Sr. Architectural Design Manager

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On a project / tactical level, the successful candidate for this position manages the design review and support services for franchised, managed, or corporate projects for new construction, conversion, or adaptive re-use, inspiring internal and external stakeholders to create design solutions that thrill guests and align with brand strategy. 

Candidates should have creative vision, be a strategic thinker and a strong communicator who can understand and engage with a wide variety of other disciplines and external owners/project managers.


  • Supervises, directs, motivates, and trains assigned staff and outside consultants as necessary.
  • Manage selling the brand and design and negotiation of project to the external customer.
  • Manage project communication to owners, franchisees, internal project stakeholders and disciplines.
  • Represents department to both external and internal clients and builds positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Provides technical reviews of drawings and other submittals for franchised or managed projects to ensure conformance with brand design standards.
  • Provide conceptual design studies, sketch plans, and criteria/facilities programs for projects as required.
  • Applies design talent to problem solving design exercises to achieve cost efficient results that align with the brand standards and the brand strategy.
  • Communicates and coordinates with internal disciplines to ensure the integration of relevant input in project reviews.
  • Coordinates review/approval (with participation from appropriate disciplines) of variances from brand standards requested by owners due to specific project circumstances.
  • Provides information, interpretation, and guidance to outside owners and their consultants, as well as internal design and construction staff, for adapting brand standards to specific projects.
  • Leads conversion scope site visits and prepares Property Improvement Plans (PIPs).
  • Maintains and updates project review templates and quality control checklists.
  • Prepares recommendations for design changes to address customer satisfaction data, operational concerns, brand initiatives, and development strategies.
  • Tracks and maintains project data and milestones utilizing a database tool.
  • Assists Design Strategies team in the maintenance and development of brand prototype documentation.
  • Maintains clear communication with all department management levels and advises/consults on sensitive owner or project issues.
  • Potential Travel: US / Canada – 25% travel is anticipated for this position
  • Manages time allocation on projects in accordance with specific project budgets, deadlines, and/or direction established by Senior Management.
  • Reports to Directors for policy guidance, methods, and systems support matters.


Key Skills/Requirements:

  • Knowledgeable about innovation & trends both in & outside of industry
  • Strong business acumen
  • Problem solving & creative solution skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to negotiate and be flexible when appropriate
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strategic thinking relative to the business
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural, engineering and mechanical drawings
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office, scheduling, project & database mgmt. software (e.g., Microsoft Project, AutoCad, Bluebeam, Adobe).


  • 4-year undergraduate degree in Architecture or related design discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 6-8 years of progressive experience in architectural design at a design firm for large commercial or hospitality projects.
  • A minimum of 6-8 years of experience in the preparation and coordination of architectural construction documents and coordination of consultants.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills / excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well in a high volume, fast-paced environment as a member of a collaborative team
  • Good architectural design skills, technical and project management skills.
  • Good business judgment and creative problem solving attributes.
  • Strong conceptual design/freehand sketching and/or digital presentation abilities.
    Computer skills: electronic mark-up software, word processing, spreadsheet, database, CAD

Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.

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