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Architectural project director
at A Work Of Substance

A Work Of Substance is looking for an architectural project director to join its team in Dubai.

We are a collective of passionate explorers from 17 countries. We exercise the art of forgetting what we know and look to maps of the past, as we scavenge for vibrant stories about the people and cultures that our designs inhabit.

Our team of strategists, editors, graphic designers, architects, landscape designers, interior designers and product designers allow us to shape every single touch point. Our designs are an opportunity to entertain a conversation with your guests, an invitation to interact and to contemplate, entertaining rituals and creating habits.

It is an opportunity to tell your story and to tell a story that no one else is telling.

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  • distilling abstract business concepts and client needs into elegant creative solutions
  • acting as the main point of contact between clients and A Work Of Substance, ensuring timely response to client enquiries and the team’s needs for clarifications
  • delivering a holistic design within the projects you are assigned to ensuring there is cohesion between the interior design, architectural design, product design and branding deliverables
  • planning and preparing for potential challenges within assigned projects, and addressing appropriately and in a timely manner when these are unexpected issues
  • providing management with a plan of action and ensure this is carried out to minimize project disruption
  • creative custodianship – supporting the creative director with carrying out projects and ensuring the creative brief is understood and delivered by the team
  • delivering and leading the goal and vision of assigned projects
  • leading brainstorming and creation of concepts with a team; ideating with team members about the best way to solve a particular challenge
  • fostering a creative and pragmatic environment for the design team providing mentorship, coaching, and regular feedback to help foster development and growth within the team
  • developing knowledge for distinctive insights
  • pitch ideas confidently and present the creative vision clearly to clients, as well as communicate in the same manner to members of the creative team
  • building and managing a talented, diverse, inclusive team of creative designers and leaders that consistently delivers on projects and is well-balanced across a range of design skill sets
  • driving collaboration and vision across the company to build alignment on priorities
  • overseeing multiple projects and highlighting if there is a need to scale resources to ensure deadlines are met and be effective by setting clear direction/goals
  • helping to develop design talent and a thriving culture where designers grow in their careers and feel a strong sense of inclusion and belonging
  • fostering a strong, collaborative design practice


  • BA in interior design, interior architecture or architecture and over 10 to 15 years of extensive experience in designing large interior projects including urban and resort hotels is required
  • extensive experience and proven ability in business development/client relations
  • extensive experience and proven ability in the use of AutoCAD, Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • extensive experience and proven ability in interior design and, graphic design concepts such as, but not limited to hand sketch casework, vignette scenes, hand colouring, rendering interior drawings, area take-offs and shop drawing
  • extensive proficiency and understanding of FF&E quantity matrices
  • extensive proficiency and understanding of imperial and metric measuring and drawing
  • the substantial ability and experience in independently designing major areas within the hotel and or commercial interior design project arena
  • substantial experience in interaction with clients regarding proposals, negotiations budgets and client presentations
  • extremely strong project management skills
  • the willingness and ability to travel
  • must have the ability to motivate and inspire other
  • substantial and proven abilities in interfacing with clients, consultants, vendors and internal staff
  • substantial experience in coordinating, delegating, mentoring and giving feedback to project team
  • the ability to understand and implement complex concepts, practices, and procedures within the interior design field

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Salary: Undisclosed
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