Studio Director

Laney LA Laney LA Employer:
Hermosa Beach, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Aug 15 '19Posted on:

Learn more about what Laney LA is looking for in a Studio Director in Archinect's conversation with Anthony Laney, "Growing Leadership and Practice: Laney LA's Search for a Studio Director".


Recently relocated to the beautiful Arts District of Hermosa Beach, we are seeking an experienced, growth-oriented Studio Director to serve and lead our expanding team. We specialize in high-end custom residential homes and are expanding into the commercial sector. This role requires an individual who creates world-class design through mentoring and inspiring others, who understands the inner workings of an architectural practice, and who is invested in the team they are responsible for cultivating.

The candidate’s main responsibility is to direct our staff in producing our architectural services and manage our client relationships. This position requires a thorough understanding and appreciation for the life of a project, as well as an ability and inclination to think creatively about the tools, processes, and interpersonal dynamics involved in leading a growing design studio.

If you do not meet the requirements listed below, we ask that you spare us the application.


As Studio Director, an individual shall:

Strategy & Execution

  • Assist in identifying and implementing action plans to achieve firm-wide goals set by leadership team.

External Relationships

  • Oversee all client relationships & agreements.

  • Oversee all vendor and consultant relationships & agreements.

Internal Relationships

  • Contribute openly and honestly as a member of the leadership team, which is composed of three other individuals.

  • Lead, manage, and hold accountable all architectural staff.

  • Mentor, encourage, empower, and nurture architectural staff in professional development.

  • Report directly to the Founder/Principal.


  • Oversee all architectural services.

  • Direct all architecture-related operations & deliverables.

  • Oversee all projects schedules, budgets, invoicing, and resourcing.

  • Provide QAQC for all projects.

  • Ensure that projects are delivered with design excellence, on time, at or above targeted profitability, and exceeding client expectation.


We believe that a cultural fit is the highest priority. Therefore, we have outlined several items that define our studio culture.

Laney LA’s core purpose is to delight through design. In all that we do, we seek to spark delight for our clients, our staff, and our collaborators, through both the process and the final result.

Laney LA shares the following five core values.

  • Designer’s Passion: We care about good design.

  • Servant’s Heart: We desire to serve others.

  • Rookie’s Advantage: We embrace a steep learning curve.

  • Detective’s Curiosity: We demonstrate active listening.

  • Warrior’s Spirit: We bravely overcome obstacles.


These are the minimum qualifications for the role:

  • 10+ years of experience in a residential architecture firm 
  • Licensed architect
  • Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in architecture
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience in all phases of architectural projects
  • Strong interest in firm management
  • Ability to schedule staffing on projects in a fluid environment
  • Strong leadership and self- motivation
  • Excellent delegation skills
  • Highly skilled technically
  • High level of design competence
  • Good awareness of design, industry trends, materials, innovations and the aptitude to translate these ideas
  • Punctual & organized
  • Knowledge of California Residential Building Codes


  • Competitive salary

  • Health & dental benefits

  • Paid vacation & holidays

  • Sick leave

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are  they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

To apply, please submit your answers to the application on our website.

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