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Gensler — Career Opportunities

Design Director

Careers Site Location: Houston, TX, US


Gensler is one of the world’s leading architecture, design and planning firms. Our work reflects an enduring commitment to sustainability and the belief that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for securing lasting competitive advantage.  At Gensler, you will join a highly creative, collaborative team dedicated to innovation, problem solving and design excellence.

At Gensler, design is at the center of every project. Design Directors are a select group responsible for leading the creative efforts on specific projects. Design Directors bring new approaches to the design process and strategy, they coach and develop next-generation talent, and they represent the firm in the larger design community.

Community Studio:

Gensler is seeking a design leader for the Community Studio in Houston.  The studio’s market focus includes Education, Science, Health & Wellness, Arts & Culture, Mission Critical and Planning and Urban Design.

If you —


are an original thinker; yet you listen and actively collaborate with others;

not only enjoy staying current but promote curiosity, enthusiasm, and confidence;

foster creativity and a commitment to design excellence within your studio and on your projects;

engage clients, so yours is the company they want to keep;

recognize, recruit, and nurture the best talent;

give leadership, both inside and outside your firm;

support and strengthen the vision, values, and culture of your firm;

want to be part of a firm that believes that design empowers people and transforms organizations …


then Gensler would like to meet you.

The Gensler Community Studio thrives on a positive, collaborative, fun, and inspiring environment. If you have a commitment to providing high-quality professional design services for clients in the Community market sector, Gensler Houston is the place to be.

Leadership Role:

Design Directors are involved with projects from the initial marketing stages through completion of construction. In addition to direct project involvement, Design Directors have responsibility for building and sustaining client relationships.

Design Directors work in concert with other colleagues to achieve goals related to project quality and process, while satisfying client requirements — a hallmark of all Gensler projects.

As a member of Houston’s Community Studio leadership team, the Design Director will collaborate with other practice leaders in the South-Central Region and across the firm-wide platform to enhance the culture for design, elevate the quality of design, and achieve recognition for clients and the firm.


  • Lead the design team through all phases of projects
  • Act as the primary design interface with clients
  • Assist in managing client expectations, team communication and consultant coordination
  • Collaborate seamlessly with the project architect (technical and project manager (budget and schedule) to ensure successful project performance
  • Guide, advise, and mentor other designers; lead design critiques/forums
  • Participate in business development and marketing efforts

The ideal candidate must meet the following qualifications to be considered:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, LEED accreditation, and 15+ years of diverse community project experience, including experience in a leadership role
  • Ability to work in a team environment; good collaboration skills
  • Excellent presentation abilities
  • A mix of strategic and creative bent, with ability to create great form while embracing sound business strategy
  • Passionate about design and able to be the design inspiration for multiple highly-creative project teams
  • Strong leadership, organization, communication and relationship management skills
  • Ability to provide critical design review to design teams, communicating design ideas and direction quickly
  • Demonstrated success building, nurturing and fostering new client relationships
  • Ability to work closely with design directors across the firm to promote an inter-disciplinary design approach and philosophy

Gensler is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program.   Women, minorities, disabled and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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