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

James Perse Enterprises, Inc. has successfully introduced its unique take on the Southern California lifestyle to the world. With visionary focus, Perse has expanded the company to include James Perse Standard, James Perse Los Angeles, James Perse Home and James Perse Malibu, each line defined by premium fabrics and Perse's signature designs. James Perse Enterprises, Inc. enters its second decade with the perfect basis for continued global expansion - absolute dedication to its swiftly growing, intensely loyal clientele. At James Perse Enterprises, Inc. we set superior standards for our products and our employees. We seek talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences who would be assets to our brand. We are seeking responsible, committed, and highly energetic retail professionals with a developed sense of contemporary style and exceptional customer service.

James Perse offers a competitive compensation package. Full-time positions are eligible for benefits.

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