Design Principal

SmithGroup SmithGroup Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Jun 26 '18Posted on:

SmithGroup is an award-winning, multinational integrated design firm with a team of 1,300 experts across 13 offices in the U.S. and China. We employ research, data, advanced technologies and design thinking to help clients solve their greatest challenges. Our specialists—from artists and engineers, to nurses, workplace strategists and beyond—develop beautiful, sustainable, future-focused solutions for healthcare providers, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces.

The San Francisco office of SmithGroup is currently seeking a highly talented Design Principal with a passion for Workplace Design.  The Design Principal will be an advocate for design excellence within the office through an integrated and collaborative approach. The Design Leader consistently exhibits and demonstrates a commitment to SmithGroup’s core values – Collaboration, Creativity, Community, Integrity and the Environment.

The Design Principal will bring an award-wining and recognized portfolio of design work that helps build and further develop our Workplace practice. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manages design team members during the implementation of design to ensure clarity and quality of concept is maintained through detail level.
  • Manages client interaction and decision making relative to design.
  • Participates in business development activities, project pursuits and interviews.
  • Represents the firm in design presentations at national events and outside associations.
  • Provides mentorship, guidance, leadership, and growth of designers within the office.
  • Assists in defining program requirements and establishes design parameters based on client requirements and working with the project architect, project manager, and engineers.
  • With Project Manager, monitors project budget and schedule.
  • Leads effort to collect presentation material and design stories throughout design for use in social media and marketing efforts. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Recognized, award winning design portfolio in practices noted above.
  • Minimum 20 years’ experience as lead architectural designer.
  • Must have original design work that has been built.
  • Professional Bachelors or Masters Degree in Architecture .
  • LEED® Accreditation (or must be in the process of achieving); membership in professional organizations such as AIA desirable.
  • Registration as a licensed architect required.
  • Advanced graphic and verbal presentation skills.
  • Must be resourceful and a strategic problem solver.
  • Strong commitment to design excellence and demonstrated high degree of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to earn the respect of clients, team members, direct reports and others external to the firm.
  • Has the ability to lead an integrated design process including architects, interior designers, engineers, planners and site designers.
  • Demonstrated coaching and mentoring skills to develop future design talent.

Interested in joining us? Get started today by following the instructions for applying below. Be sure to fill in the required information and submit your cover letter and resume as PDF attachments. Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled 

SmithGroup is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or arrest/conviction records.

Instructions for applying – please read carefully.

  • Go to and click on “Current Openings.”
  • On the Current Openings page, click on “View All Listings”
  • On the Design Principal, San Francisco posting, please click the Apply here link. Fill in the required information, and submit your cover letter and resume as PDF attachments. Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.

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