Tired of corporate architecture? Tired of being pigeon-holed into the same work, day-in and day-out?Join a family of architects recognized worldwide for its contribution to positive social change. We create cohousing communities, eco-villages, cutting-edge affordable housing communities and childhood development centers.

As a member of this team, you will be able to research and implement the newest and best approaches to sustainable design. Work in a warm, comfortable environment in the historic downtown of Nevada City, California -- a small town in the Sierra Nevada -- close to world class skiing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking and water sports.

To be an effective member of this team you must be a proficient artisan and very motivated to do the right thing. You will use your knowledge and experience (a minimum of three years) in designing multi-family housing , mixed-use projects and put your sense of social responsibility to good use.

You will get to use your experience with:

1. Vectorworks

2. Sketchup for 3D modeling

3. Adobe CS

4. MS Office products

Within a small office you will get to do some of everything including project management and use your sense of humor and ability to be flexible. This is a full time, on site position.

Send your resume and a cover letter to:

Compensation:  DOE

Cohousing communities make up a substantial portion of the work at McCamant and Durrett. Katie McCamant and Charles Durrett wrote the book on cohousing and have been instrumental in its spreading success throughout the country. Cohousing consists of private townhouses and flats clustered around extensive common facilities in a pedestrian environment. Cohousing communities are self-developed by their future residents. From initial planning through the life of the community, residents share responsibilities, the decision-making process, and common meals (usually a few times a week). McCamant and Durrett is involved at every stage in the creation of this exciting housing model from initial design workshops through construction.

Vancouver Cohousing, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Cohousing, Vancouver, BC

Six-month Architecture Internship


The intent of the six-month paid internship is to give an architect the opportunity for professional growth while they contribute to a studio doing cutting-edge design work. McCamant & Durrett Architects (MDA) is a full-service architecture firm that specializes in designing multi-family projects called Cohousing, which involves the future residents in the design process. Interns contribute to the completion of real projects and a wide array of experiences, all in the context of community design as a building a viable and sustainable society. Interns also learn to facilitate participatory design and sustainable design principals in the production of multi-family housing. Within the MDA framework there is opportunity for interns to explore their individual interests and their role in the fields of architecture, planning and environmental design.

MDA interns are activists and organizers, as well as, architects.



·      Drafting in Vectorworks

·      Assisting in completing permit and construction sets within deadlines

·      Land use planning

·      Developing models and sketches

·      Assisting in Cohousing Design Workshops

·      Research projects (such as a post-occupancy evaluation project or similar)

·      Small miscellaneous administrative tasks

·      Attend team meetings 

·      Cooperate with fellow associates and promote a positive team spirit



·      Degree in Architecture or similar experience

·      Fluent in English (written and oral)

·      Fluent in the Imperial measurement system (feet and inches)

·      Experience w/ CAD programs and drafting 

·      Proficient Mac knowledge 

·      Ability and willingness to learn Vectorworks 

·      Experience w/ Adobe Suite – mainly Photoshop and InDesign 

·      Strong organizational and time management skills 

·      Interested in self-development and is committed to honing design skills 

·      Strong graphic and drawing skills 

·      Interest in creating cohousing communities

·      Interest in designing multifamily housing that is environmentally friendly

·      Must be able to live in Nevada City area for entire length of internship

·      Read cohousing books: Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities and The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living


How to Apply:

Must be able to work in the U.S. to apply.


Send cover letter, resume, and portfolio to We will call you to set up an appointment.

Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects

Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects


The cohousing movement is growing rapidly as people recognize the importance of environmentally-conscious design and see the benefits of living in community. It is our aim to prepare architects to work with cohousing communities, therefore making cohousing an accessible option to a greater population. We do this by offering a six-month paid architecture internship each fall and spring, and shorter volunteer opportunities at our office in Nevada City, CA. 

It is critical that architects are trained to design cohousing communities by those who have already proven successful in doing so. To date, MDA has designed over 50 cohousing communities in North America – more than any other firm -- and have consulted on many more. MDA interns gain essential tools that are transferrable post-internship from a firm recognized for being a leader in the cohousing movement.

If you are interested in joining a growing housing movement in the U.S. and learning from the best, we want to talk to you. Email us at or call Lindy at 530-265-9980 to learn more. 

Our mantra is, "If it doesn't work socially, why bother?" If you agree with that and want to contribute to making sure that our project are beautiful and resilient, we want to hear from you.

For additional information, please visit our website, and send your resume and cover letter to