The Austin office in the South Central Region is seeking a Practice Area Leader for the Mixed Use market sector to assume a key leadership role. The qualified candidate will have exceptional client relationship skills and a portfolio of innovative design solutions with an emphasis on built work.
As a market-facing practitioner with deep knowledge and experience, you will join the team to build our book of business in the Mixed Use market sector through thought leadership and cultivating strategic relationships. You are adept at business development while also taking on a leadership role on projects. Working collaboratively within the region and Gensler network, you will help shape how we get the work, lead the dialogue on design innovation, and help mentor the next generation of design professionals.
What You Will Do
As a thought and knowledge leader, seller, and doer, you will work in concert with the office’s senior leadership developing and executing strategies to grow the region’s mixed use design practice through expanding existing client relationships and developing new lines of work
Have an expansive portfolio of high-quality built work that compliments the firm’s current portfolio
Develop collaborative relationships in the firm, with clients, and with other key constituents
Collaborate with design teams to deliver informed project solutions based on market expertise and deep understanding of client goals
Work closely with office and studio leaders to identify and recruit best-in-class talent
Partner with leadership to establish budgetary framework and investment strategies for the practice area
Develop and maintain project schedules, budgets, and work plans
Lead relationships with the client, contractor, agencies, as well as engineering and specialty consultants
Prepare and review proposals, contracts, and consultant agreements
Registered architect or interior designer with at least 15 years of experience; inclusive of 10+ years of recent, progressive experience leading the planning and design of all phases of mixed use projects
LEED AP preferred; committed to the principles of sustainable design and resilient communities
Excellent presentation and interview skills; ability to sell planning solutions to the highest level of decision makers (presidents, deans, chairs, facility leads, etc.), and to speak holistically about planning/issues/trends, in interviews and conferences
While maintaining design excellence, ability to develop marketing and business development strategies that both provide the greatest value and respond to clients’ tactical and strategic objectives
Experience winning and delivering large-scale projects and taking advantage of synergies across market sectors in business development pursuits
Adept at storytelling, engaging as a communicator, and articulating ideas in interviews and other presentations
Ability to build project-specific strategies in the business development phase by creating a unique value proposition, design strategy, presentation content, differentiation and value-added elements while collaborating with firm leadership
Proven track record of identifying leads, developing relationships, and building a network
Connected and well-regarded within the community and active in industry organizations
Skilled at developing and motivating teams of people both internally and externally
*This is not a remote position. The successful candidate is expected to be in the Austin office.*
Life at Gensler
Gensler is committed to
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
. Through our Five Strategies to Fight Racism, we continue to create a just and equitable future for our colleagues and our communities with our clients. We are a solid voice for social change as we impact people’s lives and fight racism. At Gensler, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace environment.
As a people-first organization, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.
We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities. Our annual base salary range has been established based on local markets.
As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.