Birkenstock Lighting Design (bld) is looking for a talented designer to join our creative, hands-on Marin CA studio. If you're a thoughtful collaborator who likes to take part in imagining and delivering exceptional design, we’d like to hear from you.
THE COMPANY: bld is a San Francisco Bay Area based studio that collaborates on projects with world renowned interior designers, architects and developers across the country. At bld our vision is to set lighting trends by imagining and implementing cutting edge design and techniques combined with the knowledge of newest technology to raise the bar for what can be done with light, both electric and natural!
bld approaches lighting differently than most lighting consultants in that our designs are integrated into the fabric of the architecture rather than simply being attached to it. Our lighting staff has the knowledge and creativity needed to employ light as an artistic tool as well as a scientific one. bld designs consistently exceed client expectations, WOW occupants and visitors, fulfill architects' visions and make projects memorable for everyone involved.
While designing to the strictest codes in the world, the majority of our projects seek LEED certification (from silver to platinum), WELL Building, and many other programs. Therefore, in addition to creativity, there is a strong need for basic math, geometry and product knowledge. The team uses technical skills, research and calculations to achieve a highly sustainable project that utilizes less energy and more daylight.
Visit our website at www.bld-light.com.
THE POSITION: The candidate would assist the lighting design principal in the development of architectural lighting strategies and solutions and help perform the tasks necessary to provide a package for hip and high-performance projects.
As an employee of bld, you would initially accompany the principal to client meetings and learn the design philosophy that bld has established. Eventually, you would start managing projects more independently, checking in with the principal on a regular basis. You would make frequent trips to San Francisco and less seldom trips all over the west coast as required for client meetings and site visits.
bld is known for service, support and enthusiasm. As an employee, you will be expected to understand the critical nature of maintaining the integrity of relationships, schedules and budgets.
You will be expected to advance your lighting knowledge by attending courses and manufacturer presentations, and possibly factory and lighting convention trips, sometimes on your own time.
This position will offer the unique opportunity of seeing all stages of a project, from conceptual design meetings, initial site visits, working with product samples, constructing project detail mock-ups, construction oversight, collaborating with the entire design and construction team, and participating in the closeout of a project by focusing and programming lighting controls. Our growing office offers exceptional opportunities for mentorship and rapid career development and advancement.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS Experience:
2-3+ years of experience in a design firm
Lighting equipment knowledge
Adobe CS5 (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)
AG32 and/or 3D Studio Max/Elum Tools
Hand drawing skills
Math and geometry as it pertains to Architecture and Energy Usage
Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Required Basic Personal Traits and Work Ethic:
Attention to details, especially regarding architecture and interiors
Enthusiastic problem solver
Excellent client-care and relationship instincts
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent verbal and written communication
Outgoing and friendly personality lending to positive teamwork
Passion for all things design
Strong creative backbone
Strong motivation and professional initiative
Balance creativity and practicality
Have an independent yet collaborative work style
Patiently change directions and projects quickly
Proactively manage deadlines on multiple projects
Quickly grasp the essence of the task at hand and next steps
Research Code, LEED, CA Title 24
Take ownership and responsibility for a task
Think quickly on your feet
Visualize and quickly understand complex architectural spaces
Nice to Have Skills:
California Title 24, CalGreen, and LEED knowledge
Lighting equipment knowledge (Products and Costs)
Project management experience
A reliable car
Flexibility in personal life schedule
Must love dogs
TO APPLY: If you have the qualities we seek and would like to join our team, please submit:
Portfolio (Non-returnable representative examples of work). Portfolios that are emailed should be limited to no more than 7 megabytes. Online portfolios accepted.
At least three employment or design references
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with talent and level of experience
About Birkenstock Lighting Design (bld)
The bld studio collaborates on projects with world renowned interior designers, architects and developers across the country. Established in 2011, we have an abundance of work, providing a ground floor opportunity to be a part of a fast growing creative team.
We currently are working on many exciting projects which include very cool tech industry spaces, executive centers, large scale commercial and residential campuses, exterior plazas and lobbies, retail, hospitality, and many other projects.
Our clients are the leaders in the industry, so our standards are high, and the pace is very quick. Our philosophy is to design light to compliment architecture, not just by adding grids of fixtures, but weaving it into the bones of the built environment. Our clients repeatedly hire us to add another dimension into their architecture, painting their space with light, which assimilates into life! In addition, the majority of our projects seek LEED certification (from silver to platinum), Therefore, in the background of all this creativity is a strong level of product knowledge, using technical skills, research and calculations to achieve a highly sustainable project utilizing less ener...gy and more daylight.
Our fast paced office has relocated to San Rafael, blocks from Marin's transportation hubs close to San Francisco and East bay busses, ferries, the Richmond Bridge and walking distance to the future Marin Sonoma light rail.