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San Francisco, USA
Senior interior designer
at AvroKO

AvroKO is hiring a senior interior designer to join its team in San Francisco, USA.

About the role

The senior designer acts as AvroKO’s lead designer responsible for the whole design of a project through overseeing the definition and delivery of the design from conceptualization, through development, coordination, documentation and execution in the field. This is a project specific role.

The senior designer’s core responsibilities are


  • leading the AvroKO team in conceiving of the project design to meet the clients program, quality objectives, project constraints as well as AvroKO’s brand of design
  • liaison between the principal in charge and the design team during the design process
  • organize and run regular in house design sessions presenting to the P.I.C and with the team
  • work as part of the team sketching design solutions, preparing drawings, editing presentations, sourcing materials, finishes FF&E, producing work drawings, specifications etc.


  • responsible for the development of the whole design of the project according to the design intent
  • reviewing all documents to ensure they incorporate the design intent


  • represent AvroKO and the design for all consultant coordination meetings
  • manage design coordination within AvroKO ie between architecture, FF&E and graphics, and between owners, consultants and AvroKO
  • manage and coordinate all communications to and from consultants
  • supervise, develop and mentor designers
  • coordinate with the project manager in providing services per scope, budget and schedule


  • responsible for creating and delivering presentations based on AvroKO’s deliverables standards for presentations and contract documents
  • oversee the production and delivery of quality and timely sets of contract documents being drawings, specifications, budgets and reports as proscribed by the contract


  • partners with project manager to ensure conformance with architecture standards’ checklist requirements specific to each project design phase
  • lead the AvroKO team in performing it’s construction administration services including:
  • responding to RFI’s and interpreting the contract documents to ensure the design intent is met
  • reviewing submittals, substitutions and field conditions for conformance with design intent
  • attending and reporting on field visits
  • conducting punch lists reviews
  • resolving problems and issues that arise during construction


  • partners with project manager to ensure conformance with architecture standards’ checklist requirements specific to each project design phase.
    This is a very important function of the senior designer’s role
  • as a creative collaborative, all voices are welcome and should be considered in the design process
  • while the SD has certain responsibilities and authorities – AvroKO is NOT hierarchical or dictatorial, and goes to great pains to encourage junior staff in order to bring out their best, and capitalize on their talents and energy
  • the successful SD is able to encourage staff initiative to think for themselves and create and iterate on ideas we develop as a team, rather than prescribe or force their own vision on a project. The SD also doing the work in collaboration with the team – not just delegating tasks

Project financial monitoring and reporting:

Studio wide

  • forecaster: project what we should be billing. Update at minimum once a month to reflect
  • existing project schedule changes
  • submit to PIC for review
  • potential projects forecast
  • new project starts
  • billings – monitoring what we actually bill
  • update percent completes at the end of month (or before client billing date)
  • coordinate with accounting
  • review A/R and help on collections
  • be aware of invoicing

Project specific:

  • project management report (PMR)
  • review at minimum once a month – preferably every two weeks, especially for large projects
  • adjust work plan based on Spent to Date (STD) figures
  • staffing
  • based on routine PMR review, and considering adjustments in project schedule or scope, mark up changes to the office schedule with requirements for staffing changes (which must be substantiated with a work plan, and additional service agreement (ASA) where necessary

Staff scheduling:

Studio Wide

  • using MS project one can create and adjust
  • new projects (set to automatic scheduling) with durations (in work days) and start dates
  • set relationship by creating predecessors
  • adjusting tasks to be subtasks
  • assign staff on a percentage basis
  • run reports showing
  • gantt chart overall schedule by project and phase. Filter of highlight to suit for date ranges
  • project allocations by person (resource) to see total work load commitment near and long term
  • person allocation by project
  • overall studio wide work load commitment to ensure full utilization.
  • monitor staffing to identify openings in availability and report to New
  • business development team, to plan for new work intake.
  • reconcile staffing with forecaster to plan for when we need work for cash flow vs staff availability

Project specific:

  • using Smartsheets one can create schedules and task lists (from the same sheet by changing view) in order to list the
  • main phases of our services
  • key tasks required during each phase (Work Breakdown Structure WBS)
  • timing and sequencing of key tasks
  • principle person responsible
  • progress and final milestone dates, workshops and meetings.
  • those managing projects should be leading
  • project kick off meetings
  • phase kick off meetings
  • weekly team check in to review progress

Preferred qualifications

  • over eight years of post-graduate design experience with significant experience in high end, bespoke hospitality design restaurants and hotels
  • demonstrated conceptual approach to design
  • experience leading design teams
  • persuasive presentation skills
  • excellent teamwork skills
  • ability to work collaboratively with design directors and creative managing directors across the firm
  • excellent organisational skills with a strong attention to detail
  • outstanding communication skills
  • proven industry experience with common industry software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling applications, AutoCAD and Microsoft Office, Spexx specification writing software a plus
  • experience building, nurturing and fostering client relationships
  • strong writing skills (narratives, strategy, meeting minutes, proposals, etc.)
  • minimum bachelor’s degree in interior design or architecture – master’s degree a plus

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