Senior Interior Designer/Architect

Smith Maran Architecture + Interiors Smith Maran Architecture + Interiors Employer:
Montclair, NJ, USLocation:
Fri, Apr 27 '18Posted on:

Smith Maran Architecture + Interiors in Montclair, NJ seeks a Senior Interior Designer/Architect.  We are looking for a highly organized and design-savvy professional to guide corporate interiors, commercial work and residential interiors in the tri-state area. As members of a small firm, we each wear more than one hat and you will, too. If you know us, you know we and our clients prize someone who speaks, writes and listens well. If you don’t know us, our office is in the cultural heart of NJ and we serve a broad range of clients with unique design challenges and high expectations.

Your Role

  • Work in all phases of project, from attending interviews and assisting on proposal writing to managing project set-up, consultant RFP’s, design, CD’s, bidding, contract prep, CA, punchlist and closeout
  • Sustain positive and productive client contact for the lifecycle of a project
  • Conceptualize, visualize and articulate clear, thoughtful and inspired design solutions
  • Support and guide project team(s) including architects, interior designers, job captains, graphic designers and engineering consultants
  • Coordinate project scheduling, meetings, budgets, consultants, contractors, subs and vendors
  • Create and communicate clear and attainable project objectives to project team members
  • Report to firm Principal
  • BArch or MArch and/or Interior Design degree from an accredited university
  • Min. 8 years of experience in an architecture or interior design firm
  • Min. 6 years on corporate/commercial interiors
  • Min. 6 years working on projects in NYC
  • Min. 4 years on projects that include core and shell
  • Min. 4 years on residential projects
  • Able to complete tasks for multiple projects at a time
  • Experience to include:         
    • Participating in entire project lifecycle, from interview to post-occupancy
    • Leading and mentoring project teams
    • Interviewing and participation in proposal writing
    • Strong communication and relationship management skills to maintain existing client relationships and to build new ones
    • Fiscal awareness and accountability for project time and fees
    • Knowledge of and ability to research and interpret local ordinances, and state and national building codes, requirements and best practices
    • Preparation of RFP’s for, selection of, and coordinating consultant teams for Civil, Structural, MEPFP, etc.
    • Concept development and visualization for large and small scale projects
    • Preparing construction documents and specifications
    • Custom detailing
    • Construction administration
  • Fluent in Autocad, InDesign, Excel
  • Fluency or familiarity with PhotoShop and SketchUp
  • LEED Accreditation a significant plus
  • Licensed Architect or NCIDQ a significant plus


  • Establishing, managing and negotiating project scope and fees - participating in monthly billing and job cost analysis
  • The ideal candidate will be a team player with a high-end, modern sensibility, will possess passion for and commitment to architecture and design, and will have experience with and interest in both the big and small, from concept to close out 


Salary is paid according to experience and portfolio. The position is full-time and an immediate hire. Please send a letter of interest, your resume and portfolio for consideration to:  Please include “Senior Interior Designer/Architect” in the subject line and, in your letter, tell us where you saw this job posting.  We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Please, no calls.

About Our Firm

Smith Maran Architecture + Interiors llc is an award-winning design firm. Founded in 1997, we are located in Montclair, NJ. Our firm creates outstanding private and public spaces for a wide range of clients, from small businesses and institutions to Fortune 500 companies. Every project, regardless of size, is handled with a seriousness of purpose and a passion for interpreting our client’s culture and expressing it in an appropriate, carefully crafted environment.

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