Manager, Architecture Lead


  • Manage a team of Architects who design, coordinate, and execute multiple simultaneous Enterprise projects. Assist team members in learning processes and growing professionally.
  • This role manages direct reports. The Architecture Lead's responsibilities will include conducting professional 1:1 sessions, reviewing performance, providing mentorship, and performing other people management duties.
  • Lead and empower Architecture team members to proactively flag and solve project issues.
  • Ensure that the Architecture team consistently articulates and solves functional requirements, through effective programming, space planning, and code analysis.
  • Liaise with the other Discipline Leads on the Development team, maintaining consistent coordination of work processes and deliverables across disciplines.
  • Produce complete design packages, including programming, layout, drawings and specifications, AoR coordination, and operational documentation. In your management role, be a mentor to team members by providing guidance, feedback, QA/QC, and direction on design methodologies.
  • Be a main point of contact and escalation for architects on the team.

Leadership Qualities:

  • Be a Positive Influence - Become a positive influence within your discipline and beyond by always carrying yourself in a professional manner. Be optimistic and help others do so as well. This applies to our team, our consultants, and other parts of the business. You are a leader representing the Design Department. We should always be at our best.
  • Build the Guild - Be excited about creating a strong culture within your guild, through events, mentorship, and learning opportunities. Develop an environment that excitedly welcomes new discipline team members, and helps to grow current members.
  • Manage and Mentor - Act as both a manager and a mentor to regional discipline team members (provide guidance, feedback, and assistance on product design methodology).
  • Collaborate - Work collaboratively with your direct guild members, the global Discipline Head, and the other regional Discipline Leads within your function.
  • Build Relationships - Dive deep into your discipline by building relationships within your industry, leveraging expertise and creating excitement within the guild about the future of your discipline from a wide-lens perspective.
  • Be Respectful and Discreet - As a manager, you will encounter sensitive situations and information. Honesty, respect, and privacy are essential.
  • Prioritize and Be Organized - As you will remain an active team member working on projects, it is important that you understand your own workflow, and are able to prioritize and work efficiently. The Discipline Lead will wear many hats--project team member, manager, product expert--so you must feel comfortable and excited about getting involved at many levels of the Design organization.


  • 8+ years professional design experience on high quality commercial or hospitality projects; mixed-use residential, cultural, and institutional experience will also be considered
  • BArch, MArch, or equivalent required; licensed Architect preferred
  • Track record of delivering outstanding high quality design, leading teams on high profile projects
  • Excellent oral, written and graphic communication skills
  • Process oriented, ambitious out-of-the-box approach, with an ability to motivate team members beyond their comfort zones
  • Excellent decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Ability to initiate and establish relationships with internal WeWork team members, external consultants, clients, and outside organizations; broad ability to coordinate these parties
  • Experience leading relationships and communications with the above parties throughout design and construction on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience coordinating design and construction documentation with external consultants from SD through CA, and confidence in reviewing and marking up documents and deliverables
  • Facility with budgeting and scheduling, especially in regards to soft costs and alignment with external consultants, to ensure that project milestones and deliverables are satisfied
  • Comprehensive and extensive knowledge of building materials, construction details, building code, ADA, zoning, and other industry standards
  • Proficiency in BIM (Revit), all things Google, and Bluebeam Revu; familiarity with construction/project management platforms
  • Fluent Japanese

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