Retail Architect / Project Manager: 5-7 years of experience – New York, NY, United States | Works

Heitler Houstoun Architects is looking for experienced Retail Project Managers / Architects with 5-7 years of professional architectural experience (5 years B. Arch or M. Arch) in the areas of Health, Wellness , clothing and / or beauty for locals and national brands. There will also be opportunities in other practice areas (residential / workplace).

The candidate must be local in the New York area or able to travel within a relatively short period of time. (no visa or international requests please)

Job description:

The role will require direct customer management and the ability to lead a 2-5 person production team throughout the execution and deployment of national service-based retailers. Architectural and interior design services will cover all phases of design, drafting, approval and construction.

The ideal candidate would demonstrate experience in the following areas:

  • Pre-design – Assist the client in the evaluation and selection of potential spaces. Ability to review work letter and lease terms and understand the impact on space planning, budgets, design, design work from vendors and sub-consultants.
  • Design Phases – Oversee the development and / or implementation of the design based on a scope of work as contractually defined. Review layout for code compliance, coordinate with sub-consultants and suppliers, oversee production of internal drawings.
  • Approval Phases – Prepare drawings for building owner and / or management review / approval as well as local building department plan approval / permits.
  • Tenders and negotiations – Preparation of tender documents and administration of the tendering process. Assist the client in the selection of a general contractor.
  • Construction phase – Administer the construction contract and support the general contractor during construction.

Applicants must demonstrate experience in one of the following types of projects:

  • Retail – Apparel, beauty, health and wellness for local or national brands in urban / storefront or indoor mall locations.
  • Retail – Design based on concepts and / or prototypes
  • Retail – Preparation of design documents to facilitate the implementation of the design concept in several national sites.

Applicants must demonstrate the following personal skills:

  • Ability to manage internal and external deadlines through personal time management and efficient team delegation.
  • Experience in supervising and managing the workflow of a small project team.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with a dynamic team in a dynamic and rigorous environment.
  • Self-motivated, well organized and able to execute projects with little supervision
  • Define and solve complex problems, perform tasks with precision with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast turnaround environment
  • Commitment to guiding and mentoring young team members early in their careers

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:

  • Experience in organizing and assembling construction documents with proven technical detail skills.
  • Experience navigating third party approvals (building management, local zoning, local building department).
  • Experience in identifying required consultants and soliciting proposals on behalf of clients.
  • Knowledge of national, state, local and federal accessibility codes.
  • Knowledge of national, state and local energy conservation codes.
  • Knowledge of New York City zoning text, building codes and the DOB permit application process.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge in the following technical skills:

  • Hand drawing and sketching abilities to quickly express creative ideas or technical details
  • Experience in supervising drawing production teams (AutoCAD) with their own experience and knowledge of the software.
  • Experience in supervising visualization production teams (Google Sketch-up, V-Ray).
  • Knowledge of presentation and communication software tools: PowerPoint, In-Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Outlook.
  • Knowledge of organizational software tools: Microsoft Project, Excel.

Heitler Houstoun Architects, is a growing … and award-winning architectural firm made up of designers who translate imagination and knowledge into human experience. As a full-service design firm offering expertise in architecture, interior design, space / master planning, and prototype design, the level of engagement and collaboration is an ever-evolving process. Our goal is to provide clients with spaces that exceed their expectations, which requires strong communication, both internal and external, creative problem solving and a commitment to quality and design excellence. A diverse portfolio of residential, commercial and workplace projects offers a wide range of experiences and knowledge, which is enhanced by an open and collaborative office environment.

HHA offers a world-class benefit package for full-time employees. Remuneration according to experience and in the range of 5 to 7 years.

Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and at least five (5) work samples (10MB maximum) of the applicant’s technical and design work experience in a bound PDF (no multiple files or links to websites, please), with particular emphasis on the organization and preparation of construction documents.

Please send an email to [email protected] with ONLY the words “Retail Project Manager” in the subject line.


Michael J. Chiaramonte