Senior Designer, Architecture

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New York, NY, USLocation:
Fri, Sep 10 '21Posted on:

About Common

Common is the nation’s leading residential brand and operating platform that designs, leases, and manages multifamily properties that appeal to today's renters. Through smart design and tech-enabled property management, Common delivers exceptional experiences to thousands of residents in coliving, microunit, and traditional apartments in cities from coast to coast. Founded in October 2015, we are the preferred choice for renters looking for a stress-free apartment from a trusted brand, and for real estate owners seeking reliable, above-market returns. 

We challenge ourselves every day not just to think about ways to make city living better, but to activate those ideas in meaningful ways. Our team is comprised of real estate professionals, designers, engineers, salespeople, marketers, member service representatives, and so much more. We work collaboratively, value self-startership, and embrace a “whatever it takes” mentality to ensure our work is done and done well. Common sits squarely at the intersection between technology and real estate, working every day to build quality residential solutions that bring positive change to the world’s rental housing crisis. It’s an exciting time to be part of Common’s team. With over 17,500 units signed and under development and over $110 million in global venture capital investment, Common is expanding its reliable, renter-first property operations to 26 cities across the world. 

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About the Role

Common is seeking a Senior Designer to join our Studio Team to develop housing for shared living.  We are looking for a proactive individual who has extensive project management experience in the multi-family residential sector. Senior Designer will be responsible for managing multiple large projects with institutional clients. Since Common is not the Architect of Record for our homes, they will act as a consultant to provide guidance and assistance to the client to ensure compliance with Common brand standards through schematic programming layouts, participation in meetings, coordination with the architect of record, and review of design submissions. 


  • Client Management
    • Be the primary point of contact for multiple clients across multiple projects, manage expectations and ensure satisfaction with institutional clients
    • Ability to lead conversations and make presentations to our clients. Good salesmanship is required.  
    • Advise clients on building an attractive and marketable real estate product, high-density living and brand standards. 
  • Project Management
    • Have a deep understanding of project contract, scope, deliverables and budget 
    • Establish and maintain project schedule (including architectural and interior design deliverables), track progress against budget and scope 
    • Establish and maintain staffing plans for both architecture and interior design team 
    • Foster cross discipline communication with internal operations, real estate and marketing teams for a successful home delivery and opening 
  • Internal Team Management
    • Mentor and coach architectural designers on technical knowledge and design. 
  • Product Development
    • Work closely with the internal Real Estate team to design and analyze homes in our pipeline.  This includes conducting testfits and feasibility studies in parallel with a financial pro forma across a wide array of housing typologies.
    • Work closely with other teams for feedback data to optimize our designs and verbally and visually communicate ideas through diagramming and illustrations to fold architectural thinking into our brand.


The ideal candidate is someone looking for a less traditional career path, and instead act as a hybrid between a real estate developer, a conceptual housing investigator, and an architect.


  • Master’s Degree in Architecture preferred
  • 2+ Years of project management experience required, specifically a firm grasp of both the creation and maintenance of project contracts, scope, deliverables and budget. 
  • 5+ Years of professional experience in residential design is required and portfolio must demonstrate experience or thinking in housing or residential design
  • 7+ Years of experience in an architecture firm required
  • Great presentation skills, business development experience, and excellent salesmanship are required
  • Professional experience with US city approvals (code or zoning) required
  • Eye for interior design and finishes preferred
  • Proficiency in Revit, Bluebeam, Microsoft Project (or other Gantt Chart organization software), Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite required
  • Candidate must be detail-oriented and comfortable supporting ideas with both qualitative and analytical reasoning
  • Candidate must be very organized and be able to multitask across large number of projects with various deadlines
  • Candidate must be a continuous learner who enjoys researching, testing and implementing best practices
  • Candidate must be a direct and proactive communicator who can be independent but ask questions when needed


What We Offer

Common truly values our employees and wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy and professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable and valuable health and wellness benefits for our employees such as paid vacation and sick time, medical, dental and vision insurance, Company paid life insurance, Company paid STD/LTD Insurance, FSA + HSA options, commuter transit benefits, generous paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks!) and a 401K. Additional benefits such as Company equity, paid holidays, weekly team lunches + weekly happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, flexible working hours, job training + development opportunities + a great wellness program are also available. And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees needs are being met.

We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other basis protected under applicable federal or state law.


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