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Interior Design Director

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Gensler — Career Opportunities

Interior Design Director

Careers Site Location: Tokyo, Japan


As a Design Director at Gensler Tokyo, this person will lead the design efforts for primary interior projects in Workplace and Lifestyle sectors. He / she must demonstrate proven skills in creating design concepts, storytelling and developing design schemes into the documentations for implementation. As a design leader, we expect extensive experience in inspiring and leading the design teams on multiple projects as well as managing client expectations. To be successful in this role, he / she must have significant knowledge of workplace consulting practice where he / she can integrate the design strategy into three dimensional interior environments. This role also expects him / her to actively develop strong business relationships with clients and outside partners.


  • Represent a design leader of Tokyo office and involve in all internal and external design activities (We may ask regional design leadership role in addition to the Tokyo office role)
  • Help Tokyo office to grow as a part of senior leadership team in the office
  • Deliver the highest quality design excellence to raise our positioning in the market
  • Be accountable for the successful design and delivery of the projects meeting with client’s expectations
  • Lead design efforts through all phases of interior projects including developing design directions and leading design critiques/forums
  • Work closely with consulting team and bridge consulting outcomes with design strategy and overall interior design concepts
  • Direct overall look & feel, review and advise on interior finishes, furniture and equipment
  • Participate in the business development activities including assembling the team, preparation of successful proposals and leading interviews with prospect clients
  • Partnership with studio directors and be accountable for the profit and loss of the studio
  • Acting as primary design interface with clients and expand sustainable client relationships
  • Help young designers and technical staff to grow by inspiring, guiding, advising, and mentoring throughout projects


  • Minimum 15+ years experience in the design and have a significant track record in Design Director experience in the design industry.
  • High flexibility, open minded with international experience is a big advantage
  • English and Japanese bilingual skills is a big advantage
  • Strong leadership skills with a great passion to inspire and mentor the design teams
  • Strong organizational, communication and presentation skills
  • Holds a degree in interior design and/or architectural design from an accredited program
  • Holds registered architect license and/or certification of interior designer is an advantage
  • Knowledge in sustainable design or applicable building code will be an advantage.
  • Preferably proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, 3D Studio, sketch up and free hand sketches

We welcome those who have spent their design career overseas and are planning to return to Japan to explore further their career and help us to grow our business together.




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