PCA’s workplace fosters collaboration, friendship, learning and growth. People seriously love their jobs, and we think it’s because we provide a nurturing environment that welcomes entrepreneurism, promotes mentorship, and actively removes barriers to employee growth. Monthly meetings and employee-driven initiatives help shape the future of PCA and our community. We also hold lots of extracurricular events and, needless to say, we have a ton of team spirit.
Your Voice Here
As an employee-owned firm, with an 84% participation Employee Stock Ownership Plan, we encourage involvement from all of our staff in determining the future of the firm. From our ground up Initiatives Program, which gives structure and support to employee goals and interests, to staff-run Monthly Office Meetings, our leaders emerge from the passions they champion. We believe in collaboration in everything that we do.
PCA fosters an environment where you can lead, be part of or occasionally join a few club gatherings or an official PCA group. Does the Meditation, Cornhole Tournament or Run Clubs interest you? How about being part of our QA/QC or Career Development groups? You decide. These social and stewardship associations inform not only our culture, but also the way we work with each other and our clients.
Helping You Grow
We invest in you so that we can grow together. This starts with in-house, “you pick your mentor” guidance to cultivate young talent and hone the skills of seasoned designers. Weekly design-shares keep everyone in the loop about what others are working on while also giving us a chance to practice presenting and providing a forum for feedback. We support curiosity - that's why we offer education benefits and plenty of in-house opportunities to learn more, even when it's not directly related to the project at hand.
Continuing education in the form of field trips, conferences and lunchtime education sessions help us all stay up to date with the latest projects, materials, codes and technologies. The best example of this is our current partnership with Built Environment+ to take part in Workforce Training through the State of Massachusetts. Starting in 2020 and spread over two years, PCA staff have the opportunity to learn from outside experts on industry relevant topics such as High Performance Building Assemblies and Resilient Design, and career-focused training for networking, team management and more. As designers of the built environment, we understand that the world is consistently changing in form and function. Continuing education helps us stay on top of this change.
A Culture of Inclusivity
PCA believes in banding together to support today’s most pressing social issues. Whether it’s donating time through volunteering and pro bono work or donating money through direct giving and matching our employees’ gifts, we have always supported the organizations and causes that are important to our staff and to our community. As a JUST Organization, we have committed to tracking and reporting the business practices of our office to be an ethical and transparent firm. Learn more about the International Living Future Institute's JUST Program, and see our label here.
Most recently, PCA has recommitted to a culture that champions social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe that Black Lives Matter and have always mattered. We also stand firmly to state – Stop Asian Hate. These issues are extremely important to us and we tackle them head-on. To engage our staff in conversations surrounding racial justice in America, and what we, as architects and designers can do, we introduced multiple town-hall style meetings and have established a forum on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI). PCA recognizes, acknowledges and has committed to stopping systemic racism and hate. One way to make change is by promoting and providing opportunities for People of Color. A few key groups we support is the ACE Mentoring Program, the BAC’s YODA (Youth Opportunities for Diversity in Architecture) Fund and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development’s Center for Equity & Prosperity. We will continue to progress.
Well-Being At Work
People are at their best when they’re well-rested and happy. As a firm, we understand that our staff has interests, hobbies and lives that extend beyond architecture and design. We work with you to provide a flexible working style with opportunity to work from home, alongside personal time off for when life just ‘happens.’ In-house wellness seminars, yoga and meditation sessions help keep us centered both in and outside work.
More Than A Job
“Work hard, play harder” is a way of life at PCA. From Friday afternoon socials to competitive athletic events (ok, casual ones, too), there’s always something going on. Office Olympics? Check. Basketball, curling, bowling, skiing, soccer, softball? Check, check, check, check and check. You get the idea. But we’re more than just athletes – we’re artists, roof gardeners, gingerbread decorators, fashion designers, and even haunted house builders. With social events bolstered by basement shows featuring our own in-house garage band (currently accepting applications), we make it super easy to get to know one another while having a lot of fun.
At PCA, we create the kinds of environments where people can live their best lives. We enjoy putting design into action on behalf of our clients and value collaborative relationships, thoughtful design and creative problem solving. As signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment and the LP50 Healthy Materials Pledge, we believe that a sustainable built environment is one of the most important steps in addressing today’s most pressing issues.
Our office culture encourages a diverse and balanced work life. We understand the value people bring from different backgrounds. These values are upheld and guided by PCA’s JEDI Council (justice.equity.diversity.inclusion) and integrated throughout all internal and external operations and functions of the practice.
We take pride in our people and in the quality of our projects and design process. We are a certified Just Organization with a continued commitment to transparency, evaluation and improvement in all facets of our practice through the lens of social justice and equity.
In addition to rewarding work in a lively and diverse workplace with the city’s best co-workers, PCA offers a competitive benefits package, a robust mentorship program and opportunities for advancement. What’s more, we offer a great Cambridge location in Inman Square on major bus routes (just a 10-minute walk to the T) with bike storage, showers and parking.
Please note, most of our staff is working from home through the summer. Beginning in September, to gain the benefits of our collaborative work environment and achieve a balanced work life, PCA will offer flexible hours and time to work from home.
PCA is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applicants of any race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, military service or other non-merit based factors to apply.
PCA, a creative dynamic architecture, interiors and planning firm of 70+ people, is looking for an interior designer with 4+ years of experience to join our robust interior design department.
Within our highly collaborative and design-oriented firm, interior design is integrated with architectural projects from the onset. The ideal candidate would have strong design skills, work closely with clients, develop programming, advance design direction, prepare and deliver design presentations, interior documentation and full FF&E selection and specification. Design background in higher education, retail, restaurants and multi-family housing is preferable. Strong communication and computer graphic skills are required. Candidates must have experience with SketchUp. Experience with client relations is preferred. Candidates should have experience with Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
PCA, a creative high-energy architecture and planning firm of 70+ people, is looking for an architect with 10+ years of experience with a focus on technical quality control and construction administration.
The ideal candidate would demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with clients, construction professionals, engineering consultants and internal team. Strong knowledge of construction administration, technical detailing, building codes, and MEP systems coordination is required. A background in housing, higher education, retail and new construction is strongly desired. Knowledge of Revit software a plus.
PCA, a creative dynamic architecture, interiors and planning firm of 70+ people, is looking for an experienced architect with 10+ years experience in the industry.
The ideal candidate would demonstrate strong design, technical and communication skills (both visually & verbally). Proficiency in SketchUp & Revit is required, and a solid background in housing, higher education, retail and new construction is strongly desired.
PCA, a creative dynamic architecture, interiors and planning firm of 70+ people, is looking for an experienced designer with 5+ years experience in the industry.
The ideal candidate would demonstrate strong design, technical and communication skills (both visually & verbally). Proficiency in SketchUp & Revit is required and a solid background in housing, higher education, retail, and new construction is strongly desired.
PCA, a creative dynamic architecture, interiors and planning firm of 70+ people, is looking for a project designer/architect with 3+ years experience in the industry.
The ideal candidate would demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively on all phases of multiple architectural projects concurrently. Strong design, technical and communication skills (both visually & verbally) are essential. Proficiency in SketchUp & Revit is required, and he/she must be able to demonstrative a high level of design and technical.