Careers At Perkins Eastman

Senior Architectural Designer

Department: Studio 1
Location: Chicago, IL

As a result of our growing and diverse practice in our Chicago office, we are currently searching for a Senior Architectural Designer to join our team. As a Senior Designer at Perkins Eastman, you will be responsible for leading or collaborating on the design of Hospitality and Mixed-Use developments, Senior Living and Higher Education projects globally.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Initiates and creates project designs and plans of all phases of one or more projects and has responsibility for preparing presentations and design drawings.
  • Coordinates all trades and agencies related to building design while monitoring drawings.
  • In a supervisory capacity, is responsible for major design decisions and technical accuracy of large projects while handling a significant amount of challenges that require new approaches and guidelines.
  • May supervise or perform site observations activities.
  • Record/archive all drawings, data and project information
  • Develop various predesign services which may include conducting feasibility and environmental impact studies, selecting a site, or specifying the requirements the design must meet.
  • Develop the project design brief.
  • Consult with design professionals to determine the environmental and structural requirements of the project.
  • Prepare drawings, models and present ideas for the client to review.
  • Manages and maintains project work plan, manages the day to day running of the design team in refining the project.
  • Coordinates and supervises consultants in finalizing the design documents.
  • Responsible for keeping the project within financial budget and deadlines and producing detailed working drawings and specifications; specifying the nature and quality of materials required.
  • Assures that the design follows; building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and all other pertinent ordinances.


  • Bachelor or Master degree in Architecture preferred
  • Minimum of 8 plus years with domestic experience in High End Residential and Resorts
  • Digital architectural visualization and animation experience preferred
  • Strong technical understanding of building construction and materials.
  • Possess leadership ability to direct a team of junior and intermediate designers.
  • Excellent presentation skills required.
  • Strong proficiency with computer-assisted design software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-design; 3D software such as SketchUp.
  • Rhino or 3D Studio a plus
  • Revit proficiency a plus
  • Proficient with PowerPoint and other data management software such as Word and Excel.
  • Strong communication skills, excellent drawing, model making and graphic presentations skills.


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