6 Jul 2021

Full-Time Architectural Designer I – TURF Design

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Job Description

TURF Design is seeking a skilled Architectural Designer I with experience in Rhino 3D and Adobe CC in Chicago, IL. This is a full-time, in-office position, requiring a minimum of 1-3 years of industry experience in the field of architecture, product, and/or industrial design. The ideal candidate is flexible, technically oriented, and has a general understanding of the architectural design and construction cycle. Architectural Designers work with clients, contractors, and the design and production teams, drafting interior product solutions at an architectural scale with TURFs premium and standard product lines. They work from construction documents to translate the client’s initial drawings into something that can be easily manufactured and installed while evaluating and rationalizing design intent.

TURF Design is an architectural acoustics company that designs and produces interior architectural installations with an emphasis on functional, sophisticated, and easy to install acoustic solutions. We exist at the intersection of architecture and product design – “between a chair and a building,” as many of our designers put it. We’re a design company, but we’re also a manufacturer with fabrication and prototyping at our core. We’re a group of tinkerers, makers, product designers, and former architects that left the field of architecture to work at the scale of architectural installations – small-scale architecture with faster project timelines and half the red tape.

Essential Job Functions

  • The AD I (Architectural Designer I) develops drawings and documentation through the lifecycle of projects from Design, to Engineering, and stewards the drop into Production.
  • AD Is have shared ownership of projects from assignment through to installation, ensuring successful implementation at every stage and clean handoffs. They work together with the various departments as needed and coordinate time and project needs with their teammates.
  • Communicates schedule and project need to the DM (Design Manager) to ensure accurate loading and scheduling, while also managing their own schedules and project timelines.
  • Dedicated to delivering quality work at all times.


  • Verifies product layout and use, communicating with the various project and process lead to ensure accuracy.
  • Follows TURF design drawing standards, creating all project drawings, drafting, and documents for Design, Engineering, and Production.
  • Seeks peer review for projects to evaluate and verify product use.
  • Involvement in client meetings with the DM to discuss feedback and maintain product requirements.
  • Packages the complete product specification for Design, Engineering, and Production.
  • Advocates and balances the client’s best interests with TURFs.


  • Works on internal product development or special projects in tandem with the project or process leads.
  • Follows best practices in digital housekeeping of project files and documentation, ensuring accuracy and organization.
  • Maintains a physical presence and assistance on the Production and Assembly floor at the Elgin facility as scheduled.


Minimum 1-3 years in architecture and/or product design. Comfortable in high tolerance CAD/CAM production via CNC, as well as the production of shop drawings. Experience with digital fabrication techniques as well as CNC and/or prototyping experience is a must.


Degree in Architecture, Industrial Design, or a related field.

Knowledge & Competencies

Ability to read and translate construction documents, ideation and form development, knowledge of materials and manufacturing process, hands-on experience in mock-ups, prototyping & mechanical aptitude. Able to prioritize and manage project deadlines.


A high degree of proficiency in Rhino 3D and Adobe CC (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) is required. Experience with Grasshopper/Dynamo, Revit/AutoCad preferred. Visualization skills in vRay, 3DS Max, etc. also a plus.


A portfolio is required. Include a website link or PDF copy with your resume. Work must be contemporary. Should be familiar with current design channels.


This position works out of the Firehouse (Chicago office), reports to the Design Manager, and is exempt from overtime. Regular (monthly) travel to the manufacturing office (Elgin) is to be expected. Occasionally requires lifting 10-20lbs, could accommodate a wheelchair, non-walker.

How to Apply

Apply Here!


Job Categories: Adobe Creative Suites, Architecture Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Rhino. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Architectural Designer and Architecture Design. Salary: BOE. Job expires in Endless.

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