Kasian – Interior Designer


Interior Designer – Senior Associate


Kasian is one of the largest integrated architecture and interior design firms in Canada. With a network of offices across Canada and overseas, we are a local firm with a global reach. We strive to enhance the human experience through great design. Our passion is rooted in strengthening connections between people and places by creating environments that inspire and improve lives. From complex operational facilities to finely-crafted workplace interiors, Kasian’s breadth of expertise and dedication to excellence has been the driving force behind great design and strong relationships for over 30 years.

We have an opportunity in our Vancouver office for a Senior Associate to join our Interior Design team.  In this role, you will work hand-in-hand with our Interior Design Principal to lead our growing team, within a larger architectural practice. You will be responsible for promoting design excellence on all interiors projects by providing leadership in design, practice management, project management, business development, and staff development.

In this role, you will have a leadership role in the following areas:

 Design Leadership:

  • Develop innovative design concepts which are practical, aesthetically appealing, and meet functional goals within the project budget; provide design direction
  • Oversee project teams in the conceptual design stage, providing guidance from vision through design implementation; ensure design intent is graphically presented to clients in a clear and compelling way
  • Keep abreast of design trends as well as new products and technology; be considered a though-leader in design by continually educating yourself and others
  • Foster an ongoing dialogue within the Interiors team on design including philosophy, approach, and processes
  • Lead and inspire design teams to create and deliver “A Level” design on projects and continually improve the caliber of design

 Project Management

  • Manage the interior design component of concurrent projects, both stand-alone and integrated
  • Provide leadership and take responsibility for all aspects of project delivery including coordination of design, production, contract administration, and financial success
  • Partner with clients through the strategic planning, client programming, and needs analysis phases of projects
  • Be actively involved with consultants with respect to procurement, coordination, and management
  • Perform quality control for all project presentation outputs and documentation
  • Successfully manage client relationships: use well-developed interpersonal skills to communicate with clients on complex topics

 Practice Management:

  • Work with the Interior Design Principal to execute the practice goals of the Interior Design studio
  • Budget, forecast, and schedule resources for the Interior Design studio; ensure projects are adequately staffed to meet contractual obligations
  • Provide day-to-day leadership to the Interiors team

Business Development:

  • Work with the Interior Design Principal to develop and execute the marketing strategy for the Vancouver interiors practice
  • Champion RFP submissions, develop fee proposals, attend pitches
  • Through having a well-respected presence in the interior design community, be “in the know” regarding business opportunities and increase Kasian’s potential of being sought out for new projects
  • Build and maintain client relationships through consistently meeting program and budget requirements

Staff Development:

  • Take an active role in employee development through leading, coaching, mentoring, and motivating staff
  • Prepare, deliver, and ensure completion of staff evaluations
  • Develop the next generation of interior design experience at Kasian
  • Participate in interviews and recruiting professional staff
  • Foster an environment of mutual respect and trust among the Interior Design team as it grows and develops
  • Encourage staff exploration and innovation to achieve project design excellence and continual improvement of design ideas
  • Take an active role in giving back to the local design community; for example, this could be through relationships with post-secondary institutions and provides a window into knowing who the bright “stars” are that we should be connecting wit

Here’s what you bring to Kasian:

  • A minimum of 12 years of progressive interior design experience
  • A Degree in Interior Design and NCIDQ certification
  • Client management skills, including being able to create and maintain strong working relationships with clients
  • Experience in managing corporate workplace projects as well as projects in other market sectors
  • Creative thinker, conceptual design expertise, strong technical knowledge, knowledge of furniture systems, current knowledge of Workplace Strategy concepts, and construction administration experience
  • Effective leadership skills, including design leadership
  • Track record of leading high-performance teams
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Revit, Sketch-Up, and Adobe Creative Suite an asset

Have we sparked your interest?  To apply for this position please visit our website at www.kasian.com/careers.



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