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This award winning multi-disciplinary architecture + design firm has an extensive portfolio encompassing multi-family residential, student housing, mixed-use and hospitality projects as well as corporate and government. The firm’s dynamic, design team structure promotes collaboration and innovation, while investing in the talent and expertise of all professional staff and incorporating the latest technology throughout the organization. They are committed to surpassing their clients’ expectations with design solutions that reflect and respect the unique cultural, social and built environment traditions of communities. Given the firm’s continued growth, they are seeking a Managing Partner with experience and expertise in multi-family, mixed-use and/or hospitality projects to assume a key leadership role in their growing Chicago office.
The Managing Partner is an entrepreneurial and collaborative leader, highly skilled in the design of large complex multi-family, mixed-use and/or hospitality projects while remaining focused on client engagement and office leadership. S/he will work closely and collaborate with Project Managers, Directors and the CEO office in the development of concepts and strategies that respond to program, client and project requirements while striving for design excellence. The firm’s strengths lie in the integration of architecture, landscape architecture and engineering, and the Managing Partner, as a design, client and office leader, will work closely across disciplines, collaborating in the development of exemplary projects.
With exceptional skills at building long-term relationships, s/he will lead marketing efforts with the CEO, business development and design colleagues to attract new clients and maintain existing clients in Chicago and nationally. The Managing Partner will manage the full scope of projects including design management, project delivery and project performance/ profitability. Adept with the big picture and the smallest details, the Managing Partner will have proven design and client leadership experience, managing the timely flow of information to all parties regarding planned schedules, budgets, and firm goals. S/he will communicate clearly with clients for any required decisions that impact the firm’s design goals, schedule and delivery of documents. In addition, the Managing Partner is responsible for:
Leads the marketing effort with the business development staff, management staff and the design staff to attract new clients and to maintain existing clients.
Prepare contents of contract and business arrangements with clients and outside parties after consulting with CEO and Directors and presenting to the clients.
Responsible for working with Project Managers to determine project scope, deadlines, and design team budgets. Identifies and maintains deadlines and budgets on assigned projects. Completes weekly staff scheduling in order to uphold project budgets and deadlines.
Oversees project documents process for issuance to meet the client’s development program and budget. Implements design and production processes and policies in line with the project fee budge, goals and professional standards.
Leads the design team in overviewing the plan layouts process for the projects; includes the determination of functional and spatial requirements and prepares information regarding design, specifications, materials, color and equipment.
Markets and coordinates the integration of our “holistic multi-disciplinary approach” in a unified design for client review and approval.
Directs and coordinates team members process in line with the firm’s process. The role will be reviewing and signing drawings and specification documents.
Maintains appropriate records and files as accessible to the firm’s leadership.
Maintains a free flow of communications with the Directors, Project Managers and staff members relative to duties and activities.
Performs as Client leader for the service and documents production with Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Engineering staff and independent consultants.
Receives project direction from the CEO with regards to the Boards overall direction, goals and policies.
Overviews the design and technical quality review process as part of client “promise” delivery process. Provides internal quality reviews of projects and teams under their direct control.
Supports, implements and coordinates office standards and procedures during the project delivery process.
Master of Architecture Degree and Architecture License with NCARB certification.
15+ years design and client leadership experience with developer driven projects
Strong written, verbal and drawing communications skills.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Effective presenting information and responding to questions from managers, clients and the general public.
Strong Revit, Microsoft Office Suite and related software systems that are at the forefront of architectural practice.
SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture and Licensure required, LEED AP preferred
15+ years progressive project experience and leadership on complex projects including multi-family residential new construction and renovation/restoration
Experience with all phases of projects including successful experience navigating and interacting with planning boards and review boards.
Collaborative leader with a proven track record of running teams and working closely with clients, sub-consultants and vendors while completing large, complex projects
Strong Knowledge of zoning ordinances, laws and regulations related to design and construction for multi-family residential and/or hospitality projects
Proven ability to present information and respond quickly to inquiries from managers, clients, and the general public
Proven fiscal accountability and responsibility, and an understanding of market forces pertaining to fees, scope and schedule requirements