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Position Opening: Architectural Designer / Design Project Manager

The TDS Team at Work

We are searching for a talented Architectural Designer / Design Project Manager to join our design team. TDS is a residential design-build firm that remodels homes in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Our team of 18 is close-knit, and we pride ourselves on integrity, commitment to each other, and dedication to providing exceptional craftsmanship and customer experience. We enjoy a positive working environment and fulfilling work.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including; health, dental, flex, PTO, holidays, 401k, and more.

As our ideal candidate, you seek a long-term career in a stable work environment that offers support and respect. You are an energetic, driven, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual who seeks consistent growth as a designer. While a minimum of two years of design experience is preferred, the most important qualification is alignment with our core company values. 

This position is an immediate full-time, in-office (not remote) opening. Please send resumes with a cover letter or any questions to

If you are:

  • A Curious, Life-long Learner
  • Kind, Respectful & Compassionate
  • An Engaged Team Player
  • A Forward-thinking Problem Solver
  • A Community Steward

We welcome your application. 

Job Summary:

Design, manage, and oversee projects throughout the design phases from the Schematic phase through to Design Development, Construction Drawings, and responsibilities during construction. Project types include residential remodels & additions.

Design & Management Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Understand & synthesize project requirements to produce functional, beautiful, buildable, on-budget & on-time designs.
  • Produce drawings to communicate project designs at various phases of design to the client, co-workers, trade partners & code officials.
  • Design activities (depending on the project) including exterior design & selections, interior space planning, construction detailing, product research, and some interior selections, etc.
  • Client Communications — Communicate with clients about project goals, design elements, material specifications, etc. & provide high-quality and responsive customer service.
  • Organize projects by maintaining good project records, creating & monitoring design schedules, estimating & tracking design fees, etc.
  • Facilitate and manage the work of design projects by coordinating with a team of other TDS staff members, outside consultants & trade partners to produce design projects and drawings.
  • Be accountable for your productivity, efficiency & accuracy throughout each project.
  • Monitor design fees, budgets and schedules throughout the project.
  • Follow TDS sales, design and construction processes and standards.
  • Perform duties during construction such as responding to RFIs, visiting projects, etc.
  • Perform the above functions in various capacities across multiple design projects at any one time.


  • Minimum of two years of professional experience. Formal design education preferred:
    • Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
    • Technical College Associates Degree
    • Equivalent Life/Employment Experience
  • A strong grasp of design-thinking and the design process.
  • Possesses the ability to listen well and ask good questions of both clients and coworkers.
  • Proficiency with CAD. Knowledge of Revit is preferred, but training will be provided.
  • Strong organization, communication & client management skills.
  • Knowledge of residential, wood-framed construction, and residential building codes.
  • Able to accurately measure existing buildings & prepare existing drawings.
  • Experience in drawing architectural details & producing high-quality drawings and specifications.
  • Understand basic structural design concepts.