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Architecture Design Manager

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The Architecture Design Manager provides design quality assurance and design management services on new build and conversion projects-- including managed, franchised, and company-owned hotels, to ensure brand compliance and operational acceptability.




Specific Expected Contributions




· Represents department to both external and internal clients and builds positive and mutually beneficial relationships.


· Provides technical reviews of drawings and other submittals for franchised or managed projects to ensure conformance with brand design standards.

· Provide conceptual design studies, sketch plans, and criteria/facilities programs for projects as required.

· Applies design talent to problem solving design exercises to achieve cost efficient results that align with the brand standards and the brand strategy.

· Communicates and coordinates with internal disciplines to ensure the integration of relevant input in project reviews.

· Coordinates review/approval (with participation from appropriate disciplines) of variances from brand standards requested by owners due to specific project circumstances.

· Provides information, interpretation, and guidance to outside owners and their consultants, as well as internal design and construction staff, for adapting brand standards to specific projects.

· Leads conversion scope site visits and prepares Property Improvement Plans (PIPs).

· Maintains and updates project review templates and quality control checklists.

· Prepares recommendations for design changes to address customer satisfaction data, operational concerns, brand initiatives, and development strategies.

· Supervises, directs, motivates, and trains assigned staff and outside consultants as necessary.


· Tracks and maintains project data and milestones utilizing a database tool.


· Assists Design Strategies team in the maintenance and development of brand prototype documentation.

· Maintains clear communication with all department management levels and advises/consults on sensitive owner or project issues.

· Assists with quantity take-offs and FF&E bills of materials to support the procurement process

· Potential Travel: US / Canada – 25% travel is anticipated for this position

· Manages time allocation on projects in accordance with specific project budgets, deadlines, and/or direction established by Senior Management.

· Reports to Senior Managers / Directors for policy guidance, methods, and systems support matters. Supports Senior Managers / Directors in monitoring, reviewing, and expediting drawing submittals.




Specific Candidate Profile




· 4-year undergraduate degree in Architecture or related design discipline from an accredited college or university.

· A minimum of 6-8 years of progressive experience in architectural design at a design firm for large commercial or hospitality projects.

· A minimum of 6-8 years of experience in the preparation and coordination of architectural construction documents and coordination of consultants.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills / excellent interpersonal skills.

· Ability to work well in a high volume, fast-paced environment as a member of a collaborative team

· Good architectural design skills, technical and project management skills.

· Good business judgment and creative problem solving attributes.

· Strong conceptual design/freehand sketching and/or digital presentation abilities.
· Computer skills: electronic mark-up software, word processing, spreadsheet, database, CAD.

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