Designer - Sports + Recreation - Kahler Slater


Kahler Slater / Chicago, IL / Website


Kahler Slater designs to enrich life and achieve powerful results. Through architecture, interior design, strategic advisory, and environmental branding, Kahler Slater solves their clients' most pressing challenges, advances strategic goals, and accelerates progress. They offer expertise in civic and cultural, healthcare, higher education, corporate workplace, residential, hospitality, and sports, recreation, and wellness sectors.


Kahler Slater is seeking a Designer who is enthusiastic about creating spaces that deliver the ultimate fan, coach, and athlete experience for our Sports + Recreation Team.

Our ideal Designer for Sports + Recreation is a design-forward, technically savvy problem solver with a passion for sports and recreation and experience designing complex projects. As a designer, you have knowledge about sports facility design including construction techniques, sports technologies and materials, field, and court configurations.

You will work with a team that is aligned with our open and flexible culture that encourages individual initiative and collaboration. You will build trusting relationships within the team and across Kahler Slater.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Development
-Assists in leading the planning and design phases of significant sports, recreation, and wellness projects, generating, and translating design concepts into final architectural solutions
-Support Project Leader in project management tasks, focusing on design-related content

-Direct and manage the internal and external design team from initial planning through construction administration
-Inspire, motivate, and lead project team in client service, design approach, and project delivery
-Establish an environment that encourages experimentation, innovation, and design creativity
-Contribute to a high level of energy and enthusiasm in the firm, and foster a spirit of collaborative problem solving and design excellence
-Represents the team with multiple Sports + Recreation clients, industry partners, contractors, consultants, and public authorities

Business Development
-Support team marketing and business development efforts which could include interviews, project pursuits, networking events, and thought leadership

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
-4 – 8+ years as a design professional with experience and/or passion in the sports, recreation, and wellness markets
-Professional degree in Architecture
-Registered Architect preferred
-3+ years of Revit production experience, and proficiency utilizing Revit
-Successful team-orientation and collaboration behaviors
-Diligence in seeking solutions to complex problems
-Strong communications skills, spoken, written, and graphic
-Focuses on collaboration and cooperation with others, demonstrating design leadership
-Efficiently responds to client needs
-Able to coach and be coachable
-Able to work effectively under pressure and within restrictive time deadlines and budget parameters while maintaining focus, positive attitude

Working relationships and scope:
-Report to Team Lead and Design Lead
-Collaborate with other design and project team members
-Represents the firm in alignment with Kahler Slater’s core values
-Mentor junior staff members

Working conditions:
Work is performed in a professional, collaborative, creative, office and hybrid environment. Great flexibility in your schedule is both required of you and returned to you due to our many project deadlines. Occasional overnight travel is expected as it relates to serving clients and professional development.  

Include a cover letter, resume, and portfolio when you apply.

Kahler Slater is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Kahler Slater is an E-verify employer.


Erica Chappelear
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