Senior Project Interior Designer

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Office San Francisco
Experience 10+
Date Listed May. 2022

About Us:

Handel Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture and interiors firm dedicated to bringing design excellence to urban environments throughout the world. Our four offices are in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Hong Kong. The San Francisco office is comprised of a group of talented architects, designers and support staff. We bring passion, motivation and energy to designing spaces that will make a positive impact on people’s lives and the urban realm.

Our Interior Design Studio hand-crafts environments that enable our clients to develop personal and long-lasting relationships with their interior spaces.

About the Position:

Our San Francisco Studio is in search of an Interior Architect with 8+ years of experience and strong technical skills, who is adept at conceiving and developing a wide range of multi-family residential projects. This position requires an exceptionally organized and motivated individual. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of managing teams and project deadlines, tasks, and critical path assignments across multiple complex projects simultaneously. The studio environment is dynamic and fast-paced, and the ideal candidate will be energized by the challenges of each client and project. Important qualities include flexibility in multi-tasking, resourcefulness and problem-solving, strong written and oral communication skills, and aptitude for managing and motivating a team.

This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the interiors studio and each of the projects’ operational success. This individual will drive teams’ progress on a variety of project deliverables and milestones including presentations, consultant coordination, construction drawings and specifications, as well as project execution and completion. Familiarity with industry-standard design phases and conventional multi-family residential project structures and design delivery is essential, as this role is responsible for ensuring the successful orchestration of the entire process with the team. You will work with and report to our office’s Director of Interiors.

Please be advised that this will be a full-time, in-person position in San Francisco and that normal working hours are 9AM-6PM PST.


  • 10+ years of experience with all phases of interior and architectural projects; medium to large scale multi-family experience required
  • Professional degree in architecture
  • CA license highly preferred
  • Knowledge of CA residential building code required
  • Strong interpersonal skills for client & consultant team management
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Excellent graphic presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and technical capability
  • Revit and AutoCAD proficiency
  • Graphic layout experience required (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • 3-D modeling and rendering experience required (Rhino with VRay preferred or Sketch-Up)
  • Interior Finish Specification writing (Excel schedule required, SpecSources or SPEXX preferred)
  • Demonstrated production of an Interior Design Drawing Construction Set
  • Construction administration and interior installation experience required, including site supervision, responding to RFIs, reviewing control samples and shop drawings, and completing punch list.


  • Oversee project schedule management, maintaining schedule once established by Director
  • Development of a project through all phases of design: concept, schematic, design development, construction documentation and construction administration
  • Ensure design concepts are safe, functional, meet applicable building codes, client needs and budget constraints
  • Produce and prepare client design presentations, including rendered plans and elevations
  • Produce and manage technical construction drawing sets including: floor, finish, furniture, power and communication and reflected ceiling plans, sections, elevations, interior details for millwork and interior installations, interior finish specifications and lighting designs
  • Research, source and produce interior selections and full specifications: finish materials, hardware, lighting, appliance and plumbing
  • Lead and coordinate consultant teams including: MEP, SE, Lighting, Landscape, A/V, vendors and contractors
  • Assist with delivery, on-site installation and handover
  • Direct and mentor junior staff
  • Manage relations with suppliers and vendors


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