Senior Interiors Workplace Designer

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Fri, Apr 9 '21Posted on:

At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm.  We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration.  Together we can achieve great things.

Success at SOM Means

  • Ideas:  We believe in a meritocracy of ideas.  We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.  
  • Knowledge:  We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning.  We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.
  • Product:  We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.
  • Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work.  Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.
  • Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration.  A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.
  • Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.

Position Overview

As Senior Interiors Workplace Designer you will lead the interiors practice team and projects through all phases of design. You have developed outstanding client relationships that will help support and grow the business, and possess the strategic planning and team development skill to do so.  You believe in the power of analytics and market research to lead clients, teams, and projects to success while working collaboratively across disciplines and departments.. In this role you will work in a fast-paced environment, leading multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring client satisfaction, while deepening relationships on behalf of SOM. 


Who you are…

  • Creative: You think outside the box and are always searching for new and improved ways of working.
  • Leader: You believe in the success of your teams, inspiring not only those you support but everyone around you.
  • Expert: From building and fire code to construction techniques and market trends, you are an expert in the field of architecture and architectural design. 
  • Great Communicator: Whether you are interacting with clients or coaching teammates, you have the  skills to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Entrepreneur: You take ownership and constantly seek new and creative ways to grow the business. 

What You’ll Do:

Grow the Business

  • Coordinate and support business development, public relations, and marketing opportunities to align with business plans.
  • Guide and direct the members of the interiors practice team in the development, production, promotion, and marketing of SOM’s functional markets and services 
  • Direct the business development strategy including market research, creating new business development opportunities, and actively pursuing leads.
  • Participate in new business development activities to ensure effective results. 


Coach & Develop Teams

  • Supervise, train, and mentor team members ensuring their professional development 
  • Develop talent, identifying specialists, leaders, and future professionals for the firm
  • Actively engage in professional development opportunities, both internal and external.
  • Lead development of staff in sustainable strategies and practices
  • Lead the development of and compliance with standards, policies, and procedures and direct others in the use of those resources.
  • Effectively communicate with your team and colleagues, supporting a collaborative work environment
  • Direct the development and implementation of interiors procedures that promote communication and appropriate information flow.

Lead Projects and Initiatives

  • With team support, develop clear and consistent work plans that exceed targets
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate work efforts through all phases of a project, with minimal oversight from leadership.
  • Provide input and support for the development of the entire design concept through all phases of the project.
  • Participate in the planning, scheduling, and organization of project plans in collaboration with senior project team leaders.
  • Implement SOM standards, procedures, and protocols to assure continuity, coordination, and consistency of project documentation across the firm 
  • Proactively review and coordinate project documents 
  • Oversee quality control in accordance with SOM’s policies and procedures.
  • Seek creative and innovative solutions to complex problems 
  • Support compliance with BIM/CAD project standards and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Hold a professional degree in Architecture or Interior Design.
  • Have a current Architectural license or be NCIDQ certified.
  • Knowledge of sustainable design practices and principles including LEED  and other green building rating systems.
  • Demonstrate your ability to successfully manage projects and teams
  • Have 10+ years of experience or the equivalent knowledge and skills 
  • Be proficient in Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Suite 
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of digital tools such as Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Navisworks, Ladybug, Enscape, VR, etc.
  • Be familiar with BIM and Revit Toolz

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline:

For more about SOM:

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.


Thank you for your interest in SOM. In order to be considered for this position, you must apply directly via our career portal. Click here to apply.

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