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New York, USA
Director of architecture
at Greystar

Greystar is seeking a director of architecture to join its global design team in New York, USA.

Job summary

A unique and exciting role for a passionate design leader who will provide creative direction for architectural design in Greystar’s global business. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing a strong creative culture that encourages open discourse, innovation and critical thinking and promoting Greystar as a global design leader in rental housing. The role involves working collaboratively with our internal teams to develop a clear global design vision and oversees the delivery of that vision through regular design reviews that engage with our global network of design directors and external consultants.

Essential responsibilities:

  • leads Greystar’s architectural design vision, global architecture network and architecture review panels through a collaborative approach that encourages critical thinking and open discourse
  • reviews and interprets consumer and market research to provide creative direction on asset positioning or repositioning within competitive markets, consistently driving and elevating design
  • develops and communicates Greystar’s architecture design principles, defining design quality standards, processes and guidance on urban design, architecture and spatial planning requirements
  • develops and promotes relationships with leaders in the design industry, partners, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers
  • promotes Greystar’s standing as a thought leader in the design industry by engaging in design conferences, talks, events and publications
  • researches and implements innovative ideas to improve design quality, timelines and delivery costs, including procurement strategies, product, to standardisation and material and furniture selection
  • collaborates with internal and external teams to develop thoughtful, creative design strategies that promote Greystar’s global brand standards
  • collaborates with global investment, development, construction, technology, property management and marketing teams to establish global guidance for design strategies, budgeting and programming
  • oversees local design leaders on the interviewing, selection, negotiation and management of architectural design consultants, appointments and scopes
  • oversees local design leaders on the design vision for each project, including design narrative, massing, urban design, façade design, block planning, apartments and amenity spaces

Working conditions:

  • incumbents primarily work in an office environment but may be required to make property and development site visits and inspections as part of the due diligence, predevelopment and construction process

Physical demands:

  • incumbents must be able to view computer screens, mobile devices and other electronic equipment for extended periods of time where visual strain may result
  • regular travel within and outside of the assigned geographic area may be required to attend business meetings, training classes or other situations necessary for the accomplishment of some or all of the daily responsibilities of this position

Required licenses or certifications:

  • degree in architecture (AIA, RIBA Part 3)

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • excellent interpersonal and relationship-management skills in order to establish, cultivate and maintain productive relationships with external consultants, designers and architects
  • strong organisational, time-management and project management skills in order to effectively track, report and manage multiple projects and priorities where meeting deadlines is critical
  • strong design communication and presentation skills and experience in the management of complex and/or large-scale high-end residential, hotels or commercial projects with a good knowledge of all aspects of a construction project
  • strong experience within a professional design background of architecture with some proficiency in the use of design software, including CAD (Vectorworks preferred) 3D software (SketchUp) and BIM
  • demonstrate the ability to read, write and communicate effectively to develop, comprehend and complete legal, financial, human resources and other business documents and to provide updates and reports to owners and key business leaders
  • demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint programs in order to complete required reports and documents

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

  • This position has been filled.