HIRING: Senior Architect and Intermediate Architectural Designer Positions




MF Architecture is a dynamic Austin-based practice on the rise, with design awards at local, regional, and national levels. Our founding Principal Architect, Matt Fajkus, is a published author and award-winning Professor at the UT School of Architecture, where he is also the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design. Sarah Johnson is also Principal Architect at MF Architecture, and she has been recognized as an exceptional emerging leader and talent in a feature editorial article in the Austin Business Journal. While we believe in strong ideas and theoretical narratives to drive our work and our team, we are simultaneously rooted in realizing exceptional buildings, having built more than 50 structures to date.

We are a reflective practice, based on the premise that we learn and grow from each project as part of a larger body of work, in order to ground our process and incrementally innovate as we move ahead. We strive for relevancy beyond the typical boundaries of architecture by pursuing a broad range of projects in terms of scale and type. Furthermore, our press, publicity, social media outreach are means to educate about the value of Architecture – to directly and indirectly affect positive change through design. Our work has been published in Arch Daily, Dwell Magazine, on National Public Radio, ESPN’s Longhorn Network, Dezeen, Texas Architect, and in The Wall Street Journal.

As a young and energetic practice, we are now seeking specific new team members, starting with a senior hire or two, alongside an intermediate architectural designer position or two, to be key pieces to join us in moving to the next level. We believe that we can affect positive change through design, and that we are better than the sum of our parts.


SENIOR ARCHITECT POSITION

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

- 7 or more years of experience in the architectural profession
- Strong design skills and technical skills with an interest in comprehensive quality control
- Strong experience and interest in multiple typologies + scales
- Internal communication skills, including team leadership and strong mentorship abilities
- External communication skills, including with clients, consultants, and general contractors
- The ability to multi-task and work at various paces
- The ability and interest in leading, learning, and growing with us
- (Preferably) Production ability (Revit skills, etc.)
- (Preferably) Local Knowledge (Austin Construction Budgets, Permitting and Regulatory Processes)

 

What we offer:

- A downtown Austin area office located at street level, embedded in the city in which we operate
- An inspirational open studio environment with collaborative design charrettes balanced with solo work
- Competitive compensation and benefits
- A collaborative and empowering framework for concept-driven work 
- Individual credit and authorship for work in press, publications, website, social media, and awards
- Diverse project experiences both in terms of scale and typology, and throughout all phases including CA
- Vertical growth for employees, including leadership opportunities and Principal Architect potential
- Support for professional development, including time and funding for research or conference attendance
- An evolving practice where employees can impact not only designs but also systems and processes 

Please send your resume and full portfolio in PDF form to jobs@mfarchitecture.com


INTERMEDIATE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER POSITION 

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

- 1 to 5 years of experience in the architectural profession
- An interest and facility in design
- An interest in multiple typologies + scales
- Internal communication skills, a collaborate spirit, and a positive attitude
- External communication capabilities, including with clients, consultants, and general contractors
- The ability to multi-task and work at various paces
- An ability and interest to learn and grow with us, including developing leadership skills
- Production skills (Revit skills, etc.)

 

What we offer:

- A downtown Austin area office located at street level, embedded in the city in which we operate
- An inspirational open studio environment with collaborative design charrettes balanced with solo work
- Competitive compensation and benefits
- A collaborative and empowering framework for concept-driven work 
- Individual credit and authorship for work in press, publications, website, social media, and awards
- Diverse project experiences both in terms of scale and typology, and throughout all phases including CA
- Vertical growth for employees, including leadership opportunities
- Support for professional development, including time and funding for research or conference attendance
- An evolving practice where employees can impact not only designs but also systems and processes

Please send your resume and full portfolio in PDF form to jobs@mfarchitecture.com


Construction Update: Descendant House

Developed as a home for multiple generations, the Descendant House allows three family units and generations to co-exist harmoniously in a single structure. 

More here.

Westlake Dermatology exhibited at Urban Land Institute's 2019 Regional Marketplace


This April, MF Architecture exhibited at the 2019 Regional Marketplace, an annual land use and development event hosted by Urban Land Institute (ULI). The Westlake Dermatology Marble Falls project, a finalist of the 2018 ULI Impact Award, was on show as one of the hottest emerging real estate projects in the greater Austin area. By balancing solid and void, as well as rough and smooth, the minimalist, museum-like dermatology and surgery center stands as a pristine form, both contrasting and complimenting its natural setting. The MF Architecture booth was sponsored by Frontier Bank.


The Rig Up team have officially moved into the new office @ One Eleven Congress

The team at Rig Up, the energy industry’s largest and fastest-growing marketplace for contractors and service providers, has moved into their new headquarter designed by MF Architecture at One Eleven Congress in Austin.

A office warming party was held to celebrate this milestone.

2019 Austin Modern Home Tour [Photos]

We would like to thank everyone who came out to see us on February 23rd during the 2019 Austin Modern Home Tour. We had such an amazing time hanging out with y’all!

MF Architecture named one of the "10 [Finest] Architecture Firms That Design Austin Office Space"

MF Architecture has been named one of the “10 [Finest] Architecture Firms That Design Austin Office Space'' by Commercial Cafe.

“One of the youngest architecture firms on our list, Matt Fajkus Architecture has quickly placed itself among the top companies of its kind in Austin. Their innovative ideas, practical use of energy-efficient strategies and intelligent material choices have catapulted the firm among the most notable ones in the industry.

Their work on the Westlake Dermatology Building located in Marble Falls, Texas is particularly outstanding, with its strategic location, abundant use of floor-to-ceiling windows and optimal design with the main scope of providing top quality patient care.”

More here.

See Westlake Dermatology here.

Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston and the Wedding Venue project to be featured at SxSW

MF Architecture team member Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston has been selected to be featured as part of the Say It Loud Exhibit at this year’s SxSW!

With a “To see our faces, hear our voices, feel our impact within the colorful tapestry of our heritage” concept, the exhibit features projects by diverse design professionals, as well as quotes and interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions across the nation.

Featherston is an advocate for community engagement through her participation with the ACE Mentor Program of Austin, AIA Austin’s Latinos in Architecture, National AIA Equity + Future of Architecture Committee, & Advisory Board Member for the Hip Hop Architecture Camp. By engaging in these organizations, she is strengthening the importance of education & mentorship, where creating opportunities to become an agent of change within your community is key to an equitable practice of Architecture.

Featherston was the Project Architect/Assist of our Wedding Venue project. The design team also included Kevin Olsen (Project Architect/PM), Michael Deere, Jayson Kabala, Ian Ellis, and Matt Fajkus. The Wedding Venue is a carefully sited event space nestled into the Hill Country. Sited to take advantage of the existing natural landscape, the building negotiates the predicament of having an indoor & outdoor wedding ceremony space. Public and private realms are shifted in plan, with the primary hall inviting one to enter. The building is tucked between existing trees on the lot, allowing for the change in grade to protect one side while the other openly invites one into the landscape.

The exhibit begins in Austin this Sunday, March 10th, until Wednesday, March 13th. You can vote for Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston on the People Choice Survey.

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Construction Update: RigUp office @ One Eleven

The RigUp office @ One Eleven is almost completed. The floor area starts with a white oak wood wrapped core that houses the main functions of the space including telephone booth area, break area kitchenettes, restrooms, and small meeting booth spaces. As you move outwards from the core, the space opens to an industrial concrete floor and steel and glass aesthetic with open work spaces and lounge areas. The desks are angled to capitalize on the view towards Lady Bird Lake and also respond to the existing building perimeter. Lounge areas are used to break up the large expanses of desk and also create a buffer between work and play. End capping the 24,000 SF of tenant space are the main break area kitchen/ all hands meeting and a quiet gathering space at the opposite end for deep work which were intended to have a residential feel. 

MFxPlans: Officially Launching Ready-To-Build Plan Sets!

 
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Craving a custom home designed by an architect and eager to build right now? Looking for ways to beat time and budget constraints without sacrificing designed quality?
 
Matt Fajkus Architecture is excited to announce that, MFxPlans, an opportunity for you to buy ready-to-build architectural plans online, is officially launched! Each house from MFxPlans house will have a story to tell, and each considered design reflects our practice’s knowledge in creating spaces that impact people and their daily lives. Furthermore, because the materials are only called out generically, you have the chance to add your personal touch and make the finish-out of your home however you like!

The drawings for the first MFxPlans house, “SHELLter,” are now available for purchase

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Construction Progress: Filtered Frame Dock (Glass and Millwork)

Glass installation and millwork progress at the Filtered Frame Dock. The upper level of the dock features a motorized pocket door made of perforated stainless steel, a motorized Douglas Fir panel for the TV slot, Texas Lueders limestone countertops, and frameless glass railings. More about Filtered Frame Dock here

Alive + Well Austin named "Best of Austin" by The Austin Chronicle's Critics Picks in Services

Alive + Well Austin has been named 2018 Critics Picks “Best of Austin” by The Austin Chronicle.

“Babies get shots all the time, so please ignore your needle phobia for a hot second and let your body revel in the glory of this Drip Drop IV Vitamin Bar. The expert wizards at Alive + Well custom-mix vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and amino acid fusions to be delivered intravenously (cells absorb the goodness better that way). There are drips for beauty, weight, peak performance, immunity, energy, and, yes, party animal, they’ve got one for hangovers, too. As if that’s not enough, there’s yoga and meditation, an infrared sauna and float chamber, and a wonderful chef-driven, gluten-free cafe, Elle’s, all in one lovely facility designed by MF Architecture. Get thee to Bee Cave.”

More here.

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MF Architecture selected as part of Austin Design Week


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Founded in 2016, Austin Design Week’s mission is to bring together the Austin design community. ADW invites designers in various disciplines to showcase the best in visual, interactive, web and mobile, product, industrial, architectural and civic design. ADW offers an opportunity to unite designers across Austin to act as one inclusive community - sharing their talents, projects, ideas and work spaces. Participants and attendees will explore the cutting edge work being done through some of the city’s most innovative creators.

As part of this week-long initiative, MF Architecture will have an open door for self-guided tours from 2-4pm on Tuesday, November 6th.

More here.

MF Architecture selected to design RigUp's headquarter at One Eleven Congress

RigUp, the energy industry’s largest and fastest-growing marketplace for contractors and service providers, has selected MF Architecture to design their new headquarter at One Eleven Congress in Austin.

The downtown office tower’s plaza and lobby space were recently updated by Hsu Office of Architecture, in collaboration with Studio Dwg. The development, named Fareground, is “an inside-outside, eat-drink, work-play, early-to-rise, late-to-close club.” 

The new office design for RigUp will be centered around creating a calm and relaxing environment for the tech savvy while also maintaining a level of creative collaboration for team spaces. 

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Great Evening at MF Architecture and Kasita's Sun x Design event [PHOTOS]

 

Sun x Design, an event that celebrated Matt Fajkus and Dason Whitsett's new book "Architectural Science and Sun", was a great success! The Happy Hour event featured authors talks by Fajkus and Whitsett. The guests enjoyed small bites and drinks while mingling amidst Alkusari Stone's downtown Austin showroom. Sponsored by Alkusari Stone, Tribeza Magazine and Di Lux Austin

 

Alive + Well Austin named "Best of ATX 2018" by Austin Monthly Magazine

 

Alive + Well Austin has been named the "Best One-Stop Shop for Wellness" in Austin by Austin Monthly Magazine. 

“We love the self-care theme of this soothing Bee Cave space, which includes a float tank, three-wave infrared saunas, ionic foot bath therapy, yoga and meditation classes, massages, IV vitamin therapy, and a healthy on-site café.”

More here

 

MF Architecture featured on Wallpaper* Magazine's Architects' Directory 2018

 

MF Architecture is featured on Wallpaper* Magazine's Architects' Directory 2018.

"Harking from across the globe, this fresh group of emerging architects join the Wallpaper* Architects' Directory for 2018...Founded in 2011 by Matt Fajkus, this Austin, Texas-based practice - also headed up by principals David Birt and Sarah Johnson - find clear and simple solutions to complex problems with expertise and energy. Valuing sustainable practices, the studio also works as an academic think tank in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture"

Also featured: AutohausMain Stay House