proposal writing, fee development, and interviews
  • Building and maintaining the client, stakeholder, and consultant relationships
  • Creating and managing project budget and schedule
  • Track financial performance of projects
  • Generating design concepts in conjunction with the partner-in-charge
  • Preparing presentations of proposed design studies
  • Developing design concepts through design development
  • Driving the design execution through Construction Documents
  • Interface with building and permitting officials
  • Developing details and overseeing construction drawings
  • Overall quality control including red-marking and drawing review
  • Coordinate the bidding process and advise the owner on contractor selection
  • Being the primary contact for the owner and contractor during construction
  • Ensuring that submittals and RFIs are responded to promptly
  • Attending OAC meetings including both virtual and in-person site meetings with both owners and contractors
  • Punchlisting
  • Managing and producing project closeout documents

Engaged VMA team members typically participate in other parts of the firm’s operation beyond the basic job definition, according to their interests or abilities: serving on one of several sustainability action committees, the professional development fund allocation committee, participating in affinity groups for preservation or project types, assisting in technology support, providing support in the model shop, or engaging in business development opportunities are all examples.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of 6 years of experience,
  • Have a professional degree in Architecture (B-Arch or M-Arch) or foreign equivalent
  • Architectural registration or an equivalent foreign certification is preferred.
  • Be comfortable leading teams, managing stakeholders, and running meetings.
  • Have experience negotiating project scope and fees
  • Have knowledge of building codes and standards, materials, and construction techniques
  • Be committed to principles of DEI
  • Be committed to principles of sustainable design and supporting our AIA 2030 Commitment
  • Be skilled at navigating telephone, email and virtual meeting etiquette
  • Be able to communicate design intent quickly and clearly through sketches or simple markups.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience delivering on time and on budget projects to complex client types.
  • Be adept at switching focus and multi-tasking
  • Have working knowledge of and comfort with, at a minimum:
    • Revit
    • AutoCAD
    • Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Suites
    • Bluebeam
    • Project Scheduling Software
  • Be comfortable giving direction for:
    • Rhino/Sketchup
    • Climate Studio
    • WUFI analysis tools

This is not a remote position. VMA permits some amount of remote work, but we believe in the importance of the communal studio in quality assurance, your professional development, and our evolution as a community.

Please send your résumé and portfolio to Kim Wajda at wajda@vma1.com.

Project Architect/Designers, Level 2 are responsible for the production and coordination of project documentation, including:

  • Review and contribute to proposal, fee development, and interviews, including participation as appropriate.
  • Building and maintaining client, stakeholder, and consultant relationships
  • Ownership of the Revit model
  • Coordination of the consultant team, vendors, contractors, and clients.
  • Managing the internal team workflow.
  • Developing and executing the details of the design in coordination with the Project Manager, the Partner in Charge, and the Senior Design Partner.
  • Managing and producing the project documentation including specifications
  • Attendance at and participation in client meetings
  • Being responsible for submittal review, RFI response, and project schedule adherence during construction.
  • Attending OAC meetings including both virtual and in-person site meetings with both owners and contractors
  • Punchlisting
  • Producing project closeout documents
  • As part of their professional growth, Project Architects often manage smaller projects under the direct supervision of a partner.

Engaged VMA team members typically participate in other parts of the firm’s operation beyond the basic job definition, according to their interests or abilities: serving on one of several sustainability action committees, the professional development fund allocation committee, participating in affinity groups for preservation or project types, assisting in technology support, providing support in the model shop, or engaging in business development opportunities are all examples.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of 4 years of experience
  • Have a professional degree (B-Arch or M-Arch)
  • Architectural registration or an equivalent foreign certification is encouraged.
  • Be comfortable working in a team environment leading others
  • Have knowledge of building codes and standards
  • Have knowledge of materials and construction techniques
  • Be committed to principles of DEI
  • Be committed to principles of sustainable design and supporting our AIA 2030 Commitment
  • Be able to communicate clearly through sketches, markups, written and verbal methods
  • Understand telephone, email, and virtual meeting etiquette.
  • Have thorough knowledge and comfort with, at a minimum:
    • Revit
    • AutoCAD
    • Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Suite
    • at least one approach to rendering.
  • Be willing to learn:
    • Bluebeam
    • Rhino and/or Sketchup
    • Climate Studio
    • WUFI analysis tools

This is not a remote position. VMA permits some amount of remote work, but we believe in the importance of the communal studio in quality assurance, your professional development, and our evolution as a community.

Please send your résumé and portfolio to Kim Wajda at wajda@vma1.com.

Project Designers, Level 1 are responsible for the documentation of projects, including:

  • Contribute to proposal efforts including concept design and rendering.
  • Understanding and reinforcing client, stakeholder, and consultant relationships
  • Development of the Revit model
  • Interface with consultant team, vendors, and contractors
  • Researching, understanding, and developing project details under the supervision of the PA.
  • Producing the project documentation
  • Assisting the PA and PM in any tasks the project requires to run smoothly.
  • Preparation for client meetings
  • Developing an understanding of building and zoning codes and regulations
  • Assisting in submittal review, RFI response, and management of the associated administrative tasks.
  • Attendance at construction meetings and assisting in site observation are commonly expected.
  • Punchlisting
  • Preparing project closeout documentation under the supervision of the PA and PM.
  • As part of their professional development, Designers sometimes run small projects directly under the supervision of a partner.

Engaged VMA team members typically participate in other parts of the firm’s operation beyond the basic job definition, according to their interests or abilities: serving on one of several sustainability action committees, the professional development fund allocation committee, participating in affinity groups for preservation or project types, assisting in technology support, providing support in the model shop, or engaging in business development opportunities are all examples.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Have a professional degree in Architecture (B-Arch or M-Arch)
    • In lieu of a professional degree, a Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with a portfolio and references.
  • Be ambitious about developing their professional skills
  • Be enthusiastic about exploring new concepts at their own instigation.
  • Be comfortable taking direction in a team environment
  • Have the ability to understand building codes and standards
  • Be committed to principles of DEI
  • Be committed to principles of sustainable design and supporting our AIA 2030 Commitment
  • Be able to communicate clearly through sketches, markups, written and verbal methods
  • Understand telephone, email, and virtual meeting etiquette
  • Have competency in, at a minimum:
    • Revit
    • Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Suite
    • at least one approach to rendering
  • Be prepared to learn:
    • Bluebeam
    • Rhino and/or Sketchup
    • Climate Studio
    • WUFI analysis tools
  • A solid understanding of the characteristics of, and experience with, good drafting in another medium, including hand drafting, is an acceptable alternative to Revit/AutoCAD experience.

This is not a remote position. VMA permits some amount of remote work, but we believe in the importance of the communal studio in quality assurance, your professional development, and our evolution as a community.

Please send your résumé and portfolio to Kim Wajda at wajda@vma1.com.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for supporting marketing, business development, and general office administrative functions. Under the management of the Director of Communications, the coordinator will contribute to tasks like:

  • The preparation of RFQ/RFP submissions and client interviews
  • Responding to requests for logos or other visual identity
  • Collaborating with the Visual Communications Coordinator on award submissions, advertisements, etc.
  • Producing social media content
  • Updating the firm website

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Are comfortable working in a deadline-driven environment
  • Are committed to principles of DEI
  • Are enthusiastic about growing their professional skills in a team-oriented environment
  • Can communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels of the firm
  • Understand telephone, email, and virtual meeting etiquette
  • Have competency, at a minimum, in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Office Suite

The ideal candidate will also:

  • Have familiarity working within the AEC industry
  • Bring previous experience in a communications or marketing role
  • Have competency in WordPress, CRM systems, and/or social media management

This is not a remote position. VMA permits some amount of remote work, but we believe in the importance of the communal studio in quality assurance, your professional development, and our evolution as a community.

Please send your résumé and cover letter to Kim Wajda at wajda@vma1.com.

We are looking to hire a Financial Accounts Manager to manage the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other contractual aspects of the firm’s projects.  Reporting directly to the Director of Business and Human Resources, the Financial Accounts Manager will be expected to:

  • Accounts Payable
    • Receive and track consultant invoices and vendor invoices.
    • Maintain vendor accounts and software licensing.
    • Make payments on a schedule coordinated with the Director of Business.
    • Maintain records of expenditures.
  • Accounts Receivable
    • Partner with the Director of Business to create and send invoices to clients.
    • Receive and track payments received from clients.
    • Follow-up on past-due accounts.
  • Project Management Coordination
    • Maintain records and track status of project contracts and proposals.
    • Review the status of projects monthly with project managers to confirm project status and billings.
    • Track projected staffing utilization against projected project billings.
  • Coordinate invoices and purchase orders for the Interior Design Studio.

 

The successful candidate will:

  • Have similar previous work experience; 5 or more years of work experience in a design-related business or other professional business is preferred, but not required
  • Have at minimum a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field; a Master of Business Administration degree is preferred
  • Have a firm understanding of business management best practices
  • Have working knowledge of and comfort with, at minimum
    • Deltek Ajera (preferred) or similar business management software
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Bluebeam Revu (preferred) or Adobe Acrobat.
  • Be adept at switching focus and multi-tasking
  • Be skilled at navigating telephone, email, and virtual meeting etiquette
  • Be comfortable working in a team environment
  • Be committed to principles of DEI
  • Be committed to sustainable business practices and supporting our AIA 2030 Commitment
  • Career growth into additional responsibility is a possibility, depending on the background and abilities of the successful candidate.

This is not a remote position. VMA permits some amount of remote work, but we believe in the importance of the in-person environment for communication, professional development, and our evolution as a community.

Please send your résumé and portfolio to Kim Wajda at wajda@vma1.com.

Join a firm that believes in the power of architecture to move and inspire us all.

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We welcome anyone who shares our love for design and who will join us in giving back to our communities. Our staff supports our mission to create an architecture that embodies innovation in the context of tradition.

In our more than 30 years of practice, we have come to understand that a vibrant, dynamic, diverse, equitable, and well-managed studio culture is the starting point of great design work and a sustainable business.

Work with focus.

Your professional growth matters to us. At VMA we:

  • Offer a strong mentorship program
  • Train everyone with dynamic presentation skills
  • Provide “green” reimbursements for sustainability accreditation
  • Cover AIA membership dues for registered architects
  • Support licensure study materials and support internal affinity groups
  • Have Monday morning all-staff meetings
  • Have a robust schedule of professional development seminars
  • Offer an employee-administered professional development scholarship fund

Live with enthusiasm.

We care about our team, and we:

  • Have an office softball team
  • Schedule company-wide happy hours
  • Host an employee holiday party in December
  • Throw a gala office party to celebrate our anniversary
  • Provide all-system SEPTA Key Advantage pass
  • Support gym memberships
  • High-level health and employer-matched retirement benefits
  • Provide a paid service day

VMA team members teach, volunteer, and advocate for organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Furthermore, we embrace any opportunity to welcome students and aspiring designers into our studio to share with them our experiences and knowledge.

Community Outreach

VMA and its staff currently volunteer with the following organizations:

  • AIA Philadelphia Chapter
  • Association of Physical Plant Administrators Delaware Valley Chapter
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia
  • The Community Design Collaborative
  • Design Leadership Network
  • DesignPhiladelphia
  • Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Architecture Program
  • Germantown Friends School
  • The Franklin Institute Pacts Program
  • Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
  • Julian Krinsky Camps + Programs
  • Marple Township Historical Commission
  • Philadelphia Historical Commission
  • Philadelphia Youth Basketball
  • The Shipley School Alumni Committee
  • South of South Neighborhood Association
  • New Castle County Historical Commission
  • Jefferson University for the Preservation of Modernism
  • Jefferson University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Preservation Alliance Board
  • American Society of Interior Designers — Eastern PA Chapter
  • Design Leadership Foundation
  • Society for College and University Planning
  • Association for Preservation Technology

If you are interested in a potential partnership with VMA, please contact us today with details.

As part of our 2022 Sustainability Action Plan, we committed to quantifying VMA’s commitment to advancing social justice by applying for a JUST Label from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). JUST is a voluntary disclosure tool for organizations, not a certificate program, and it evaluates everything from employee satisfaction to community investment. We are proud of what our label demonstrates about who we are today and are grateful for the ways in which it highlights areas for continued improvement.

“I think any organization is enriched by diversity so we’ve deliberately tried to structure our practice to be as inclusive as possible,” says Partner & Sustainability Program Manager Robert Douglass. “We’ve always exceeded the industry in gender parity as a woman-owned firm, but our cultivation of a workforce that is both racially and ethnically diverse, and that is LGBTQ+ affirming, is a powerful change maker. Right now VMA is ahead of the industry in most key demographics. and we have a strong pipeline of talent who will be taking on leadership positions as VMA continues to grow and evolve. Eventually that will positively impact the metrics ILFI uses to evaluate the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ category in particular, and I’m looking forward to re-evaluating ourselves in a couple years to gauge that progress.”

The evaluation process involved codifying existing practices, exploring staff perspectives in a variety of areas, and identifying where new or expanded policies would be needed. It was gratifying to see survey responses confirming our perception that staff are happier and more engaged than at any time in the firm’s history. The results have included an updated retirement policy, expanded volunteering opportunities, and new purchasing plans, among other changes. While some of the JUST categories did not necessarily dovetail with the culture and operations of a mid-sized design firm, we nevertheless welcomed the opportunity to engage with those topics collectively and with intentionality.

We look forward to sharing updates on our progress towards securing a full score for each of our applicable categories. In the meantime, for more information on the JUST Label evaluation process, including details on how each category is defined and quantified, visit the ILFI website here.