Senior Interior Designer

AvroKO AvroKO Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Sep 2 '21Posted on:

The Senior Designer acts as AvroKO’s lead designer responsible for the whole design of a project through overseeing the definition and delivery of the design from conceptualization, through development, coordination, documentation, and execution in the field. This is a project-specific role.

The Senior Designers core responsibilities are


  • Leading the AvroKO team in conceiving of the project design to meet the clients program, quality objectives, project constraints as well as AvroKO’s brand of design.
  • Liaison between the Principal in Charge and the design team during the design process.
  • Organize and run regular in house design sessions presenting to the P.I.C and with the team.
  • Work as part of the team sketching design solutions, preparing drawings, editing presentations, sourcing materials, finishes FF&E, producing work drawings, specifications etc.


  • Responsible for the development of the whole design of the project according to the design intent.
  • Reviewing all documents to ensure they incorporate the design intent.


  • Represent AvroKO and the design for all consultant coordination meetings.
  • Manage design coordination within AvroKO i.e. between architecture, FF&E and graphics, and between Owners consultants and AvroKO.
  • Manage and coordinate all communications to and from consultants.
  • Supervise, develop and mentor Designers.
  • Coordinate with the Project Manager in providing services per scope, budget and schedule.


  • Responsible for creating and delivering presentations based on AvroKO’s deliverables standards for presentations and contract documents.
  • Oversee the production and delivery of quality and timely sets of contract documents being drawings, specifications, budgets and reports as proscribed by the contract.


  • Partners with Project Manager to ensure conformance with Architecture Standards’ checklist requirements specific to each project design phase.
  • Lead the AvroKO team in performing it’s construction administration services including:
    • Responding to RFI’s and interpreting the contract documents to ensure the design intent is met.
    • Reviewing submittals, substitutions and field conditions for conformance with design intent.
    • Attending and reporting on field visits.
    • Conducting punch lists reviews
  • Resolving problems and issues that arise during construction.


  • Partners with Project Manager to ensure conformance with Architecture Standards’ checklist requirements specific to each project design phase.
  • This is a very important function of the senior designer’s role
  • As a creative collaborative, all voices are welcome and should be considered in the design process.
  • While the SD has certain responsibilities and authorities – AvroKO is NOT hierarchical or dictatorial, and goes to great pains to encourage junior staff in order to bring out their best, and capitalize on their talents and energy.
  • The successful SD is able to encourage staff initiative to think for themselves and create and iterate on ideas we develop as a team, rather than prescribe or force their own vision on a project. The SD also doing the work in collaboration with the team – not just delegating tasks.

Project Financial Monitoring and Reporting

Studio Wide

  • Forecaster: Project what we should be billing. Update at minimum once a month to reflect
    • Existing project schedule changes
    • Submit to PIC for review
    • Potential projects forecast
    • New Project starts
  • Billings – Monitoring what we actually bill
    • Update percent completes at the end of month (or before client billing date)
    • Coordinate with accounting
    • Review A/R and help on collections
    • Be aware of invoicing

Project Specific

  • Project Management Report (PMR)
    • Review at minimum once a month – preferably every two weeks, especially for large projects.
    • Adjust work plan based on Spent to Date (STD) figures.
  • Staffing
    • Based on routine PMR review, and considering adjustments in project schedule or scope, mark up changes to the office schedule with requirements for staffing changes (which must be substantiated with a work plan, and additional service agreement (ASA) where necessary.

Staff Scheduling

Studio Wide

  • Using MS Project one can create and adjust.
    • New projects (set to automatic scheduling) with durations (in work days) and start dates.
    • Set relationship by creating predecessors
    • Adjusting tasks to be subtasks
    • Assign staff on a percentage basis
  • Run reports showing
    • Gantt chart overall schedule by project and phase. Filter of highlight to suit for date ranges.
    • Project allocations by person (resource) to see total work load commitment near and long term.
    • Person allocation by project
    • Overall studio wide work load commitment to ensure full utilization.
  • Monitor staffing to identify openings in availability and report to New Business Development team, to plan for new work intake.
  •        Reconcile staffing with forecaster to plan for when we need work for cash flow vs staff availability.

Project Specific

  • Using Smartsheets one can create schedules and task lists (from the same sheet by changing view) in order to list the
    • Main phases of our services
    • Key tasks required during each phase (Work Breakdown Structure WBS)
    • Timing and sequencing of key tasks
    • Principle person responsible
    • Progress and final milestone dates, workshops and meetings.
  • Those managing projects should be leading
    • Project kick off meetings
    • Phase kick off meetings
    • Weekly team check in to review progress

Preferred Qualifications

  • Over 8 years of post-graduate design experience with significant experience in high end, bespoke hospitality design restaurants and hotels.
  • Demonstrated conceptual approach to design.
  • Experience leading design teams.
  • Persuasive presentation skills
  • Excellent teamwork skills. Ability to work collaboratively with design directors and creative managing directors across the firm
  • Excellent organizational skills with a strong attention to detail. Outstanding communication skills.
  • Proven industry experience with common industry software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling applications, AutoCAD and Microsoft Office, Spexx specification writing software a plus.
  • Experience building, nurturing and fostering client relationships.
  • Strong writing skills (narratives, strategy, meeting minutes, proposals, etc.)
  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design or Architecture. Master’s degree a plus

*This job is located in our SFO office. A relocation package is a possibility*


Please apply here if this sounds like you!

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