Architect I

Clayco (Lamar Johnson Collaborative) - Chicago, IL

Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) is looking to hire an Architect 1 to join our team in Chicago and assume a technical design role.

The ideal candidate will augment and assist LJC’s technical design team, helping it grow and expand its presence. The Architect 1 will be counted on to engage and collaborate with project and studio peers, as well as work across LJC disciplines and parent company Clayco’s construction and real estate arms to help our entire enterprise thrive.

Role Responsibilities

  • Develops design elements of projects and/or construction drawings for projects under supervision of a licensed senior architect
  • Interfaces with contractors, consulting engineers and the internal team to deliver exceptional quality through consistent communication, careful attention to the project budget and allowable fee, close adherence to the project timeline, and an application of technical knowledge, all under supervision of a licensed senior architect
  • Capable of supporting business development pursuits
  • Represents LJC in the community and civic events
  • Practices LJC’s core values of integrity, humility and fearlessness


Architect 1’s at LJC possess:

  • A bachelor's degree in architecture or a related field
  •  3-8 years of relevant experience in architecture and design, including demonstrated experience in developing construction documents
  • Architectural registration required
  • Demonstrated competence with Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD/Revit, MS Office
  • Exemplary written and spoken communication
  • Comfort and poise presenting to external and internal audiences


  • Competitive salary and compensation
  • 401K and profit-sharing plans
  • A full complement of employee benefits, including health, dental and vision plans; flexible spending accounts; life insurance; disability coverage; and employee assistance programming

LJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Applicants must be legally authorized to work for Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Inc.

About LJC

LJC is a growing architecture, design and planning firm committed to creating and delivering design solutions that improve and enhance the human experience of the built environment. Youthful in outlook, seasoned in experience, LJC offers a diverse portfolio of expertise across a range of project scales and typologies, including commercial, mixed use and residential. We believe our work is a fundamental expression of optimism in the future, and that design is a means to effect positive, enduring change.

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