Environs Development is a full-service real estate development, architecture, interior design and construction management company with projects focusing in Chicago’s upscale urban North neighborhoods. Founded in 1991, we have focused on the creative development of multi-million dollar urban single family homes, condominiums and mixed-use projects. Our style is tailored by our client’s preferences. We have been awarded with national recognition for projects of all styles ranging from minimalist modern homes to traditional homes with historically accurate detailing. We actively seek out highly focused and talented designers who desire to expand their level of comfort that also have a strong technical expertise and organized approach. Right and left brains are both exercised here! We have a collaborative team of architects, interior designers and construction professionals that offers each team member a multi-disciplined learning environment. Please learn more about our firm at www.environsdevelopment.com.
We are searching for a Design Director of Architecture with extensive experience in the Chicago upscale urban environment to lead all the phases of projects from conceptualization through completion.
The work will include interaction with our company owner and clients on initial design concepts and sales design development. This role will be the primary contact for guiding our clients through the design and selection process of their new home. Requires limited oversight to plan and accomplish goals. A substantial degree of creativity and latitude is required. The role is for someone who is a gifted and passionate design savant who is not only ahead of design trends, but also a design trend setter. We move fast and efficiently at Environs with skilled teams of highly intelligent and energetic personnel. Position reports directly to the owner of Environs.
Essential Job Functions
Design conceptualization for development sites with Environs’ owner and selling broker
Ability to design impressive floor layouts on the fly in sales meetings
Ability to lead design discussions in sales meetings and charm potential clients
Deep understanding of cost implications related to designs and ability to guide the design of speculative and client projects toward budgetary goals
Ability to move fast and keep projects on schedule and within budget
All phases of marketing, presentation and client relationships
All phases of design for urban luxury homes and projects
Some degree of skill in interior design and furnishings
Supervision of cross functional teams
10+ years of Chicago urban luxury residential design and construction experience
A design savant with a passion for staying ahead of design trends
Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Strong design skills for overall plan layout, façade and all interior details
Design experience from very traditional to ultra-contemporary
Highly organized with strong attention to detail and ability to see the big picture
Licensed Architects preferred
Proficient in Microsoft Office software – primarily Word, Excel, Outlook and AutoCad/Revit
Additional Salary Information: Position offers the following compensation package: Salary commensurate with experience, skill and qualification of candidate; 401(k) profit sharing plan; profit sharing bonuses; vacation and sick leave; group health insurance. Resumes should be accompanied by a brief cover letter explaining why you are uniquely qualified for this role. Review our website at www.environsdevelopment.com.
About Environs Development
Environs Development is a full-service real estate development, architectural, interior design and construction management company founded in 1991. We build distinctive, high-end custom single-family homes and mixed use projects in Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Bucktown. Environs has a long history of strong growth and success, supported by our solid foundation of highly skilled and multi-talented team members. Refer to our website at www.environsdevelopment.com.