Architectural Designer

Architectural Designer
Gary Lee Partners
June 20, 2024
Chicago, Illinois
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Gary Lee Partners is searching for a talented and enthusiastic interior designer who thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. Working closely within a dedicated Project Team, as well as firm leadership. The interior designer will support all stages of a project’s life cycle, design through construction administration.

The ideal candidate for this role is responsible for parts of a project with parameters set by others. The ability to interface with clients with oversight by others and the understanding of all project phases with key tasks such as programming, space planning, conceptual design, construction documentation, FF+E selection and specification. This position also directs and mentors interns on project teams.

Successful involvement in projects from start to finish across our most important verticals: workplace and residential, with increased client communication is crucial as is the ability to carry-out and track project deliverables and provide feedback to partners onsite.


Project tasks and responsibilities:

  • Develop Test Fit plans
  • Generate Schematic Design (SD) and Design Development (DD) documents and prepare presentation materials for project Director and team review.
  • Furniture research and selection
  • Generate and coordinate as required Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment (FF+E) resources, procurement and installation processes
  • Prepare Scope, Bid and Construction Documents; develop technical data and insert into documents; complete red line pick-ups with attention to technical detail and accuracy.
  • Review shop drawings and submittal during Construction Contract Administration
  • Provide site observation and documentation of Construction Punchlist for General Contractor (GC)
  • Provide site observation and documentation of Furniture Punchlist for furniture dealer/installer.
  • Participate in client and/or project meetings and Prepare meeting minutes for Project Director review
  • Regularly participate in vendor meetings and industry Shows consistent growth in external relationships and a desire to promote Gary Lee Partners in the marketplace. Shows signs of developing significant client relationships.
  • Involved in constructing client proposals, presentations and
  • Coordinates vendor Provides feedback to interns on performance in a timely manner.
  • Proactive communication with supervisors regarding workload and


The ideal candidate possesses:

Meticulous attention to detail and client service-oriented attitude

A team-oriented mentality with the ability to work independently

Foresight to know when to ask for direction, clarification or help

Ability to work with different personalities and work styles positively and      collaboratively


Required qualifications:

A professional degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or similar discipline

Approximately 3- 5 years of related professional experience working in an interior design studio or architecture firm with emphasis on interior design

Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, and Adobe Creative Suite


Gary Lee Partners is an MBE certified firm in the city of Chicago, whose diverse staff hails from all walks of life, from coast to coast, and abroad. The diversity in our projects is the product of unique people with different personalities, work styles, and creative approaches. We believe in empowering our designers to take responsibility for their projects and grow within the firm as future leaders. As part of this initiative, we encourage our employees to become members of professional associations, such as AIA, IIDA, CoreNet, and SMPS.


$60-90k/annually based on experience

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