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Interiors Practice Design Leader
San Francisco, California

Our client is a leading International multi-disciplinary practice consistently recognized and awarded at the highest levels for design excellence and technical innovation, committed to shaping a better future for their clients, communities and planet. The firm leverages its international expertise and in-depth knowledge of local markets through a network of culturally diverse global design studios focused on Hospitality, Commercial, Education, Aviation, Cultural, Sports, Health + Science and Civic projects. Their innovative work encompasses Architecture, Interior Design, Digital Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Sustainable Design, Urban Design and Planning. Given the firm’s continued growth and success they are seeking an Interiors Practice Design Leader to play a key role in their San Francisco practice regionally, nationally and globally.

As part of a collaborative global design practice, the Interiors Practice Design Leader will work closely with the San Francisco Leadership Team, and the firm-wide Interiors Leadership Team, developing a design approach that is responsive to the marketplace and within the firm's core values and Design Ethos. S/he will have the opportunity to use his or her exemplary skills, talents and expertise in creating a design framework that supports stand-alone Interiors as well as some of the most significant integrated design projects of our time. The Interiors Practice Design Leader supports the ethos of the practice by directing, administering, and coordinating the priorities and initiatives of the San Francisco office and leading Interior Design within an aggressively growing global practice. 

Establish the Design vision and further the development of Interiors projects in all phases through:

  • Coordinating meetings and developing consensus with the Design Partner or Director

  • Communicating Design goals to the project team on a regular basis 

  • Writing a comprehensive design narrative for the project that will inform the client and other disciplines about the Design intent, as well as contribute to publications and business development initiatives

  • Producing Design drawings consistent with office standards for the publication and presentation of work

  • Producing a Design consistent with the owner/client Design objectives, program, budget, and schedule

  • Collaborating with other disciplines in establishing Design direction

  • Establishing, communicating, and maintaining standards of quality for design and work product

  • Oversees the production of Concept Design, Schematic Design, and Design Development deliverables

  • Together with the Technical Designer, assist the Project Manager in establishing project budgets and schedules, and remain committed to working within the established parameters

  • Oversees project delivery efforts to establish efficient and innovative approaches to communicate design intent and scope throughout all project phases to meet Project Team requirements

  • Oversees the production resources and schedules of documentation for agreed upon deliverables, particularly for the Concept Design, Schematic Design, and Design Development phases

  • Supports the Technical Designer in the implementation of the Quality Management System for assigned projects

  • Fosters lasting and positive relationships with clients, the design community, and important government agencies (i.e. planning departments, commissions, and advocacy groups)

  • Oversees the design, programmatic, contextual, and cultural research and analysis required for the project

  • Oversees team in selection and assessment of materials and finishes for the project

  • Reviews deliverables for compliance with the project’s programmatic requirements

  • Supports the production of the technical specifications for the project

  • Works with the Senior Technical Designer, Project Manager and Digital Coordinator to implement the computer management program for the project utilizing the Project BIM Execution Plan and promoting digital innovation

  • When applicable, supports the team’s construction phase services scope including, but not limited to the following:

    • Makes periodic site visits to monitor construction progress and identify areas needing correction and/or modification

    • Attends visual mockup review

    • Assists the Technical Designer in reviewing shop drawings for design intent

  • Works with IT, Marketing, and Records Management to archive all final and preferred drawings, renderings, and photos for future use

  • Participates in local and firm-wide Design Review Meetings and Retreats and makes meaningful contributions to the advancement of activities led by these groups

Leadership and Culture

  • Actively leads a project team

  • Directly trains and mentors team members

  • Directly supervises staff and is committed to direct reports’ professional development

  • Develops and engages in talent strategy to find specialists, leaders, and future professionals for the firm through resume review and interviews

  • Actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities

  • Develops and/or manages, in collaboration with team members, a clear and consistent work plan to achieve the project budget, deliverables, and schedule

  • Encourages incorporation of sustainable strategies in all project assignments

  • Coordinates and supports business development, public relations, and marketing opportunities

  • Contributes to the development of standards, policies, and procedures

  • Protects firm from financial and legal risk

  • Effective at communicating and promoting the work of the firm


  • Substantial, progressively responsible experience in leading interior design

  • 10+ years of design leadership experience with a focus on large scale workplace and hospitality projects

  • General understanding of sustainable strategies and principles including familiarity with LEED or other green building rating systems

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead project teams and manage project schedule, budget and program

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, digital modeling tools (Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, etc.)

  • Familiarity with Revit and AutoCAD


  • Four-year accredited Architectural or Interior Design Degree. Completion of five or six year Architectural or dual Degree program preferred


  • Architectural Registration and/or NCIDQ professional accreditation

  • LEED accreditation preferred