A career with PDA provides an opportunity to work in a team-oriented and challenging work environment where we strive for continuous improvement. At PDA, you will find experienced, dedicated colleagues who are committed to excellence in design.

PDA is always searching for highly motivated individuals to join our Pasadena-based firm. We are passionate about our craft and excited about the future. Healthcare specific experience is always a plus!

Open Positions


Responsible for the preparation of design and construction documents under guidance of Designer/Drafter, Job Captain, Project Architect, or Project Manager. Requires knowledge and some experience in design development, architectural drafting, and detailing on a wide variety of projects. Should have knowledge of procedures for production of design and construction documents, knowledge of architectural planning, drafting, detailing, and building materials; basic knowledge of consultant roles and responsibilities, and a basic knowledge of codes.

Reports To: Project Manager / Project Architect / Project Supervisor / Job Captain / Designer/Drafter

Roles & Responsibilities: 


  • Fosters strong teamwork and maintains a positive working attitude

  • Supports a positive project team culture in order to provide superior service to our client

Client Relationship

  • Support Project Manager, Project Architect / Supervisor, and Project Designer throughout the project

Project Delivery

  • Committed to design excellence that meets PDA’s and our clients' needs delivered on schedule within both the clients' and PDA’s budget

  • Assist with the development of a quality set of contract documents that ensures the design and construction of a project meets or exceeds the client’s expectations

  • Implement PDA standards and processes

  • Assist in code and material research for various aspects of the project.

  • Assist on responding to agency comments under the direction of supervisor

  • Assist in project delivery

  • Makes revisions to documents based on supervisors comments (“red marks”)

  • Assist supervisor with project logs and information transfers

  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written

develops talent

  • Identify opportunities for personal growth / development within or outside of PDA

  • Problem solves and poses solutions to supervisor in a productive manner


  • Support project leadership by working efficiently and ensuring the drafters are working efficiently and are following PDA standards

  • Identify potential production or scheduling problems early and seek resolution or escalate the problem to the Project Architect’s / Supervisor’s attention promptly

Build for the Future

  • Identify opportunities for performance improvement and process redesign

  • Communicate back to team on feedback received from consultants and contractors

Minimum Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or equivalent work experience preferred (5 years+ if no degree)

  • Experience in AutoCAD software / Revit and BIM processes preferred

  • Experience working with the Office of Statewide Health Planning Department (OSHPD) and/or Building & Planning Departments preferred

  • Thorough knowledge of architectural drafting

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel

  • Strong professionalism and interpersonal skills

  • Strong organizational skills