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San Francisco, USA
Senior interior designer
at AvroKO

AvroKO is seeking 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 i.e. 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

Applications without portfolios will not be reviewed.

Who we are and what we offer

AvroKO has established a new paradigm in the hospitality industry, encompassing a multitude of disciplines while creating thoughtful and engaging architecture, brands, products, and environments. Since its launch in 2001, AvroKO has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative design firms in the field, due in large part to the group’s integrated design process and focus on creating emotionally connected experiences. In the past decade, the firm has grown to four offices (New York City, Bangkok, San Francisco, and London) working on projects across 22 countries in 32 cities, launched over a dozen company owned-and-operated restaurants, created a furniture and lighting company (Goodshop), and developed a separate branding and strategy division dedicated to projects of scale (Brand Bureau).

Preferred qualifications:
  • must be able to work in the office for 16 hours a week
  • 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 organizational 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

Please submit your resume and portfolio using the ‘apply’ link below.

  • Applications have closed.