Elevate the human experience through designTM






Studio Leader, Education

Department: Architecture
Location: Sacramento, CA
Job ID: 3395

The best integrated design firm in the world has an opening for a creative, entrepreneurial, and customer-focused Studio Leader in our Education Sector.

DLR Group is an integrated design firm that aspires to be the most creative enterprise on the planet. Our brand promise is to elevate the human experience through design. If that challenge is appealing, you're at the right place. DLR Group operates within a hybrid work model, supporting flexibility between office time and work from home.


  • Sacramento, CA

As a Studio Leader at DLR Group you will be responsible for leading and building our Education Practice. As a part of an integrated design team, you will participate in the creation of buildings that elevate the human experience through design. You will have significant resources at your disposal in order to accomplish the goals we will establish together.

If you are a strategic practice builder with a focus on design excellence this is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you. DLR Group is 100% employee-owned and as such you’ll enjoy the opportunity to have ownership in the Firm.

Position Summary:

In this role, you will be involved in business development, responsible for managing and leading contract negotiations, educating clients on our design process, and playing a part in growing our Education studio in California. You will have direct interaction with and engage our local and national resources to pursue and deliver projects. In addition, working with a project manager, the Studio Leader is responsible for the financial health of the project. An effective Studio Leader maintains client contact for the duration of the project, supports a work environment that fosters innovation, and provides a positive responsiveness to the client’s goals and objectives.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a growth agent to the Education Sector in Northern California in collaboration with other sector leaders including business development professionals.
  • Work closely with the Regional Sector Leader and Global Sector Leader to develop strategies to grow – staff, opportunities, brand and design excellence.
  • Identify new project opportunities, lead/participate in relationship building with clients to capture new work, lead/participate in RFQ process & interviews for new project opportunities
  • Have an appreciation and passion for leading an integrated design team.
  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of coordination aspects related to requirements of all design disciplines.
  • Ensure all DLR Group practice standards are followed during the duration of the project.
  • Collaborate with the Project Manager to develop and adhere to the project work plan and schedule.
  • Lead the contract negotiations and approve all contract changes.
  • Ensure timely processing of invoices and engage clients for prompt payment.
  • Mentor team members and participate in hiring, training, and onboarding of new staff.
  • Work collaboratively with Sector Leaders to ensure the financial success of the Education studio in California
  • Collaborate with the Regional Sector Leader and Global Sector Leader to develop our annual business plan.
  • Participate in in-house training activities to further develop skills and abilities.
  • Ability to travel as projects require.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture or equivalent
  • 10+ years of experience in a client-facing role for multiple K-12 or Community College projects
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States without the need for a work visa or residency sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Architecture or equivalent
  • Licensed Architect
  • 10+ years of DSA, CDE, OPSC Experience

DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our 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 is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment.

Our comprehensive Benefits at DLR Group include: medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, employee stock ownership, and bonus opportunities. Compensation considerations are based on location, experience, and skills. The potential pay range for this role is $160,000 - $200,000 annually.

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