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Architectural Design Strategist

*This post is not for a position at IDEO, but for a position with one of our clients.

In a nutshell:

IDEO is partnering with one of our clients in search of an Architectural Design Strategist. This is a full-time opportunity located in Minneapolis, MN. This individual will lead the spatial design strategy for them and lead the rethinking and experiences of space through the lens of the company’s brand and growth strategy.

Why is this role important?

The Architectural Design Strategist will make the biggest impact by designing and creating spaces from a Human Centered point of view and envision the system and space in which tools, spaces, and people will interact with through this lens. This skillset is critical to the client’s interdisciplinary teams and will be counted to provide human centered thinking and in helping to drive their content and process.

Once here you will:

  • Work with designers and colleagues of different backgrounds to create holistic, branded experiences that integrate both physical and digital environments.
  • Lead the spatial design strategy across all phases of a project.
    • Conceptual design, space planning, presentations, and documentation.
    • Develop space planning concepts to support client programmatic needs
    • Facilitate client and team review and revision of design as necessary
    • Produce documentation to communicate design intent to client teams and selected Architect of Record
    • Support the selection and onboarding of the Architect of Record and manage communication in service of stewarding design through implementation.
    • Work with consultants, contractors, fabricators, specification writers, and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives
  • You’ll champion the impact of human centered design on everyday life.

Relevant mindset:

  • You’re a confident and flexible leader of interdisciplinary teams where harmonious collaboration is imperative.
  • You’re a systems thinker; you love solving big, hairy problems and can logically visualize complex systems and spaces.
  • You get what it takes to build something.
  • You can articulate a human-centered approach to design and be comfortable going out into the world for inspiration. You understand basic human-centered design philosophy, are comfortable with ambiguity and want to push design methodologies.
  • You can relate to individuals and nurture talent.
  • Confidence in managing strategic projects in complex, “new-to-the-world” content areas
  • You are able to distinguish between “good” and “great” design.

Relevant experience

  • 5-8 years of experience in applicable areas of space design such as retail, hospitality, exhibit, workplace design, and urban design.
  • Completed an undergraduate or graduate degrees in Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Exhibit Design.  
  • Fluency with design, documentation, and communication tools required to meet project objectives—Revit, AutoCAD, Bluebeam, Excel, SketchUp, Rhino and other 3D sketch software, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Extensive experience in graphic presentations.
  • Excellent storytelling and narrative skills
  • Outstanding communication, presentation and design team collaboration skills
  • Ability to create and guide design strategies and design planning for spatial projects
  • Demonstrate a human-centered approach to design solutions
  • Experience engaging in client relationships and client management.

Application requirements and instructions:

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and portfolio for this position.



Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.