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Senior Designer, Higher Education

Department: Design
Location: Orlando, FL

The best integrated design firm in the world has an opening for an experienced Senior Designer in our Higher Education studio.


  • Orlando, FL

As a Senior Designer at DLR Group you will be responsible for implementing the DLR Group Design Fundamentals and coordinating with all project team members to produce quality conceptual designs for large Higher Education projects and the graphic representation of those designs for client use.† You will also collaborate with project managers and team members to maintain financial health of these projects Ė leading the design effort and maintaining the quality of the work product within the established project schedule. As part of our integrated design teams you assist in creating buildings that elevate the human experience through design.

If you are a collaborative design leader with a strategic mindset this might be the position for you. DLR Group is 100% employee owned and as such youíll enjoy the opportunity to have ownership in the Firm. We rely on all our employee-owners to apply their financial acumen to grow the Firm profitably.

Position Summary

You will be responsible for producing profitable and executable designs, with assistance from the Regional Sector Leader, Project Manager and/or more senior Project Architect.† As a Higher Education team member, you will assist with all aspects of the project document development and coordinating with all project team members to produce quality design work product while adhering to project schedules and budgets.

The successful candidate will:

  • Identify and proposes creative, innovative solutions to design challenges.
  • Lead the design direction and conceptual development of project documents.
  • Assist in elevating design in the studio and Orlando office with the knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles.
  • Collaborate with the Higher Education studio in the strategic pursuit, proposal, presentation, and development of sector work.
  • Produce accurate documents aligned with firm standards for project assignments.
  • Apply practice standards to project assignments.
  • Communicate with the Regional Sector Leader and Senior Project Manager on the progress of design assignments according to the established project schedule and workplan.
  • Ensure design information is incorporated into project documents and carried through construction.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelorís Degree in Architecture or Design.
  • At least 15 years of experience designing Higher Education (HiEd) buildings, projects, and environments.
  • Proficient in the use of 3D computer modeling and rendering software such as REVIT and/or SketchUp.
  • The ability to travel occasionally to support national and/or regional project tasks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Bachelorís Degree or Masterís of Architecture Degree.
  • Professional License.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SketchUp, Enscape, Lumion, and/or V-Ray.
  • Experience and interest in sustainable building design.

Please submit a resume and portfolio providing examples of your HiEd design experience.

DLR Group is a 100% employee-owned firm. Our brand promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Visit and follow us on Twitter, and at LinkedIn.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

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