A Senior Design Architect is responsible for the development of architectural projects with an emphasis on design ambition. They will manage the critical path process and lead project teams from pre-design and conceptual development to project completion. As part of large project teams with a Senior Technical Architect or Project Manager, they will lead project teams with design presentations, client alignment, and contributing to project detailing with an emphasis on design sensitivity. They will support large project teams with client alignment, community engagement and overall design direction in early phases and support the overall development of project documentation until completion.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Lead the development of projects from pre-design through project completion by establishing and meeting project goals, developing visually compelling presentations and documentation for all phases of design, and monitoring work during construction; in order to complete an aspirational design with respect to budget and schedule.
Collaborate with all disciplines to ensure comprehensive design solutions are achieved and communicate design aspirations clearly to the entire project team, client, and key stakeholders with both visual and verbal communication skills.
Pursue expertise through research and practice to establish Knowledge and Thought Leadership in a specialized area of interest: i.e. Sector, Design Process, Construction Methodology, etc.
Ensure that all aspects of code and life safety issues are addressed throughout the entire design process and coordinate with teams and external consultants.
Provide leadership and mentoring to less experienced staff.
10+ years experience with architectural emphasis
Licensed Architect in the U.S.
Demonstrated experience as lead designer on award-winning projects in one of the following categories: Mixed-Use or Multi-Family Housing / Civic or Cultural / Urban Design
Expertise in visualization particularly 3-Dimensional rendering
Proficiency in Revit, Dynamo, with expertise in Rhino, Grasshopper and Adobe CS
Demonstrated and recognized design experience in projects recognized for design quality, innovation and significance.
Capable of creating a team atmosphere leading to successful completion of projects
Computational Design skills desired
Experience with Digital Fabrication desired
LEED Accreditation preferred
About INFORM studio
INFORM Studio (INFORM) is a woman-owned architectural and design practice with offices in metro Detroit and Chicago. We specialize in the design of mixed-use, community, cultural, retail, urban design, and housing projects all across the nation. As a multidisciplinary team of architects, interior designers, engineers, urban and computational designers, we are focused on changing the way the built environment is designed and delivered to bring positive change.
We are committed to creating experiential connections between people, place, and culture. We design to support expression and create identity. We design to strengthen communities and connect its members. We design for inclusion because we believe every person has value. We design for tomorrow because it can improve today.
We believe the most successful design outcomes converge innovative insight with the right information and data streams. With a data-led design process, we work to formulate solutions that go beyond formal expression and into valued performance measurables. It enables us to continually learn; leveraging and adapting our knowledge to solve the next challenge. It also affords us the freedom and framework to ...quickly iterate through new ideas and untapped potential on each project. By allowing data to guide design, we can see first-hand the immediate impacts our design suggestions have on financial, environmental, and performance goals prior to projects being realized.