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TCA Architects Overview

Irvine, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year

TCA Architects – Why Work For Us?


TCA Architects has been passionate about high-density housing since 1993. Our award-winning architectural designs are backed up by our industry-leading technological expertise. We are committed to providing uncompromising service, and help our clients deliver exceptional projects that respect our communities and the environment. Our expertise includes master planning, design, documentation, and construction administration for a variety of multifamily, mixed-use, and related building typologies. As architects, we take pride in helping shape quality living environments for everyone.

Our work is highly collaborative, and our internal studio structure with in-house design reviews and a rigorous quality management program ensures that every project receives the same commitment to excellence. We recognize that our success relies upon the positive influence of external team members, and we pride ourselves in our ability to collaborate with cities, consultants, engineers, and builders who bring reality to the places we envision. Our three California-based studios are currently designing projects across the Western United States and Asia.


Sustainability BuildingWe don’t just design sustainable buildings, we design for sustainable lifestyles. TCA’s commitment to going green is a commitment to improving the way we all live. From healthier, more robust communities, conserving natural and financial resources, to building for the long term, while increasing the allure and value of a property for the now.

TCA is leading the drive towards more sustainable design practices by innovating and championing principles that result in higher building performance, user satisfaction and industry certification. To this end, we’ve established a Green Task Group, led by sustainability veteran Frank Pasker, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C. Pasker is joined at TCA by 25 LEED accredited professionals on staff, including eight principals, in researching, promoting and implementing industry-leading sustainable techniques.

Going green has also become a daily act for TCA staff. Whether it’s the daylight illuminating our LEED certified downtown L.A. office or the glassware from which our guests drink, the buses and trains we take to work, or the bicycles we race on weekends. Simple changes in our habits—and simple design solutions to support those changes—can have profound and far-reaching effects. Living greener is not an “all or none” proposition. We’re learning and growing incrementally, and we’re encouraging our clients and their residents to do the same.

undefinedWelcome to TCA Architects

TCA offers an open door environment where Principals and staff work side by side. We foster collaboration, sharing design ideas, and developing solutions as a team. Do you share our passion for excellence, want to work in a collaborative, energetic, and supportive atmosphere? If your response is a resounding "YES!", then TCA may be the place for you!

Want more than a great work environment?  We invest in the professional growth of our team.  We have a TCA University program, which is an ongoing internal education and training program for all levels and roles within the firm. Staff has access to the TCA University database with information on upcoming and archived seminars and tutorials in a variety of disciplines. We encourage architectural licensure, support the Intern Development Program (IDP), and offer Professional Development Reimbursement for exams passed. Your professional growth is important, but so is having time for your personal life. For that reason, the majority of our staff members enjoy our alternative work week schedule – working a little longer Monday through Thursday, and starting the weekend at noon on Friday! We have three locations including Irvine, Downtown Los Angeles, and Oakland, California. Which location may be the place for you?

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    Always busy with innovative projects. Nice staff - fun to work with. Bonuses when times are good. Good branding.


    Only offers Kaiser. Don't tell the owner your political beliefs. After you leave (on your own) you hope bridges weren't burned; but not always the case

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    Be nicer to past employees

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