From lighting design to custom carpentry, an architectural education creates room for other job opportunities | News

Following January’s look at the relationship between architecture and furniture and product design, we look again at the alternative career paths an architectural education can offer. This week we highlight a selection of exciting job opportunities listed on Archinect Jobs involving wooden flooring/millwork and architectural lighting at MADERA and L’Observatoire International.

The new Editions de Parfums store in Paris. Image credits: Roland Halbe and Maxime Hibon/Courtesy of L’Observatoire International.

When designing a building or structure, several factors come into play, however, one element that is often overlooked when designing a space is the power of the lighting. While we don’t deny the importance and value of natural lighting, interior lighting setups play vital factors when illuminating an area and creating mood and tone. generals. For New York-based L’Observatoire, the company’s passion and expertise began in 1993 with French lighting designer Hervé Descottes.

Since its inception, the company has helped illuminate the interiors and exteriors of remarkable projects around the world. Frank Gehry’s LUMA Arles, OMA’s Audrey Irmas pavilion and Steven Holl’s Institute of Contemporary Art in Virginia.

Virginia Commonwealth University Institute of Contemporary Art. Project by Steven Holl Architects. Image © Iwan Baan/Courtesy of L’Observatoire.

According to the company, their goal as lighting designers is “to harmonize the role natural and artificial lighting play in revealing the drama and nuance of the built environment. This awareness emerges in the way our design team consciously plays with the relationship of light and shadow. , resulting in spaces made both more active and accessible through the use of light.” Currently, their team is looking for a Senior Lighting Designer with at least 5 years of design experience. lighting.

In addition to an understanding of lighting design in architectural, interior and landscape design projects, the ideal candidate should have a strong command of AutoCAD/Revit, skills in 3D modeling software and the ability to lead. and lead staff on projects.

MADERA Wide Plank flooring used in Bates Masi + Architects Office. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO. Courtesy of MADERA.

For those passionate about wood design and manufacturing, Brooklyn-based MADERA is focused on developing high-quality wood flooring and surface panels. According to the company, their design philosophy is rooted in Scandinavian design to “inspire and engage a modern audience” through wood. Founded in 2012, the Madera team has collaborated with companies such as SAW// Spiegel Aihara Workshop and their Void House, Woods + Dangaran’s Moore House and Bates Masi+Architects’ Office.

In addition to their specialty in wood flooring, the company works with architects and designers to develop “complete millwork packages to match and enhance our wide plank floors. […] From stairs to cabinet fronts, our goal is to bring natural wood elements to the forefront of design.” Currently, the company is looking for a junior designer to join their team.

Moore House by Woods+Dangaran. Image © Joe Fletcher/Courtesy of Woods+Dangaran.

According to MADERA, their ideal candidate will work in one of their showrooms. Job duties include working with their production partners, the Junior Design position will be “a source of knowledge for the architects, designers, contractors and owners whose visions we strive to bring to life”. Wanting to hire a candidate who can provide insight and feedback, MADERA explains: “Your input will be essential as we develop new products including flooring, paneling, joinery and furniture. You will also be involved in the execution of all our graphic design work, branding, and marketing materials that we produce in-house under the supervision of the Design Director.” With a minimum of 1-3 years of design experience, applicants should have experience in architecture, interior design, and graphic design.

*As part of the Archinect Jobs Highlights series, we feature job opportunities for people with a background in architecture who are exploring other ways to apply their skills beyond a practice of traditional architecture.

To read inspiring stories of architects who have succeeded in other industries, check out Archinect’s Working Out of the Box series.

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