The Design Director will transform expectations. This is a multifaceted role that focuses on the areas of Design, strategic planning & support, with a primary focus of being accountable for Design Excellence in all aspects of a project.
You will oversee the implementation of best practices across the team and must drive a passionately curious culture of work that transforms expectations for our clients, our peers and our communities. At Gensler we create emotional connections through meaningful design solutions that positively impact and transform people’s everyday experiences.
What You Will Do
Accountable for the design quality of all projects they are directing, and proactive involvement in the quality of design across the studio.
Is a main client interface for the direction and implementation of the design and foster a genuine, accountable relationship with the client throughout the entire project and beyond.
Is a Passionate advocate for our clients, ensuring that the design vision exceeds goals and expectations.
Is a fearless integrator and advocate for diverse points of view and expansive thinking, the Design Director works with all design synergy axis to ensure true synergy on projects.
Defines a project’s creative foundation by distilling goals, strategy and articulating a clear conceptual direction. Guiding the team to deliver on the “big idea”. Extends the concept across all project touchpoints.
Represents expertise in all project phases, takes calculated risks, leading teams into uncharted explorations – Holds the ultimate responsibility of overall design quality for all projects they are directing.
Is the climate champion for the project, establishing an impactful design direction to ensure that climate goals can be met.
Make Design Resilience and Design Purpose an integral part of every project.
Assures mentoring next generation of leadership.
Continually improve design culture within studios (resources, discourse, initiatives and recruiting).
External promotional efforts regarding design, including leadership within the design community.
Is participating in the advocacy of a sustainable approach to design.
Assures a collaborative and integrated approach towards working with other disciplines in the studio.
Design Management experience, preferably in the Architecture & Design industry
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Interior Design or Architecture
Minimum of ten (10) years of Design Management experience is essential
Strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills.
Knowledge and experience in all phases of interior design / architectural projects
Experience managing consultant teams and resolving complex technical and design issues
Proven ability to provide excellent client service and account leadership
Be proactive and adaptable with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Strong programming and space planning skills
High level of design competence with knowledge of building codes.
Proficiency in Revit desirable
Life at Gensler
At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.
We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities.
As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.