Want to Work With Us?

Since 1999, Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA) has achieved healthy and steady growth as a result of the talent, commitment, intelligence, integrity, and solid professional skills of its staff. Today, SKA is one of the East Bay’s leading design firms, with an excellent reputation for projects that are integral to our communities —award winning buildings, including visitor and community centers, public safety, higher education, and other civic buildings. We are a public sector firm, serving the needs of humanity and neighborhoods, and improving society, one building at a time.

Why work at SKA?

SKA’s work serves the greater good, and brings people together, in safe, healthy, and inspiring environments. Our current projects include a floating fire station in the San Francisco Bay, a new recreation center for the City of Oakland, a café for a national lab, several projects at UC Berkeley and a 55,000 sf new workplace for a local school district.  Our projects have received numerous AIA design awards and LEED Certifications. We are located in a bright office, near both public transit and parking, in wonderful Oldtown Oakland, full of restaurants, the farmer’s market, and city activities.  Oakland is our home, and for many East Bay public entities, we are the architecture firm of choice.  Although we are a relatively small office, we differentiate ourselves in the size, diversity and complexity of the projects we undertake.

Our company culture: We are collaborative, supportive, and collegial. We enjoy team lunches, happy hours, Oakland A’s games, local city activities, and site visits to watch our projects come to life. Our office is a community within a community!


Our comprehensive benefits include medical insurance, dental reimbursement, 401(K), annual bonuses, profit sharing, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and participation in pre-tax commute voucher program. We actively participate in professional development through mentorship, seminars, approved tuition and professional exam reimbursement.

Career Opportunities

We are actively seeking to fill the following position:

Recent Architect / Job Captain

We are seeking a recently licensed architect or unlicensed professional committed to completion of licensing.   Our small/medium size office of 12 enables us to offer a broad range of career development opportunities from design, production through construction administration.  We believe that the best way to achieve a quality project is to enable our staff to actively participate in the initial design and see the project through completion.  Due to the variety of project types and sizes in the office, the ideal candidate would be able to either work as a member of a 2 to 3-person team, or independently on a small project with Principal or Associate oversight.

Experience/Skills Required:                      

  • 3-8 years of architectural office experience
  • Highly organized.
  • Highly proficient in Revit.
  • Strong technical skills.
  • Ability to coordinate consultants & documents.
  • Foundation in design excellence.
  • Supportive demeanor and contributor to a great working environment.

For immediate consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and portfolio examples in PDF format by e-mail to architect@skarc.com, and reference Recent Architect / Job Captain in the e-mail subject line.