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Visualization Director

NBBJ NBBJ Employer:
Los Angeles, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Sep 20 '22Posted on:
Full-timeType:

Locations Available: Los Angeles, California - Seattle, Washington - New York, New York - Boston, Massachusetts - San Francisco, California - Columbus, Ohio - Portland, Oregon - Washington D.C., District Of Columbia

Apply Here: https://jobs.jobvite.com/nbbj/job/oKYMkfwy

NBBJ is an award-winning design and architecture firm, fueled by ideas and a culture of collaboration. With offices around the globe, the diverse perspectives of your future colleagues and clients will inspire and challenge you to be extraordinary. Innovation and creativity are at the heart of our work: creating spaces and experiences that better connect people to each other as they live, learn, and work in their communities. We partner with pioneers like Amazon, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Massachusetts General Hospital as we create solutions for tomorrow guided by our vision: we design for life. Are you interested in designing what’s next? Join us. 

The role at a glance: 

The Visualization Director's primary focus is raising the bar for better visualization in support of better design across the firm. The three primary goals for the team and its leader are:

  1. Lead strategic approach for investigation and testing of new tools and workflows that have the potential to significantly enhance our capabilities.
  2. Establish workflows to ensure consistent, high-quality visuals for all project teams
  3. Explore visualization efficiencies and opportunities within the firm

The Visualization Director will need to inspire and lead a group of leaders embedded within the different studios. As NBBJ’s work takes many forms Lighting, Landscape, Experience Design, Consulting and of course architecture, this leader will need to empathetically engage with multiple groups to understand how they work and collaborate closely with their visualization team members who have existing expertise in each practice. Our ideal candidate will be based in the Los Angeles area; however, we are open to candidates located in one of our other cities of operation.

Why this role is important to NBBJ: 

Visualization touches nearly everything we do as a design firm. Quality visuals help us to communicate our design intent, tell stories, understand space, build consensus, and convey powerful ideas. As the leader of the visualization team, you will provide strategic guidance to a distributed group of experts to elevate the visualization capabilities of designers across the firm

In your new role, you will: 

  • Lead a team of visualization experts embedded with architectural studios
  • Work with design leaders to understand and develop firmwide visualization goals and help build capabilities to meet the needs
  • Explore new and innovative tools that have the potential to impact our project teams’ capabilities
  • Develop consistent visualization workflows that align with project team needs and existing design workflows
  • Develop processes to ensure all project teams are producing quality graphics
  • Lead the development of a basic skills training program for every new and existing designer
  • Work closely with design leads to understand the story they need to communicate graphically
  • Work closely with project teams to streamline communication with external vendors / contractors
  • Collect, organize, and share high quality visualization assets
  • Meet with users to understand pain points, evaluate skills and identify strategic opportunities

What you will need to succeed: 

  • Understanding of the architectural design and delivery process
  • 5+ years of experience leading/managing a team in a technical capacity
  • Highly developed organizational and communication skills
  • A passion for piloting new tools and developing standardized workflows
  • Tenacity and persistence to consistently follow up and check in with leaders
  • Enthusiasm for training and developing skills in others
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups
  • Develop budgets and guide a team to work within them
  • Understanding of the intricacies of a variety of different types of visuals and when each is appropriate: Animations, Data Visualization, VR, AR, Static Renders, Diagrams, etc.
  • Proficient or Knowledgeable in some combination of the below software/platforms
    • 3d modeling: Rhino, Revit, Sketchup
    • Real Time Rendering: Enscape, Twin Motion, Lumion
    • Other Rendering: Vray, D5, Octane, Redshift
    • Game Engines, VR/AR: Unreal, Unity, Apple (ARKit)
    • Animation: C4D, Maya, Houdini
    • Post Processing / Compositing: Adobe suite, Affinity suite, Nuke

Show don’t Tell

Work samples will be key in selecting the right candidate for this role. Ideally candidates will present a range of samples in multiple formats: Animations, Data Visualization, VR, AR, Static Renders, Diagrams, etc. Please be prepared to talk about the tools and workflows used by your team to create each output. We will also be curious to hear about the team dynamics: who, how, file formats, design updates, etc.

Why choose NBBJ? 

We believe that all NBBJ employees should love their work. This means not only loving what you do but having pride in your workplace. We strive to be that irresistible place to work by enhancing your employee experience with customized programs and comprehensive benefits. In addition to 100% covered employee healthcare costs and 401k contributions, we offer unique professional development opportunities, volunteer opportunities and access to leading technology and resources to further help you love your work and advance your career.  

  • NBBJ has been named three times by Fast Company as one of the most innovative architecture firms. 
  • Founded in 1943, our first office opened over 75 years ago in Seattle, Washington. We now have over 10 office locations around the globe.
  • We are a transdisciplinary, cross-practice focused firm with a deep portfolio of Civic & Cultural, Commercial, Corporate, Healthcare, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Sports, and Urban Environment projects. We also have several areas of service expertise including: Architecture, Environmental Graphic Design, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Workplace Consulting and more.
  • In the past decade, NBBJ has received more than 300 awards from leading global, national and regional award programs across the business, real estate and design communities. 
  • We work with 5 of the top global high-tech companies, 14 of the U.S. News and World Report Top Hospitals, and 4 of the top 10 highest-ranked learning institutions.
  • Our clients include institutional leaders such as Cambridge University, Google, Samsung, Cleveland Clinic, Tencent, and Stanford University.

Our Values 

More than words on a page, our values sustain our culture, drive our actions, and impact every level of our practice. In our work, we never settle for the status quo and always strive to live by our values in service to our clients' organizations, our profession, our society and ourselves. 

  • We exist to create enduring value for our clients and society.
  • We fulfill our legacy through brilliant design, steward leadership, and enabling rewarding careers.
  • We know that our people are the lifeblood of our firm — and essential to our humanistic heart and soul.
  • We embrace the power of teams and collaboration to unleash breakthrough creativity.
  • We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion through listening, learning, and humility.
  • We are a leadership intensive and role based firm.
  • We prize innovation, never stop learning, and seek to share what we know.
  • We are dedicated to the realization of resilient and sustainable outcomes.
  • We all share in the realization of our “design, people, business” triple bottom line.
  • We deliver design excellence — and we design for life. 

NBBJ does not accept unsolicited resumes or similar submissions from third party recruiters or employment agencies. Any unsolicited materials received by NBBJ from a source other than an individual candidate will be considered NBBJ property and NBBJ reserves the right to pursue and hire candidates referred to us without any financial obligation to the third party in question. If you are interested in becoming an approved NBBJ external recruiter, please contact a member of the NBBJ Talent Acquisition Team.

NBBJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F Disabled and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

NBBJ does not accept unsolicited resumes or similar submissions from third party recruiters or employment agencies. Any unsolicited materials received by NBBJ from a source other than an individual candidate will be considered NBBJ property and NBBJ reserves the right to pursue and hire candidates referred to us without any financial obligation to the third party in question. If you are interested in becoming an approved NBBJ external recruiter, please contact a member of the NBBJ Talent Acquisition Team.

 

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