Director of Architecture
Washington, DC Architecture + Wayfinding
Description

The Director of Architecture will lead the Architecture and Wayfinding team from people to projects. Directs teams of project designers, project architects, project managers, and others in the design and documentation of place-based environments. Specific efforts may include any and all aspects of the architectural process, especially focused on services through Design Development with potential for some projects to be managed through construction.  Project types include retail shell buildings, repositioning, and storefronts; office and mixed-use building repositionings; coordination of public spaces and landscape architecture; and site signage/wayfinding. Experience in retail, mixed-use, multi-family residential and office uses is highly recommended. Manages all aspects of team efforts – including excellent quality of project work, staffing, operations, and business development. Strong and passionate leader committed to overall team success, evolution, and creative innovation. Collaborates closely with Planning, Real Estate Strategy, branding, and Research & Analysis teams, among others.


Responsibilities

  • Successful design leadership and management of projects and/or teams 
  • Build collaboration and mentorship within the studio
  • Leads mentorship and development components of team staff
  • Manage a project for success – including client satisfaction, financial metrics, business development potential
  • Client point of contact able to make recommendations with respect for both client goals and team impacts.
  • Interface with project direction/management on creation and maintenance of project metrics and parameters such as fees, schedules, etc.
  • Participate in business development activities, including marketing efforts, proposals, and interviews
  • Directs and effectively delegates project work to senior designers and managers, while ensuring highest levels of quality
  • Work with other Streetsense teams to seek opportunities that continue to evolve the practice and create more value to services
  • Effectively conveys work and progress to company leadership to continue to grow and thrive as a practice
Requirements
  • Bachelor/Master Degree in Architecture from a CIDA or NAAB-accredited program
  • Currently licensed/registered architect
  • 15+ years of post-graduate experience in the architecture industry and beyond, leading projects, people, and studios through complex creative work and growth in new markets and locations
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including hand drafting/sketching skills for “on the spot” discussions with clients and teams
  • Self-directed, motivated, professional, and able to contribute and participate in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Experienced in blending a high level of creativity with practical solutions 
  • Excellence in leading and/or managing operational aspects of the entire team
  • Able to think through extremely complex issues and provide recommendations and solutions to our Clients
  • Proficiency and/or understanding of Revit or relevant BIM software required