AECOM Architecture Design Director in Detroit, Michigan

Business Line Design + Planning

Position Title Architecture Design Director

United States of America - Michigan


Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Design Director for Michigan. This role can be based in Detroit, Southfield or Grand Rapids. The primary responsibilities will be to cultivate and maintain client relationships, oversee and lead multiple projects through all phases of design, and actively lead the design process for each of these clients and opportunities. Additionally, he/she will work with the firm leadership to create strategies for growing the practice regionally. He/she will work with regional leadership to ensure a coordinated effort to support business development endeavors.

As Design Director for Michigan, he/she will lead Architectural Design for projects in Commercial, Corporate, Higher Education, Healthcare, Research, Civic/Cultural & Mixed Use market sectors within the Region. Collaboration with key leaders in Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Interiors, Building Engineering, Economics, and Strategy will be critical. The Design Director will provide design leadership within the Architectural practice across all markets to promote design excellence in collaboration with other disciplines to develop a holistic approach to project delivery & design research. Reinforce market recognition through participation in architectural design community, including architectural schools, practice organizations & civic events.

Providing leadership by example with projects and providing knowledge sharing through pin-ups, charrettes and publication of ongoing design work through intranet and host multi-office video design presentations. Provide day-to-day project leadership on projects from initial business development, proposal & interview to design development, contract documents, and construction administration, for multiple projects.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Business Development Leadership:

  • Work with Market Sector leaders to identify key project pursuits to lead design with teams from concept and throughout delivery

  • Maintain understanding of trends, drivers & delivery methods affecting the marketplace

  • Develops marketing plans, anticipates opportunities, and identifies market trends

  • Builds strong relationships and interacts regularly with clients, teaming partners, and stakeholders linked to the market sector

  • Works with the National Market Leadership, the Buildings + Places Business Line Executives, and Regional & Marketing leadership to develop the growth and pursuit strategy

  • Partner with key individuals within AECOM to procure projects including P3 and Design/Build opportunities

  • Support business financial goals with adequate number of projects to grow the practice and develop expertise

Leadership as Design Director:

  • Oversee the design process and work with team members to discover the clietns vision and ensure that it is infused into the design of the project at all stages

  • Provide guidance and direction to ensure presentations and deliverables meet a high standard of graphic quality that exceed client expectations and advance the reputation of the firm

  • Establish an encouraging and collaborative environment for all project teams

  • Participate in the annual performance review of employees, further developing staff skills and growth through open dialogue

Client Relations and Business Development:

  • Maintain and cultivate existing client relationships, including introduction of firm leadership

  • Build and strengthen connections with clients on a day-to-day basis through a comprehensive understanding of their project mission, values and goals

  • Collaborate with all B+P offices in pursuing work when a multi-office team is important for the success of the project pursuit

Practice Leadership:

  • Actively participate in building the positive perception of AECOM in Michigan

  • Provide mentorship, coaching and motivating project teams and individuals

  • Promote a fun and collaborative work culture

As the firm’s growth continues into new markets and new regions, play an active role in the development of our growth

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture

  • 15+ years related experience including 7+ years’ experience in sales, business development and/or marketing

  • Must be detail oriented, thorough, well-organized and effectively manage time

  • Proven record of maintaining client relationships

  • Ability to discern new markets and develop business in those areas

  • Team player with excellent listening skills and diplomacy; willingness to work with multiple different colleagues on a variety of initiatives

  • Ability to work in a high-paced environment with a sense of urgency

  • Outstanding oral communication, and presentation skills

  • Strong organizational skills – ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Consultative, service-oriented mindset and collaborative problem-solving skills

  • Proactive and goal-oriented, with the ability to work independently and manage change effectively

Preferred Qualifications

  • Licensed Architect

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At AECOM, employee's safety and security are our top Safeguarding core value. All employees are expected to set the highest level of safety expectation in their work, display the highest level of safe behavior, and actively participate in AECOM's Safety For Life Program. SH&E is a part of our company culture and participation is required for all employees.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 184626BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.