Design Associate at Real Estate Development Company

The X Company The X Company Employer:
Chicago, IL, USLocation:
Fri, Sep 17 '21Posted on:

About The X Company

The X Company is the real estate development and operations team behind X—the first and largest branded network of member clubs and private residences in the country. The X Co. is currently active in six markets, with 5,000 beds in the current portfolio and over $1B in construction activity. X Co. is unique in that it is fully integrated—able to acquire, design, build, and operate its real estate assets, as well as manage its growing member network and brand.

X offers its members professional-quality workspace to rival any coworking space and support the growing work from home segment; a state-of-the-art gym and fitness studio designed around class-based fitness activation, and attainable apartments including private residences and co living suites.

In short, X Co. exists to improve the way we interact.


Big Picture Responsibilities:

  • Deeply comprehend and champion The X Company’s product vision and design standards across assigned projects during development and construction.
  • Relay feedback and insight on design standards and specifications gained during development and construction back to Design Team for incorporation into design standards.

 Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Effectuate the execution of high-quality product through the review and markup of architectural and interior design drawing documentation for conformance to X Design specification standards, and through coordination with the X Development Team and design consultants.
  • Actualize move-in ready apartments and hospitality grade communal spaces through the successful installation of FF&E and art installations. Includes budgeting, concept development, the creation of assets that will allow for successful actualization of the vision, and management of installations for quality assurance.
  • Manage and execute project specific renderings with 3rd party vendors.
  • Support the project’s Development Associate by reviewing design specific RFIs, submittals, shop drawings, samples and mockups.
  • Support the project’s Project Manager during the punch process to ensure the Design Standards and Design Documentation are properly executed in the field. Create a feedback loop and patch Design Standards when necessary. Out of state travel to our projects in development is required.
  • Support the project’s Development Associate and Project Manager in ensuring the design intent of art and other specialty installations is communicated to the Development Team and properly executed in the field.

 Key Requirements

  • Is comfortable in a rigorous, fast-paced and results-oriented environment that champions a horizontal organizational structure intended to allow unbounded growth potential for those who execute, are voracious learners and are constantly curious. Everyone on the team plays a significant role in the success of the organization.
  • Conscious thinker who can juggle many priorities concurrently, understanding the difference been urgent and important.
  • Isn’t afraid of diving into and living in uncharted territory. Isn’t afraid of brainstorming and bringing new ideas to the table. Isn’t afraid of ideas being discussed/critiqued in a collaborative setting. Isn’t afraid of thinking big and using their skills to bring those ideas to life.
  • Exhibits a high level of attention to detail and constantly seeks excellence in their output. Has excellent documentation and execution standards.
  • Exhibits an exceptional level of creativity. Is a multi-disciplinary thinker.
  • Has various interests and skills. Is on trend and well versed in at least 4 of these: architecture, interiors, technology, F&B, graphic design, social media, web design, fashion, and pop culture.
  • Can effectively weave together their interests & skills and develop concepts with technical tools (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bluebeam Revu, Revit/CAD, hand sketches, etc) to express concepts/ideas in a visual format (digital presentation, 3D model, etc). 
  • Can think at various scales -conceptually/big picture down to small details required for execution
  • Can think in various dimensions (spatially, programmatically, temporally).
  • Values team rapport.
  • Has exceptional analytical, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Is willing and able to communicate effectively with many different stakeholders including leadership, team members, consultants, and vendors.
  • Is a self-starter with a strong sense of ownership and assertive follow-through.
  • Travel expected 25-50% of time.


  • Minimum of 30 months of experience producing, quality controlling, and coordinating design documents at an architecture, interior architecture, development, or hospitality firm. Previous experience with Revit (or equivalent) is required.
  • Strong grasp of Bluebeam Revu (or equivalent), Excel, and InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Not only wants to create amazing product but is willing to endure the challenges and effort that come with that.
  • Are the most detail-oriented, yet creative person they know.
  • NOTE: Must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination

 Application Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a PDF package that 1) includes a cover letter describing why you think The X Company is your next move, and 2) demonstrates samples of your work and any creative projects you want to share with The X Company. Specifically, the PDF should include work that:
  • Demonstrates an exceptional level of creativity and multi-disciplinary thinking.
  • Demonstrates your interests and skills; show us you can effectively weave together your interests and skills, and develop concepts using technical tools (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bluebeam Revu, Revit/CAD, hand sketches, etc) to express concepts/ideas in a visual format (digital presentation, 3D model, etc)
  • Demonstrates a high level of attention to detail and exceptional execution standards.
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