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Design Manager - Planning & Architecture

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Gensler — Career Opportunities

Design Manager - Planning & Architecture

Location: Washington, DC


At Gensler, we design for people. We leverage our global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. We’re not just designers. We’re tinkerers, craftspeople, visionaries, innovators and thought leaders. Fueled by passion and entrepreneurial spirit, our people bring new ideas to solve challenging problems.  Whether you’re into sketching new ideas, hacking a building or growing client relationships in global markets, there’s something here for everyone.

Our depth of expertise spans disciplines—from aviation and transportation to education, hospitality, retail, technology and more. Whether we’re refreshing a retailer’s brand, planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, we strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient and more impactful.

Our Washington, D.C. office welcomes a savvy, design inspired Project Manager for our Mixed-Use Practice. This studio focuses on Office, Residential, Hospitality, Retail and Planning opportunities both locally and abroad. In this position, you will have overall project responsibility for the design, quality control, client satisfaction and financial performance.  Our goal is to deliver large scale, innovational projects.

This is a rare opportunity to build a practice not only locally but in the Southeast Region!

Your Role:

  • Manage all phases throughout project scope, including project set-up, design and construction administration.
  • Develop, manage and maintain client relationships
  • Create and communicate clear and attainable project objectives and project requirements
  • Manage project scheduling, budgets and set-up with clients, sub-contractors, vendors and consultants
  • Craft project team work-plans and manage a range of project team sizes, comprised of project architects, interior designers, technical designers and consultants
  • Actively manage and track financial performance of project
  • Prepare project proposals, negotiate contracts and fees and coordinate bidding process
  • Help build a full scale, mixed-use practice


  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture; Master’s a plus
  • Minimum of 12 to 15 years of related experience including demonstrated success as a project manager on various mixed use, large scale projects
  • BIM, Revit, Rhino skills a plus but not required
  • InDesign, Photoshop, Excel, Word skills encouraged
  • Registered Architect preferred
  • A passion for design and how it affects the individual and communities


  • A history of leading, managing and mentoring multiple project teams
  • Experience with the entire project lifecycle of mixed-use (residential, office, hospitality, retail and planning) projects through to post-occupancy
  • Proven fiscal accountability and responsibility
  • Knowledge of building codes, standards and building structures
  • Ability to handle difficult situations with tact and aplomb
  • Adept at maintaining existing client relationships and building new ones 
  • Business development skills and experience

For consideration, please submit resume and relevant work samples. Submittals must include work samples for full consideration.

Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions and hackathons, to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our teams’ diverse interests.

We encourage our employees 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. 

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. 

Please provide a cover letter and work samples when applying.


Gensler is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.





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