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Architectural Designer II

Department: Studio 1
Location: Chicago, IL

As a result of our growing and diverse practice in our Chicago office, we are currently searching for an Architectural Designer II to join our team. As a Architectural Designer II at Perkins Eastman, you will be responsible for leading or collaborating on the design of hospitality, mixed-use developments, and senior living 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.
  • Major design decisions and technical accuracy of large projects while handling a significant amount of challenges that require new approaches and guidelines.
  • May supervises or perform site observations activities.
  • Records/archives all drawings, data and project information
  • Develops various predesign services which may include conducting feasibility and environmental impact studies, selecting a site, or specifying the requirements the design must meet.
  • Develops the project design brief.
  • Consults with design professionals to determine the environmental and structural requirements of the project.
  • Prepare drawings, models and present ideas for the client to review.
  • Assists in managing and maintaining a project work plan, and the day to day running of the design team in refining the project.
  • Coordinates and supervises consultants in finalizing the design documents.
  • Assists in 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 required
  • Minimum of 8 to 12 years with domestic experience in high end Residential, Mixed-Use developments 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.
  • Demonstrate strong proficiency with computer-assisted design software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-design; 3-D software such as SketchUp and or Rhino.
  • Strong proficiency with Revit is a must.
  • Proficient with PowerPoint and other data management software such as Word and Excel.
  • Strong communication skills, excellent drawing, model making and graphic presentations skills.
  • LEED Accreditation preferred

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