Intermediate Interior Designer

ForrestPerkins ForrestPerkins Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Jun 18 '19Posted on:

ForrestPerkins, a distinct studio of Perkins Eastman, is seeking a hospitality focused Intermediate Interior Designer for our San Francisco office.  ForrestPerkins is known for the design of luxury hotels, resorts and multi-residential properties worldwide. Together, ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman is a Top Ten Hospitality Giants firm.

With studios in Dallas, New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Dubai, ForrestPerkins’ culture embraces the uniquely different backgrounds of its architects and designers and emphasizes collaborating together across locations to create experiences to remember.

The Intermediate Designer will work closely with other designers and architects on the project teams to which they are assigned to design, document and execute the project through to installation. The Designer will either work alone or with senior and junior designers to select and document furniture, finishes, and fixtures. They will also work with architects to envision, design, document interior architectural documents including construction drawing sets and finish, plumbing schedules, etc. They are responsible for the accuracy of their own work and the work of junior designers and interns to insure the success of the project. Reports to the Senior Designer, Project Manager and Principals in Charge.

Qualities and Skills:

  • Works with collective Project team to envision the story and design for the project. This transcends into documentation of narrative and design graphics for concept presentation materials
  • Assists architects and design team in space planning and furniture layouts to complete construction drawing documentation
  • Works with architectural team to envision the interior architectural envelope to align with concept story will assisting in design, graphics, documentation and coordination of interior elements, including coordination with FF&E and other consultants work
  • Responsible for writing FF&E specifications; assembling information about selections, preparing detailed drawings of furniture for integration in specifications, preparing and issuing of specification binders and revisions under the direction of the Project Interior Designer or Senior Interior Designer
  • Prepares schedules relative to the interior design including colors and materials, decorative lighting, bath accessories, door hardware, door and plumbing fixtures
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate FF&E and finish documentation during the project and for preparing and filing “as-installed” final project documentation for ForrestPerkins’ records
  • Fields calls and e-mails from purchasing agent and answer questions or prepares information to answer questions to design team and Project Manager
  • Keeps Senior Designer and/or Project Manager informed of all requests for re-selection or other requests for information from the purchasing agent
  • Reviews furniture installation plans and shop drawings for content and accuracy to ensure that they are fully coordinated with all pertinent consultant drawings
  • Reviews and approves shop drawings and samples (both FF&E related and contractor related) with final approval by Project Interior Designer or Senior Interior Designer
  • Coordinates with client, contractor, and project team, as appropriate per project
  • Responsible to review and conform to Owner and Operator Standards
  • Assists with purchasing projects, if necessary
  • Attends site meetings with owner, consultants and contractor inclusive of FF&E installation, as directed by PM or Senior Designer/Architect
  • Responsible for internal presentation of project design materials to senior leadership for review


  • Bachelor Degree – from a 4 year CIDA accredited Interior Design program or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4-7 years of hospitality design experience
  • NCIDQ certification or preparing to test; sitting for test is highly encouraged to be able to complete within 4 years of graduation
  • Technology:
    • MS Office Proficient
    • Photoshop Proficient
    • Auto CAD Proficient
    • Revit- Proficient and/ or basic knowledge
    • In Design and/ or Illustrator Proficient
    • Sketch Up- Basic knowledge to Proficiency and/ or equivalent program
  • Experience in hospitality design
  • Experience in writing FF&E specifications, FF&E matrices, and budgeting
  • Possesses knowledge of building codes and the ADA
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Space planning & hand sketching
  • Ability to work with Architect and have a thorough understanding of architectural interior design

How to Apply:

If you would like to join a dynamic, energized, innovative and collaborative environment, where your ideas will be heard and your skills challenged, please visit our career page and apply with your cover letter, resume and/or portfolio (Adobe PDF preferred). No phone calls please.

Link: Human By Design

Perkins Eastman is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and a participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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