About SABA


SABArchitects (SABA) was formed in 2003 by Steve Erickson, Arthur Furukawa, and Bob Vizenor. Having worked together at several different architectural firms for the previous 10 years, Steve, Arthur, and Bob recognized their compatible and complementary skill sets and decided to create their own firm. Over the past 16 years, SABA has grown from the three founders into a mid-sized firm of 35 highly skilled professional staff.

SABA has managed to remain incredibly nimble. The principals are proud to be actively involved in projects, present at client meetings, and personally invested in the quality of each project. They have created a culture of mentorship and independence so that, at any time, you can expect to get well informed answers from any point of contact on our team.


The SABA Mission: To make some space for our clients to change the world.

SABA strives to understand our client’s goals from the very beginning for each project. We bring integrity and a commitment to serving our clients with a focus on developing and maintaining long-term client relationships.

With each individual on our team possessing a broader band of skills than one finds in most architecture firms, SABA staff are able to fulfill varying roles as they move from project to project. More importantly, we find this diversity of skills within an individual brings value to our clients as we can bring forth more ideas to more facets of a project as staff are not confined to their silos.

  • Predesign & Programming
  • Master Planning
  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design & FFE
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Job Openings

The Position:  We are currently looking for a dynamic and adaptable team player who will be responsible for financial analysis, reporting, forecasting, client invoicing and cash flow management as well as implementing HR programs, managing company benefits, and working with client teams on organizational needs specific to training and development, employee relations, and retention strategies. 

The Responsibilities:


  • Direct responsibility of financial planning & analysis function using Ajera.
  • Maintain balance sheet accounts and provide account reconciliations.
  • Prepare quarterly financial forecasts and review with Principals.
  • Review project profitability reports and investigate unexpected results with project managers.
  • Receive and process consultant invoices, review project proposals/work schedule and set up in Ajera.
  • Maintain financial controls, including working closely with the bookkeeper and accountant.
  • Collect, analyze and present financial information to Principals identifying risks and opportunities to aid the team in meeting their specific goals.

Human Resources

  • Implement human resources programs by providing HR services, support for allocating staff resources, records management, safety and health, employee relations and retention, and AA/EEO compliance.
  • Develop HR solutions by collecting and analyzing information; recommending courses of action.
  • Working in concert with the Principals, and others as required, to implement the Company's Core Values
  • Help improve employee performance by identifying and clarifying problems and evaluating potential solutions.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.

Employee Relations

  • Work with Principals to develop, improve and implement company-wide HR strategies.
  • Work with Principals and employees to identify and provide education and training opportunities for HR related issues, such as professional development, team-building, work-life balance, career pathing, and benefits.
  • Provide Human Resources support for employee hiring, terminations, record maintenance, file updates, reporting, and other projects as assigned.

Benefits Administration

  • Manage enrollments of medical, dental and vision enrollments, COBRA, terminations, changes, beneficiaries, disability, 401K rollovers, and other benefits related items 
  • Takes the lead in managing and hosting annual open enrollment with support from senior leadership.
  • Review benefits policies and provide analysis to Principals regarding existing plans and future options.
  • Make recommendations to leadership on changes to benefits programs to improve expenditures and delivery.
  • Work with Principals to promote a culture of health and well-being by planning and health and wellness activities.

Senior Project Manager - Healthcare

Full Time
7-18 years experience

The Position:  Senior Project Manager for Healthcare Clients

  • To lead significant firm projects as the prime client contact and internal team leader
  • Opportunity to work on a wide variety of healthcare project types and sizes
  • In charge of steering and delegating tasks to SABA’s internal project team
  • In charge of drafting and assembling consultant contracts
  • In charge of financial performance of project
  • Actively participate in mentoring younger staff
  • Participate in marketing efforts to pursue projects in their area of expertise
  • Potential for some west coast travel

Qualification and Experience:

  • M-Arch or B-Arch degree
  • 7 – 18 years of professional experience in architecture
  • 5 years minimum experience in healthcare projects
  • Licensed Architect in Washington, other western states a plus
  • Working knowledge of Design Guidelines and Joint Commission Standards
  • Motivated self-starter with ability to plan work and monitor project performance
  • A collaborative nature and a desire to see all team members succeed
  • Ability to manage one larger project or several small to medium sized ones
  • Shell & core experience a plus

Architect in Training - Biotech Lab & Healthcare

Full Time
2 - 5 years experience

The Position:  Project Support for Biotech R&D Lab and Healthcare Clients

  • Great opportunity to learn Lab and Healthcare Planning skills.  This is the perfect position for those closet science and technical nerds
  • Ideal position to learn the full range of professional skills required for licensure
  • Opportunity to work on a wide variety of project types or focus on a specific one
  • Work directly with firm principals
  • Attend design and construction meetings
  • Assist with conceptualizing and developing project designs
  • Work as part of a team to produce documents for permit and construction
  • Actively participate in construction administration
  • Potential to participate in marketing efforts
  • Potential for some west coast travel

Qualifications and Experience:

  • M-Arch or B-Arch degree
  • 2-5 years professional experience in architecture
  • Adept with AutoCAD & Revit
  • Motivated self-starter with good organizational skills
  • An open mind, an enthusiastic outlook, and a team player
  • An interest in science and technology