Senior Designer - Commercial
Atlanta, GA 
Posted 26 days ago
Job Description


A recognized leader who is responsible for envisioning, designing and delivering exceptional projects for clients. Possesses strong communication skills, a flexible attitude, ability to solve problems creatively and ability to foster and manage effective client relationships. Responsible for high-impact decisions. Coordinates with design talent across the firm and industry to elevate the quality of work overall. Endorses the firm's values by personally influencing client service, innovation and communication. Acts as subject matter expert for design solutions.


  • Acts as lead designer on multiple projects developing conceptual design, presentations and implementation documents
  • Guides and directs multiple project teams to manage the development of design throughout design development and implementation documents
  • Establishes the vision and sets project goals in conjunction with the client and project team
  • Leads design effort and client presentations to develop and support client relationships
  • Develops creative design concepts for projects and expands on concepts of others
  • Manages design solutions based on industry standard construction techniques and engineering principals
  • Oversees schematic land and site planning drawings with graphic content to convey ideas, methodologies and approaches for marketing and proposal requests
  • Oversees the development of and may modify and/or review graphic presentations, 3D rendering and implementation documents to incorporate the design intent
  • Oversees delivery of complete project design presentation to client user group or public forum
  • Coordinates with consultants, contractors, fabricators, furniture dealers and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives; manages project details with consulting design or engineering firms
  • Resolves complex design issues with innovative and practical solutions to maintain goals and objectives of projects
  • Works with respective teams to manage client expectations, team communication and consultant coordination
  • Oversees product research and directs project designers with materials and systems evaluation to make proper selections
  • Leads and collaborates in team meetings to discuss project issues, technical issues and coordination with other disciplines
  • Develops, recognizes, recruits and grows diverse talent
  • Manages conflict effectively and encourages a healthy team environment
  • Actively promotes and incorporates the firm's principles of 'design excellence' through the integration of responsible and sustainable design practice with the art of design, including understanding mindful materials evaluation and selection
  • Responsible for delivering a project on defined budget requirements and maintaining accountability to project plan and planned utilization rate
  • May participate in marketing interviews and project interviews


  • Accredited professional degree in Architecture, Interior Design or related field
  • Architectural registration strongly preferred
  • Typically 15+ years of experience
  • Sustainable design accreditation preferred
  • Proficiency in Revit preferred
  • Proficiency in architectural software such as 3D modeling (including Rhino and Grasshopper, 3D Studio MAX, etc.) and AutoCAD preferred
  • Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp and InDesign graphic software preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite preferred
  • Successful track record with managing a team and performing duties in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with the entire project lifecycle, through post-occupancy
  • Strong knowledge of sustainability and integrated design guidelines
  • Knowledge of the appropriate use of building systems, materials and technologies
  • Knowledge of furniture, furnishings and equipment (FF&E) and Environmental Graphic process
  • Knowledge of architectural building systems, applicable codes and regulations
  • Strong presentation skills and graphic and visualization skills to communicate design ideas
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and professional manner both verbally and in writing


If you currently work for HKS, please submit your application via the Internal Careers Portal.

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
15+ years
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