Residential Architect / Experienced Drafter

Residential Architect / Experienced Drafter: To lead and grow the architecture department at GRB, including playing a key role in company leadership. Define and own company architectural standards, be the resident expert in design/architecture for clients and the company, manage department workflow, and complete designs and construction drawings.


  • Develop and maintain company architectural standards and procedures.
  • Oversee the quality of work in the Architecture Department.
  • Maintain current job knowledge to be the resident expert for design, building codes, and cutting-edge building technology.
  • Management of Chief Architect software, updates, and catalog (company design software).
  • Site visits for measurements, elevations, and house layouts.
  • Participate in client design meetings, led by the salesperson.
  • Make product and design recommendations to clients based on their taste, style, and budget.
  • Request bids for structural components (concrete, framing, etc).
  • Complete construction drawings for permitting.
  • Prepare and submit county permitting packages including site plans, VDOT, health, and building.
  • Give clients a FUN and enjoyable design experience!
  • Work within set company processes

Requirements: Experience

  • Advanced knowledge of residential building codes, building materials, and the residential construction process.
  • Experience using Chief Architect or a similar software. Experience using Chief Architect is preferred but we will teach if you have a willingness and aptitude to learn.
  • Experience with site plans and county permitting.
  • Architect license a plus but not required.
  • Creative eye to assist clients in designing their dream home.

Requirements: Soft Skills

  • Able to lead others and manage priorities/processes at a department level.
  • Work within set processes and improve/create new processes to support company growth.
  • Exceptional ability to work well with clients, working with them on a process that likely involves “once in a lifetime” decisions.
  • Must be a genuine team player, able to juggle multiple priorities, and work well under pressure.
  • Must be a good listener.
  • Competent in using Microsoft software and desire to learn new technology as needed.

Salary: Based on experience.

Benefits: Full benefits package including vacation & holiday pay, health, dental, and retirement.

Hours: This is a full-time IN-OFFICE position with regular office hours Monday thru Friday.

Why work at Golden Rule?

  • Short commute (local in Fauquier County)
  • Stability – we’ve been in business since 1987
  • Family Environment
  • Competitive pay
  • Vacation & Holiday pay (23 days annually with tenure)
  • Health Insurance & Retirement program