Interior Architects translates client goals, brand and culture into powerful environments built around people, processes, technologies and business drivers. Our clients in diverse markets worldwide require high-performance, visually compelling and sustainable environments to move their enterprise forward, support their culture, engage their staff, integrate technology and drive efficiencies. As architects, designers, workplace strategists and environmental specialists in the largest global architecture firm concentrating exclusively on interiors, we help clients articulate and align their business strategies and core values with the dynamic use of space.

Our team members are collaborative, creative, professional, expert and entrepreneurial. Joining our team requires skill, daring, leadership, teaming, humor and a love of interiors. We are presently searching for a Design Manager for our Portland office. The Design Manager is responsible for leading all design phases for interiors projects, leads the team, and has extensive client interaction.

  • Manages client relationship for small and medium sized projects from initiation through completion, including work performed by internal and external resources
  • Organizes and conducts client interviews to determine technical and design requirements for the design
  • Produces, reviews and finalizes documentation for projects
  • Knowledge of detailing and finalizes details on projects
  • Develops and delivers overall design and furniture packages
  • Researches and selects fixtures and finishes to use for projects. Obtain client approval and ensure integration into overall design
  • In some circumstances may be required to assist with support for field surveys
  • Coordinates engineering work to ensure compliance with design concept and coordination with IA’s documents
  • Coordinates project teams to ensure timely completion of documents
  • Works with design and technical teams to shape and understand the design concepts. Present and gains approval of concepts to the client
  • Establishes and ensures adherence to set budget. Immediately informs Sr. PM or Project Director and/or client of any potential variances to the budget and makes appropriate modifications
  • Identifies and pursues new business opportunities with existing and potential clients.
  • Participates in marketing strategy sessions and presentations
  • Participates in industry organizations to increase firm’s profile and develop marketing opportunities
  • Assign tasks, oversee work and provide feedback to staff assign to project. Develops skills of staff for future projects. May accomplish tasks by working with and/or directing efforts of other project managers
  • Manages overall client relationship from initial assessment of client needs, through design concept presentations and final delivery of project. Ensure positive relationships resulting in additional business or referred work


  • Graduate of architecture or design school: equivalent experience may be substituted
  • 5+ years’ experience in corporate interior design projects

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of design principles and aesthetics
  • Advanced knowledge of space planning
  • Extensive knowledge of furnishings and finishes
  • Familiar with the concepts of furniture layout
  • Advanced sketching and rendering skills
  • Advanced interior architecture detailing skills
  • Working knowledge of CDs and procedures
  • Working knowledge of building systems, codes and ADA requirements
  • Working knowledge of path of travel requirements
  • Working knowledge of contract administration
  • Intermediate MS Office Suite skills
  • Advanced Revit skills
  • Advanced Adobe Creative Suite skills
  • Affinity Program skills or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead junior staff through a combination of direct authority and subject matter expertise

Working Conditions:
For the majority of the time the Design Manager will be sitting in an office with limited physical requirements. This may require individuals to bend, stretch, twist and reach. On occasion individuals will be required to visit a client site to perform site verifications and field surveys. The position is not subject to occupational and safety risks.

Please submit a portfolio or work examples with your application

Interior Architects, Inc. (IA) provides equal opportunity in all aspects of recruitment and employment to all persons without regard to their race, color, creed, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, uniformed service member and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunities.

Job Information
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Job ID:
  • Posted:
    May 13, 2019
  • Position Title:
    Design Manager
  • Company Name:
    IA Interior Architects
  • Job Function:
  • Entry Level:
  • Job Type:
  • Job Duration:
  • Min Education:
  • Min Experience:
    3-5 Years
  • Required Travel:

About IA Interior Architects

IA Interior Architects is the only global architectural firm to concentrate exclusively on interior architecture. Our focus on interiors drove the creation of the company and continues to be our driving force today. We offer our clients unique benefits that come from our specialized focus and global resources.

Our first priority is interior architecture. All our resources and talent are focused on interiors.

Our staff is passionate about interiors. IA Interior Architects attracts the best and the brightest who want to excel in interiors.

Our innovative tools and processes, products of our specialized focus, enrich the design process and make the completed project more rewarding for our clients.

Our offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, linked by our virtual web-based network, enable us to provide consistent, specialized and prompt attention to our clients at any location.

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