Model | Fabrication Shop Assistant

  • Full Time
  • Seattle, WA
  • Posted 2 months ago

LMN Architects

LMN Architects is currently seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Shop Assistant. The ideal candidate is passionate about fabrication as an essential part of the design process, has a strong interest in emerging technologies in architecture, and a desire to further the effective use of fabrication within LMN.

LMN’s fabrication department is becoming an increasingly important part of LMN’s practice by: assisting teams with architectural models, producing architectural mockups, fabricating full-scale installations, and creating opportunities for office engagement with making. The role of Shop Assistant is to support the Shop Manager by directly assisting project teams on fabrication efforts, assisting with shop maintenance, documenting fabrication activities, and helping plan and coordinate fabrication outreach activities.

LMN employees collaborate in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Mondays and Fridays are flexible workdays that allow employees to work in the office, from home, or any other location they choose. Given the duties and responsibilities of this role, most of the work is done in the office and is not as conducive to remote work as other roles. Monday-Friday core work hours of 9:30-4:00 allow employees to determine what working hours best suit their personal commitments, commuting, and work preference.


  • Assist Shop Manager with daily maintenance and operation of the shop.
  • Assist project teams with modeling and fabrication needs.
  • Oversee the activities of people working in the shop to provide assistance and support a safe workspace.
  • Document and blog fabrication-related projects and activities.
  • Participate in, and may help lead, fabrication outreach activities such as trainings, presentations, and public installations.
  • Participate in discussions regarding the growth and integration of fabrication into LMN’s practice.
  • Provide continuity of shop access and assistance in Shop Manager’s absence.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Experience with woodworking equipment and tools, and familiar with safe operating procedures.
  • Proficiency with digital fabrication equipment including laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC routers.
  • Able to interpret architectural drawings and sketches to develop models or full-scale mockups.
  • Excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail regardless of scale.
  • Proficiency in Rhino, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite required.
  • Proficiency in Grasshopper and Revit preferred.
  • Able to multi-task across multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative team environment.
  • Minimum 2 years completed in an architecture program or related field.
  • Because this role involves regularly moving heavy materials, the ability to lift 60 lbs. regularly is required.

LMN is an internationally recognized design practice made up of architects, interior designers and planners passionate about design and dedicated to collaboration. We are a single office of 150 people located in Seattle. Our focus is on creating buildings and places that enrich communities and the public realm across a diversity of project types—including education, convention centers, performing arts, commercial mixed-use, high-rise residential and transit facilities.  In recognition of the quality of our work and professional leadership, LMN received the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest national honor bestowed upon an architectural practice. More information on LMN is available on our website at

LMN expects all employees to support its equal employment opportunity policy and is committed to fostering a workplace where everyone can work in a productive, respectful and professional environment. LMN does not tolerate discrimination against its employees on the basis of their race, sex/gender, religion/creed, political ideology, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, national origin, genetics/genetic markers, military or Veterans status, sexual orientation, actual or perceived status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.