Assistant Designer, NYC

Henrybuilt Corporation Henrybuilt Corporation Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Fri, Aug 31 '18Posted on:

Henrybuilt is seeking a full-time Assistant Designer in our New York office.

This is a junior position within the Henrybuilt Design Group. It involves working directly with the Senior Design Leaders on both client projects and special projects within the company. We need people who have portfolios and experience that show they are great at understanding, communicating, and creating beautiful results. Talented on multiple levels.

This design position is an opportunity for growth within the company, training and results with performance creating a path for designers to work independently with clients. 

At Henrybuilt, design solutions are technically and aesthetically advanced, but also well integrated into the architecture of the individual project. Our design approach is focused on creating an end result that will stand up formally and functionally to high use as well as changing living dynamics.

Responsibilities include working with the Vice President of Design to configure the Henrybuilt system for client’s homes; producing drawings; and preparing specifications for production. 

Requirements include a minimum of 2-4 years experience in an architectural design role; strong system thinking skills; and proficiency with AutoCad and other design tools. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical. Must demonstrate through references a consistent ability to meet deadlines and complete work thoroughly.

A bachelor’s degree in architecture, interior design or industrial design is required. Additional experience in manufacturing, production or the building industry is a plus.

We are seeking individuals that have demonstrated exceptional drive to succeed and share a keen interest in working as part of a team to build a top tier brand.

portfolio of recent work (password: long run)

A few words from Julianna Morais:

This is not a typical job posting. My name is Julianna Morais and I am the Vice President of Design at Henrybuilt.

I received my MArch I degree from Georgia Tech and started my career at Morphosis and then at Frank Gehry’s office in Los Angeles. I spent 10 years in these great firms working on exciting projects but I did very little actual design. Projects lasted for years and despite the fact that I was successful and grew to a leadership level in those offices, much of the work was about carrying out the details and execution of design decisions made by others.

In 2007, I joined Henrybuilt as a Senior Designer. Surprisingly at that point I had almost no experience dealing directly with clients, despite my 12 years of experience in architecture.  And I really, honestly, did not know much about design when it came right down to it. So it was intense. But it was also incredibly expansive for me. When I took this position I had no idea how much design I would actually end up doing and the breadth of experience I would get here. Henrybuilt was young and after meeting the key people and seeing their production operation I was so impressed that I just jumped – without really knowing what I was getting into.

Over these past 9 years I have been through hundreds of design cycles on an incredible range of projects. From starting a project, working through the process, to seeing the end result, I realized that going through that cycle over and over is how you really learn.

I’ve met – and continue to meet – amazing clients. This company works with great people. I’ve worked on projects in so many different settings, from Mexico City to New Orleans to Toronto to Oxford, Mississippi. And the work I’ve been able to do with my team directly affects the lives of the people we work with – which is a result I get to see and feel and is enormously gratifying.

I’ve also learned about how a team works together to build a company – to design a company – and about one of the most interesting areas of thought in design: system thinking. I’ve been able to become a central part of a team that is growing a company based on the intersection of system design and made to order manufacturing. Every project we do is unique. Every client is unique. This company’s design practice is remarkable. It’s rooted in very solid thinking about what creates great results, but our focus with our clients is on how they are going to feel living in the spaces we help create.

Design at this company is not just about ‘kitchens’. It’s about products and spaces and overall interior results that are truly exceptional – with a team and company culture and ambition that is also exceptional. And the company is expanding its focus, which is going to bring new opportunity to those on the design team. This company is going places.

If this story strikes a chord for you, you have significant architectural experience, and you are interested in joining us and having an experience like mine, I would like to hear from you.


Please send resume, cover letter and portfolio to

We are unable to accept phone or in-person inquiries regarding this position. Due to the large volume of resumes we receive, we will only be able to respond to those we select to move into the interview process.

Principals only. Recruiters please do not contact this job post.


Founded in 2001, Henrybuilt designs, manufactures and distributes the Henrybuilt product line. Henrybuilt is highly regarded for the quality of its kitchen systems and other residential furniture and storage systems. The company has quickly become a top competitor with the most noted European brands. 

In 2005, Surface Magazine included Henrybuilt as the only American company in a survey of the best kitchen systems in the world. 

In 2009, Henrybuilt launched a new company, Viola Park, offering a modular kitchen system. 

The company is based in Seattle, with showrooms in Mill Valley, CA and New York City, and serves clients throughout the US, Mexico and Canada. 

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