Architectural Historian/Cultural Resources Planner

Garavaglia Architecture, Inc. - San Francisco, CA


Garavaglia Architecture Inc. is a dynamic preservation architecture firm conveniently located in downtown San Francisco. Established in 1986, our range of projects includes civic, commercial, institutional, and residential projects with a specialization in historic preservation and sustainability. While many of our projects are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we do work throughout California. The firm actively seeks projects that challenge our studio, including a variety of interesting and unusual projects both large and small. We pride ourselves in offering our clients innovative and personalized services for their projects while seamlessly integrating technical expertise with creative design solutions.

As a growing firm, we are currently seeking an Architectural Historian with 2 to 5 years of professional experience.

Architectural Historian candidates should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of and experience with the following:

  • Standard industry reports – HRE, HSR, SISR Reviews and National Register Nominations
  • Historic preservation philosophies and current methodologies
  • Secretary of the Interior’s Treatment Standards
  • Survey methodologies
  • CEQA research
  • Regional development trends/contexts planning requirements
  • Tax Credit Applications
  • HABS / HAER / HALS documentation
  • Planning and Conditions Assessment Reports
  • Solid client communication skills
  • Excellent writing and editing abilities
  • Keen sense of project timelines and budgets
  • Field Work as part of report preparation
  • Comfort with a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary teamwork environment

Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters in Preservation Planning, Historic Preservation, Architectural History or related field
  • Candidate must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural Historian

Garavaglia Architecture is committed to providing an environment for growth opportunities to its employees including participation in professional organizations and continuing educational opportunities. We offer medical and other benefits and are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please email your resume, cover letter, and work samples.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Historic Resource Evaluations: 2 years (Required)
  • Report Writing: 2 years (Required)


  • Master's (Preferred)


  • San Francisco, CA (Required)

Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Signing bonus
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule
  • Professional development assistance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
  • Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity
  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment
  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture