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ForrestPerkins - Senior Interior Designer - San Francisco

Department: ForrestPerkins
Location: San Francisco, CA

ForrestPerkins, a distinct studio of Perkins Eastman, is seeking a hospitality focused Senior Interior Designer for our San Francisco office. The Senior Interior Designer has overall responsibility for design quality for the project(s). ForrestPerkins is known for the design of luxury hotels, resorts and multi-residential properties worldwide. Together, ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman is a Top Ten Hospitality Giants firm.

With studios in Dallas, New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Dubai, ForrestPerkins’ culture embraces the uniquely different backgrounds of its architects and designers and emphasizes collaborating together across locations to create experiences to remember.

The Senior Interior Designer has the ability and responsibility to conceptualize the project as a whole, sets the initial design direction for the project, along with the Senior Architect and Principal in Charge and makes critical aesthetic decisions throughout the project while integrating input from client and operator. The Senior Designer also has the responsibility to lead the project team whether this is specific to the FF&E side or the whole team including the interior architecture. This leadership responsibility will include task management to reach the end goal. It may also include team planning/ staffing, financial reviews, billing, if the Senior Designer is also the Project Manager for the project. The Senior Designer will report to their project manager and Principal in Charge of the project. The Interior Designer is responsible for accuracy in information prepared to ensure the success of the project.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading and reviewing the design narrative and design graphics for concept presentation materials.
  • Leads and/or works in tandem with Senior Architect to space plan and design the interior architectural envelope.
  • Reviews and understands with professional proficiency detailed construction documents including floor plans, elevations and sections, electrical details, finish schedules, furniture floor plans, FF&E specifications, finish boards, materials and finishes to determine compliance in quality, design, and codes. Leads team to complete such documents.
  • Oversees completion of FF&E design & documentation based on project criteria, budget, program, and standards.
  • Responsible for internal presentation of project design materials to V.P in charge and/ or senior leadership review.
  • Oversees FF&E specification throughout process, review and approve FF&E purchase orders (if necessary), and maintain budget for all phases of the project interiors.
  • Senior Designer is responsible for full review of FF&E specifications before they are issued to client or operator.
  • Leads quality control reviews for projects to confirm documents are meeting ForrestPerkins, client, and operator’s standards.
  • If there is no Senior Architect on the project, Senior Designer is responsible for review of project documents and accuracy prior to issuance to AOR, Client and/ or operator.
  • Understand the components of construction drawings and specifications from AOR and other consultants and has ability to review such documentation and ensure that elements are coordinated within ForrestPerkins documents, as necessary. Closely coordinate with consultants and provide documentation to them, as necessary, to alert them to coordination elements they need to resolve/ document.
  • Oversee design team in review furniture installation plans and shop drawings for content and accuracy and insure that they are fully coordinated with all pertinent consultant drawings. Responsible for final approval of FF&E shop drawings.
  • Prime interface with the client, operator and consultants with regard to design issues, leads presentations and the like. Responsible for communicating with owner, consultants and operator in a timely manner.
  • Responsible to communicate in a complete and timely manner, all client comments or directives and insure that they are reflected in the design and documentation.
  • Communicates directly with the V.P. in charge and/ or President with regard to client directives and major design issues and prompts/ leads internal design reviews during the design process, prior to presentation to the client.
  • Attends and/or directs on-site meetings with owner, consultants and contractor inclusive of construction review and FF&E installation, as necessary.
  • Prepares accurate timelines, task lists, and project schedules.
  • Identify additional service opportunities and present them to the project manager.
  • Help establish staffing and project plan needs and coordinate with the project manager.
  • Maintains relationships with existing clients and nurture with potential clients.
  • Participates in monthly project Financial Reviews and is responsible to company for financial status of project.
  • Has a thorough understanding of hotel brands in the 4-5 star range.
  • Has mastered a working knowledge of brand standards and proven ability to execute them.
  • Has mastered the written specification process for FF&E.
  • Mentors junior staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree – from a 4 year CIDA accredited Interior Design program or equivalent
  • Minimum of 8 to 15 years of hospitality design experience
  • NCIDQ certification
  • Technology:
    • MS Office Proficient
    • Photoshop Proficient
    • Auto CAD- Proficiency Preferred. Or good hand sketches to communicate design intent to project team and client
    • Revit- Proficiency Preferred and/ or basic knowledge
    • In Design and/ or Illustrator- Basic Knowledge
    • Sketch Up- Basic Knowledge
  • Experience in writing FF&E specifications, FF&E matrices, and budgeting
  • Possesses knowledge of building codes and the ADA
  • Review and understand with basic proficiency detailed construction documents including floor plans, elevations and sections, electrical details, finish schedules, furniture floor plans, FF&E specifications, finish boards, materials and finishes to determine compliance in quality and design work with team to complete such documentation and assist in coordination with other consultant’s documents
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Space planning & hand sketching
  • Ability to work with Architect and have a thorough understanding of architectural interior design
  • Ability to lead junior designers and/ or design interns including task planning


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