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ZGF Architects Architectural Model Builder in Los Angeles, California

ZGF is seeking an Architectural Model Builder to join our team in our Los Angeles office. This position has a direct impact on and value to the projects we undertake on behalf of our clients, requiring demonstrated successful thinking, designing three-dimensionally, and interpreting architectural drawings and sketches.

As an Architectural Model Builder, you will….

  • Produce scale architectural models in a variety of materials and fabrication methods

  • Be able to work on tight deadlines and on multiple projects at once

  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and written using office standard tools (like Microsoft Office suite)

  • Be responsible for general shop management

  • Keep the shop organized and ready to use

  • Train and facilitate design staff in model making

  • Keep common build materials stocked

  • Keep tools and machinery in working order

  • Maintain and expand local vendor networks

  • Manage model production workflows and budgets

  • Assist design teams with a range of fabrication solutions beyond scale models

  • Encourage R&D explorations with new materials of fabrication methods

  • Coordinate and work with the greater firm-wide model making team


  • You are familiar and comfortable with woodshop tools and safety procedures.

  • You have demonstrated success working on tight deadlines, multiple projects in team and individual-based environments and managing resources and equipment in a shop environment.

  • Manual dexterity and attention to detail in the fabrication and assembly of miniature components is required.

  • Your experience includes operating the latest digital fabrication machinery as well as traditional wood-working tools.

  • Associates degree in architecture, Architecture Technology, related field or equivalent work experience required.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. 

  • 2 years minimum of relevant experience with Laser Cutting, 3D Printing and CNC technology, Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite required.

  • Proficiency in Rhino. (Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD and other 3D software (like SolidWorks) preferred).

    Base Salary Range

    $70,000/yr - $95,000/yr


    ZGF Employees Enjoy Medical, Dental and Vision coverage with a generous employer contribution, HSA with employer contribution, 401k with employer match, 4 weeks of PTO and 10 paid holidays per year, paid parental and family leave programs and a hybrid work environment.

    Apply With:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Portfolio

    ZGF Architects LLP is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We invite qualified candidates to apply online posting cover letter, resume, and portfolio.  

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