Senior Architect

Location: Los Angeles/ Marina del Rey, CA

Department: Architecture

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

OBJECTIVE OF THE POSITION

James Perse is currently seeking a Senior Architect to join our in-house Architecture and Furniture Design team – the drivers behind the development and execution of the Brand’s signature aesthetic across our global luxury retail, hospitality, and commercial spaces.  Please include portfolio with application.

The Senior Architect will serve as an experienced design voice in the development of the Company’s retail, hospitality, and commercial projects.  He/she must demonstrate high technical proficiency in design and exhibit a strong aesthetic sensibility, developing new concepts for stores and other real estate projects, fixtures, and furnishings that reinforce and expound upon the Brand’s design sense while remaining true to its core principles.  The Senior Architect must communicate effectively and work well with team members, colleagues in other creative departments, outside vendors and consultants, and the Company’s CEO.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Timely and thoughtfully execute design related activities – including, without limitation, concept creation, development of details and specifications, materials research and sample procurement, and preparation and revision of design and construction documents (e.g., conceptual drawings, schematics, floorplans, storefront elevations, and 3D renderings). 
  • Partner with Visual Merchandising, Retail Sales, Retail Operations, Information Technology, and Legal teams to ensure that store designs, layouts, and fixtures are on brand while highly functional, optimized, and compliant with all legal (including lease) requirements.
  • Advise Senior Project Manager on the:
  • selection of architects, consultants, and other project vendors
  • resolution of problems submitted from the field, and make recommendations on change orders, time extensions, cost increases, and similar contractual matters
  • Meet all design-related milestones in the project schedule.  Maintain documentation to demonstrate progress and completion of all phases of work.
  • Coach and develop more junior designers on the Architecture team. 
  • Maintain understanding of the retail and hospitality design landscape.   Develop and present new ideas and design strategies that will deepen and evolve the Brand’s aesthetic.
  • Develop and provide tenant criteria guidelines for new and existing stores.

REQUIRED SKILLS, COMPETENCIES, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Extremely organized, with strong attention to detail
  • Must possess an elevated design sensibility and be able to articulate the Brand aesthetic and market differentiations
  • Must possess strong computer skills, including AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, Revit, 3DMax programs
  • Ability to complete construction documents, possessing an understanding of how buildings are constructed in order to create accurate and descriptive technical documents
  • Ability to multi-task, problem-solve, and react to changing priorities in a challenging, fast-paced environment
  • Anticipates potential challenges or obstacles, and timely identifies and implements solutions
  • Communicates effectively and professionally
  • Some travel (including overnight stays) may be required
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish) desired but not required

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 7-10 years’ experience in architecture, preferably some in-house
  • Luxury retail and/or hospitality retail experience required
  • Experience with furniture design desired

EDUCATION

  • B.A. or B.S. in Architecture required, M.A. in Architecture highly preferred
  • License to practice architecture

JAMES PERSE was founded over 20 years ago in Los Angeles, California by its eponymous designer. James’ signature design philosophy and aesthetic – the pairing of elegance and sophistication with simplicity and comfort – is borne from his passion for minimalist architecture and (as a Los Angeles native) his intimate familiarity with west coast indoor / outdoor living and the casual clothing inspired by it. This approach has been applied to each step in developing the JAMES PERSE brand, which has become synonymous with Southern California life and style.

At the Company’s inception, James’ mission was to bring an elevated look and feel to unique baseball caps and basic tees. Two decades later, the Company has expanded to producing full lines of its famously soft and meticulously constructed modern classics for men and women, as well as home furnishings, accessories, and limited edition goods.  Our collections are sold in over 40 JAMES PERSE boutiques, as well as in fine department and specialty stores around the world.

Our employees are smart, creative, passionate, and service-driven individuals who meet the same superior standards we set for our products. We embrace talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and support policies and practices that prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

JAMES PERSE offers competitive benefits packages, including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, an employee assistance program, paid vacation, paid sick time, a retirement savings plan with company match, and a generous employee discount.

To view and learn more about our open positions visit: http://jamesperse.applytojob.com/apply/

We appreciate your interest in our company and look forward to hearing from you.

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