Senior Architectural Designer


Simeone Deary Design Group / Chicago, IL


Simeone Deary Design Group, an award-winning interior design firm, is seeking a Senior Architectural Designer. Located on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Simeone Deary Design Group has a team of 50 designers who develop timeless environments and concepts for the hospitality industry including hotels, spas and restaurants, as well as high-end residential clients throughout the United States and abroad.


The Senior Architectural Designer evaluates, selects, performs and manages multiple design teams in a self-directed manner in all aspects of the architectural and interior design conceptual process, including preparation of presentation materials, schematic design, design development, contract documents, renderings and construction administration activities within an established budget, schedule, site and programmatic requirements.


EDUCATION o Bachelor/ Master’s Degree from an accredited Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Interior Design program o Degrees must come from a CIDA-accredited Interior Design program or NAAB-accredited Architecture program EXPERIENCE o Minimum 8+ years of experience in broad range of hotel and restaurant design o Current registration with NCIDQ or state architectural licensing board strongly preferred o Experience with LEED® projects, LEED® AP certification is desirable o Knowledge of construction methods and materials particularly as applicable to the hospitality industry o Experience with the entire project life-cycle, through post-occupancy o Experience creatively leading and mentoring design teams DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES o Independently performs assignments with instructions as to the general results expected from senior management o Prepares preliminary architectural or interior architectural design concepts and alternatives for review by senior management o Leads creative spatial design, space planning and programming for design projects o Prepares conceptual architectural design and schematic design primarily for architectural ideas o Supervises and mentors design teams to ensure design vision is properly implemented o Leads architectural design expressions often for turnover to external project architect or architect of record o Maintains existing client contacts and actively builds new client contacts and industry relationships o Supports and complements senior management at client meetings o Participates in industry events, forums, and conferences as required ATTRIBUTES AND WORK STYLE o Accomplished and creatively inspired individual that is solution driven o Confident and experienced to lead and develop conceptual architectural ideas that integrate with interiors o Focuses on the creative “big ideas” and can articulate this vision through more detailed sketches o Maintains a deep passion for bar and restaurant design o Excels at demonstrating and leading by example with a collaborative and professional work ethic o Demonstrates effective leadership and mentoring skills o Organized, detail-oriented and thorough work style exhibiting pride and ownership in the quality of work o Professional verbal and written business communication skills o Maintains flexibility to travel as required o Comfortable and confident in representing the firm with the client DESIGN o Accomplished understanding and display of architectural design principles and theory o Skillful primarily in architectural facade design, master planning, and interior architecture o Displays strong creative interior design skills including concept development and hand sketching o Exercises creative judgment and design application skills in preparing client presentation materials including: freehand sketches, renderings, and 3D graphics o Experienced in preliminary phases of the design process including pre-design, conceptual and schematic design o Advanced understanding of building envelope materials and interior architectural finishes TECHNICAL o Knowledge of building codes, standards and building systems and structures o Understands conventional construction methods and techniques and how to integrate them appropriately o Produces AutoCAD and manually generated design drawings including elevations, sections and details o Prepares schematic design and preliminary design development drawings for turnover to architect of record o Proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Office, Excel and Outlook MANAGEMENT o Manages presentation and project deliverables established by senior management o Works closely with senior management to develop design direction and conceptual vision o Understands and maintains accurate time records of all project related assignments o Attends client meetings as requested by senior management o Develops design ideas with the support of junior staff as needed and oversees their creative development


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