Studio Manager

Laney LA Laney LA Employer:
Hermosa Beach, CA, USLocation:
Wed, Jul 1 '20Posted on:


Positioned for further expansion, we are seeking an experienced, growth-oriented  Studio Manager to serve and lead our Service Department.

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


The Studio Manager position must excel at the following five essential responsibilities:

1. Oversee Projects

  • The Studio Manager must create the conditions for successful projects.
  • This means all projects must be “On-Track” for client satisfaction, design excellence, man hours, schedule, and profitability. 
  • This will require managing internal spreadsheets, and ensuring that clients are motivated to pay their bills. 

2. Allocate Resources

  • The Studio Manager must play the role of air-traffic-controller, optimizing resource allocation to meet project demands, within the constraints of project profitability. 
  • This means the Studio Manager will manage staffing predictions to meet deadlines, while considering the strengths and limitations of each teammate. 

3. Lead “EOS” for the Service Department 

  • The Studio Manager must become a fluent facilitator and leader of “EOS” (Entrepreneur Operating System). This will require radical candor, great discipline, open-mindedness, and preparation. A few of the activities it will include are: leading “L10” (weekly) meetings, leading departmental quarterly meetings, establishing Department “rocks” (priorities), crafting the one-year department plan, and analyzing and improving the health of the organization. 

4. Unblock Project & Design Leads

  • The Studio Manager must enable Project Leads and Design Leads to do their best work.
  • The core of this responsibility involves identifying the core issues that are blocking greater progress and then “unblocking” these issues. 
  • The Studio Manager must effortlessly speak the language of design, project management, client management, and construction.

5. Lead, Manage, Hold Accountable

  • The final responsibility of the Studio Manager requires them to lead, manage and hold their team accountable. To do this well, the Studio Manager must:
    • Clearly comprehend the Laney LA vision and commit to give their best to get there
    • Stomach difficult conversations and ask tough questions
    • Mentor their team, expertly wielding candor, empathy, humor, and coaching to elevate staff performance
    • Hold their team accountable such that all teammates understand where they are headed and what they are responsible for accomplishing


We believe that a cultural fit is the highest priority. The Studio Manager must deeply possess and constantly demonstrate our 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. 


  • 15+ years of experience in residential & commercial architecture
  • Licensed architect
  • Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in architecture
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience in all phases of architectural projects
  • Ability  to schedule staffing on projects in a fluid environment
  • Strong interest in firm management 
  • 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
  • 401(K) 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.

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