Senior Architecture Lead

Project Architect
Shanghai, China

About the Role:
This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for more responsibility, design freedom, and the hunger to create amazing spaces and revolutionize the definition of workspace. The role includes designing both standard and custom WeWork locations. We are searching for a Project Architect who wants to be responsible for all phases of the design and construction process from programming to design through the bid process and construction administration. In this role you will be leading the design and coordination process for projects by collaborating with engineering, construction, design, logistics, operations and development teams as well as other inter-departmental groups. Externally, you will provide direction to and collaborate with contracted consultants (MEP, Structural, local Architect of Record, GC's and expeditor(s)).


  • • Design, document, and execute multiple simultaneous high quality projects, by collaborating with all internal and external teams
  • • Lead the creation of a conceptual framework for the project
  • • Incorporate into projects WeWork standards, goals, and brand ideals
  • • Design, coordinate, and document custom spaces and elements when needed
  • • Communicate regularly to management and the project team with project updates, for example, of the status of each project, potential issues on site, etc.
  • • Provide mentorship and support to less experienced architectural designer
  • • Proactively flag any issues that may arise during the entire project, from deal release to opening, take ownership of them, and work together with your team internally to resolve them
  • • Be responsible for determining and organizing functional requirements, providing programming, space planning, and code analysis
  • • Produce all design and hand-off packages for a project utilizing Revit, including programming, layout, AoR Hand-off and operations
  • • Support the Real Estate team in the Due Diligence process as needed
  • • Lead the coordination of all disciplines to produce a comprehensive and coordinated construction document set which meets the requirements of local building code, ADA, zoning, and any other applicable law
  • • Be the main point of contact for external consultants

  • • BArch / MArch Degree or equivalent required, licensed architect preferred
  • • 4 years+ professional design experience in high quality commercial or hospitality projects. Mixed-use residential, cultural, and institutional experience also will be considered.
  • • Proficient in the following programs: Revit(a must), all things Google, Bluebeam
  • • A commitment to delivering outstanding high quality design
  • • Ambitious, out-of-the-box thinker
  • • Experience with rule based or branded design refined over multiple iterations
  • • Reliable, focused, and detail-oriented
  • • Comprehensive knowledge of building materials and construction details
  • • Knowledge and experience working with local building code, ADA, zoning, and other applicable laws
  • • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in Schematic Design, Design Development, permitting and Construction Documentation
  • • Ability to confidently review and markup the above documents
  • • Demonstrable experience coordinating design documentation with external consultants
  • • Understanding of Project budgeting and scheduling with a focus on soft costs and the ability to communicate and work closely with consultants to ensure that project milestones are being met and deliverables are on time and complete
  • • Excellent oral, written, and graphic communication skills
  • • Participate in project teams that include high profile/high visibility projects
  • • Excellent decision-making skills and a highly resourceful problem solver
  • • Ability to initiate and establish business relationships with professionals and officials of other organizations and companies
  • • Self-directed with a high level of initiative and a 'can do' attitude, but open to feedback and a strong desire to learn
  • • Strong time management skills and experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • • Excellent organizational and 'people' skills
  • • Fluent in English and Chinese

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