Senior Workplace Designer and Strategist at HDR

| Philadelphia, PA
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About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.


This position has demonstrated expertise and a passion for creating innovative and effective workplace solutions that align with project and organizational goals by working closely with client leadership as well as the project team. The Senior Workplace Designer is responsible for developing and leading the design in all phases of a project, from conceptual design to design development. This position demonstrates a master level knowledge of the interior design process from programming through construction administration. S/he will lead the interior architecture design team on projects of any size or complexity, in addition to delegating to and supervising the work of others. S/he must have professional communication, presentation, and client management skills, along with the ability to clearly document and present design concepts to all project stakeholders and industry peers. This individual must be a team player focused on collaboration with the ability to maintain a consistently positive attitude despite challenging circumstances.

The Senior Workplace Designer will employ a variety of creative strategy, planning, design and research methods to understand needs and recommend solutions. In order to stay current about workplace trends, this position will participate in industry events, including giving conference presentations and writing articles. This position will manage and mentor junior staff to support the growth of the regional workplace design studio.

This position is also responsible for supporting business development efforts, development of the workplace design practice and participation on pursuit teams for projects. Projects include workplace environments for all market sectors including corporate, academic, institutional, health care, and government sector clients. Projects may include office space for a variety of administrative, teaching, research, testing, and collaborative facilities for any project type.

  • Works with client team and internal design team to create a project vision, understand business goals
  • Leads facilities and strategic programming efforts
  • Conducts fact finding research regarding current work styles and workplace conditions
  • Lead interior design process from concept through construction administration
  • Work closely with architecture and engineering teams
  • Provides support on concurrent projects and related multidisciplinary teams
  • Provides mentorship and guidance to staff to assist in their career development
  • Lead design charettes and pin up activities
  • Works closely with the Regional Directors, Managing Principals, Planners, Marketing Coordinators and Pursuit Teams to support business development and marketing initiatives
  • May assume the role of facilities planner, strategic planner and/or workplace strategist on projects
  • Participates in Change Management activities and post-occupancy evaluations
  • Participates in conferences and promotes HDR's workplace design and strategy expertise both internally and externally
  • Will require travel to clients as necessary for meetings



Required Qualifications & Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Interior Design or Interior Architecture
  • 10 years of experience in relevant design firm environment
  • Strong working Knowledge of Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp/ Rhino (or similar), the Adobe Creative Suite, Bluebeam, and Microsoft Office suite
  • NCIDQ certificate holder
  • ID license in state where applicable
  • LEED AP preferred
  • WELL AP preferred
  • Local candidates are preferred.

At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.
More Information on HDR
HDR operates in the Greentech industry. The company is located in Omaha, NE, Anchorage, AK, Phoenix, AZ, Tuscon, AZ, Irvine, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Denver, CO, Englewood, CO, Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Tampa, FL, Atlanta, GA, Honolulu, HI, Boise, ID, Chicago, IL, Des Moines, IA, Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Baton Rouge, LA, Boston, MA, Portland, ME, Fulton, MD, Ann Arbor, MI, Minneapolis, MN, Kansas City, MO, St Louis, MO, Lincoln, NE, Las Vegas, NV, Reno, NV, Albuquerque, NM, New York, NY, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, Portland, OR, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, North Charleston, SC, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, Bellevue, WA, Seattle, WA, Spokane, WA and Virginia Beach, VA. HDR was founded in 2021. It has 11170 total employees. To see all 147 open jobs at HDR, click here.
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