dys Architecture – Intermediate Designer

Career Opportunity: Intermediate Designer

Our Firm

Driven by a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility, dys architecture has been making a positive impact on people and communities since 1982. We are well-known for our advances in affordable housing, health care, passive house and managing complex multi-use projects. We are also heavily involved in the master planning of large-scale communities and projects. We are located in Vancouver’s Armory district just a 10-minute walk to Granville Island and Kits Beach. 

Our People

We are core-values driven, which means that we approach life and work with a deep sense of purpose.  We are curious, creative, and innovative collaborators – high on skill and low on ego. There’s a reason we write the name of our firm in lower-case letters.  

The Position

We are seeking an Intermediate Designer that is well-rounded, but particularly enjoys front-end design and managing projects through the rezoning and development permit phases continuing on through to the completion of construction – A designer passionate about creating inclusive, sustainable and vibrant buildings and communities.

The ideal candidate is a professional with exceptional creativity and superb technical knowledge, and will also have experience designing diverse building types, and have rezoning, development permit, contract document, and contract administration experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in any of the following areas: mixed use commercial/residential, market & non-market housing and institutional.

Your Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • A professional degree from a recognized architecture school or technical program.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with an emphasis on mixed use, multi-family and non-market projects.
  • An eye for detail and a love of design.
  • Excellent design and rendering skills. Strong visual and graphic communication skills.
  • Developing architectural designs and concepts through drawing, writing, sketching, and modeling.  
  • Highly proficient in AutoCAD and Sketch-up.
  • Revit proficiency is an asset but not mandatory.
  • Experience in all phases of design is an asset but not mandatory.
  • Strong understanding of building technology with a thorough understanding of construction detailing of both wood and concrete construction is an asset but not mandatory.
  • Self-directed with the ability to both work in, and potentially lead, project teams, achieving project goals within budgets.
  • Familiarity with dealing with consultants, contractors and authorities having jurisdiction.
  • Understanding of BC Building Code and local by-laws.
  • Canadian, local Vancouver or surrounding experience.

Core Competencies

  • Trustworthy with ability to build professional, positive relationships within all levels of a business.
  • Self-motivated, confident and emotionally intelligent person
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; people know what you want, what you mean, or what you’re asking for.
  • Resourceful, flexible and adaptable to changing demands and priorities.
  • Willing to share and contribute without an ego getting in the way of doing the right thing.
  • A proven track record of maintaining high quality standards while working to tight deadlines.


Please submit your resume with cover letter, references and examples of your work to: careers@dysarchitecture.com

Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview – thank you for your interest in joining our firm.

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