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Associate Design Director

Are you ready to take the lead in shaping innovative designs that inspire and exceed expectations? At UNStudio, we're looking for a dynamic Associate Design Director with a passion for design to join our fast-growing studio. This role offers an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of global architectural projects.

Full-time · Amsterdam

As an UNStudio Associate Design Director, you will lead collaborative teams dedicated to innovation and excellence in design delivery. Use your unique design perspective to bring new approaches to the design process and strategy, and help clients re-imagine and redesign what's possible. 

You will oversee the implementation of best practices across the team and develop talent for the future. At UNStudio, we create emotional connections through meaningful design solutions that positively impact and change people's everyday experiences. You will drive a culture of curiosity that transforms expectations for our clients, peers, and communities. The Associate Design Director will transform expectations. This multifaceted role focuses on design, strategic planning & support, with a primary focus on being accountable for Design Excellence in all aspects of a project.  

As an Associate Design Director at UNStudio, you will be an integral part of our global leadership team, working alongside other associate directors and reporting directly to the studio director. Each associate director has a unique specialty, and we are seeking someone with a strong design focus.

In this role, you will: 

  • Lead and inspire a talented team of approximately 15 architects and professionals from diverse disciplines, including BIM and interior design.

  • Drive the creative process on multiple projects, guiding them from acquisition through to design development and execution.

  • Ensure the highest standards of design excellence and quality across all projects.

  • Be the primary point of contact for clients and consultants, representing UNStudio with confidence and expertise.

  • Actively participate in client development, leveraging your network to build strong business relationships.

  • Take full accountability for project outcomes, including design, technical aspects, planning, and budgeting.

  • Travel up to 80% during peak times to meet with clients and oversee project progress ( normally 20%-30% of the time).


What we are looking for:

  • A Master’s Degree in Architecture.

  • Over 15 years of architectural experience, including at least 5 years in a leadership role, in high-demand, international environments.

  • Proven success in leading and delivering large-scale projects with a focus on design excellence and innovation.

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, capable of influencing stakeholders at all levels.

  • The ability to manage competing priorities, navigate ambiguity, and drive results in a fast-paced setting.

  • A strategic mindset with strong business acumen and the ability to identify emerging opportunities in the design market.

  • A collaborative approach to leadership, fostering teamwork, mentorship, and knowledge sharing.

  • Expertise Design and Construction Stages and a broad understanding of other disciplines influencing the design.

Key competencies:

  • Flexibility: Adaptable approach to projects and frequent travel.

  • Results Orientation: Drive for excellence in a high-demand environment.

  • Perseverance: Ability to 'sell the dream' of our designs to clients.

  • Stakeholder Management: Skilled in managing diverse relationships to keep projects on track.

  • Listening: Attentive to team members' input and feedback.

  • Delegating: Effective task distribution and project management.

  • Motivating Others: Strong leadership that inspires and empowers your team.

Why UNStudio 

Joining UNStudio means becoming part of a vibrant and ambitious team in the heart of Amsterdam, one of the world's most beautiful cities. Here’s what we offer:

  • Opportunities to work on high-profile, challenging global projects.

  • A creative, professional, and academic working environment.

  • A young, international team comprising over 30 nationalities.

  • A culture of design through discovery and continuous learning.

  • Significant creative freedom and a clear growth path.

  • A dedicated learning budget to support your professional development.

  • Legendary Summer and Winter Events.

  • 30 annual holidays plus a holiday allowance on top of your salary.

At UNStudio, we believe in nurturing talent and providing the platform for our team to excel. If you're ready to make a difference and drive impactful design projects, we want to hear from you!

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