January 12, 2018

fluent design
January 12, 2018
Job Type


Who We Are:
Fluent Design is a pioneering commercial interior design company that continually sets the bar for the workplace. We employ an integrated and responsive approach to project design that balances the environmental, economic, and social goals of every client. Fluent promotes a work environment that encourages creative problem-solving and the sharing of ideas through an open office environment and a culture of continuing education. With a portfolio includes more than 300 projects, Fluent’s success is measured by commitment: to our clients, to our employees, and to our community.


Our Culture:

We are a progressive company with a culture of new ideas. A company that thrives on providing creative design and top-notch service while acknowledging the real life constraints that face most projects today. We listen to our clients’ project needs, desires, and goals, and respond with a personalized approach to their design. We are a workplace that crackles with fun, movement, and dynamic creativity. We believe in our ability to do any job and do it well. We pay attention. We work together. We extend these beliefs to our products and to our clients.


The Perfect Fit:

A person who is detail-oriented, passionate, and a great communicator. Organized and thorough in everything that you do. You are a team player with an upbeat positive attitude that enjoys variety in your everyday work. You are the MacGyver of making things happen and aren’t afraid to create processes where none exist. Someone that thrives on customer service and isn’t afraid to have fun at work!


The Job:

Requires knowledge of and experience in design and document production. Has the ability to initiate technical research such as space planning, setting up of construction documents, initial development of details, etc. Beginning to coordinate construction administration and performs tasks such as submission / shop drawing review, file organization such as ASIs, RFIs & other C/A documentation, as well as field construction installation review with the supervision of an upper level designer. Also has basic knowledge of building and planning codes and does initial code reviews / research prior to handing off to Project Designer for review.  Ability to work independently in all phases of small- to medium-sized projects and supports a Project Designer on large complex projects.  Is beginning to direct the work of junior designers with supervision of a Project Designer. Works under moderate supervision.  A certain level of creative latitude is granted.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with team to develop designs and create drawings and, for small to medium projects, may oversee all design and drawing.
  • Participate in client meetings and presentations as needed. Includes conducting client interviews to determine space needs and requirements.
  • Assist Project Designer in developing project documents for permitting, bidding and construction.
  • Create space plans and test fits from programming criteria.
  • Create pricing plans / documents, design development documents and construction documents to represent ideas to clients, contractors and other required entities.
  • Provide thorough code analysis, especially in regards to accessibility and fire / life safety.
  • Provide input to the design and construction schedule – communicate the technical implications of design decisions.
  • Develop and deliver overall design / furniture packages for small to medium projects and assists in developing packages for larger projects.
  • Filling out all documents required for permitting, taking drawings to jurisdictions, and procuring permits.
  • Ability to review shop drawings, submittal packages, requests for interpretation and respond to correspondence from General Contractors and their Subcontractors.
  • Field verification / As-Builts of existing conditions to prepare existing drawings.
  • Be active within local industry through industry sponsored and Fluent Design sponsored events. All other duties as assigned by fellow designers and leadership.
  • Manage design budget for assigned projects.
  • Assist Project Designer in preparing redlines and reviewing internal document sets for rest of design team.
  • Ensure adherence to set budget and immediately informs Project Designer of any potential variances to the budget.
  • All other duties as assigned by Project Designers and leadership.

Key Competencies & Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of design principles and aesthetics.
  • Extensive knowledge of furnishings and finishes.
  • Extensive knowledge of Building Code.
  • Intermediate knowledge of space planning.
  • Proven ability to function in all phases of project development from schematic design through construction administration.
  • Work closely with client and team, tapping into needs & wants, translating this into functional, creative, amazing designs.
  • Talent, commitment and passion for client satisfaction, quality design and documentation.
  • Understanding of basic information required within a construction document set.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced / multi-project design environment.
  • Ability to manage small to medium projects independently.
  • Ability to work effectively within a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Willingness to report to a supervisor, take direction, and provide open communication.
  • Accountability for own actions and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in mentoring and guiding junior staff.
  • Coordinate with consultants and vendors.
  • Highly organized, including but not limited to work environment, physical project materials, email correspondence and electronic files stored on the network.
  • Ability to communicate well with coworkers, clients, vendors, consultants, etc., and convey ideas verbally and graphically.
  • Receive feedback and constructive criticism in a manner which demonstrates understanding that is provided for personal growth, development and overall betterment of self and team.
  • Be mindful of interests of self, coworkers, company, partners, project and clients in all that is done at Fluent Design.
  • Strong attention to detail and dedicated to quality work.
  • Strong spelling & grammar skills and understanding of proper email etiquette.
  • Willingness to support project goals and Fluent Design goals.
  • Effective Time Management skills.
  • Good graphic presentation skills.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited Interior Design and / or Interior Architecture Program.
  • Minimum 5 to 6 years of experience in a variety of interior design projects.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Must be detail-oriented and set high standards for accuracy.
  • Must have demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch Up, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to to meet physical requirements of postion – carrying bags of finishes to meetings, performing field verification / as-builts which may require climbing under desks and moving light furniture to get accurate measurements. Also being able to safely navigate active construction sites.
  • Willingness to get dirty when on jobsites – dust from drywall work to mud walking existing buildings to perform as-builts.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills required.
  • Desire to develop skills and abilities for personal / professional growth.
  • Desire to work with, collaborate with, share with, learn from and perhaps teach fellow designers.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all employee and company information.


Commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience.


How to Apply

For consideration, please email a resume and cover letter to Be sure to put the title of the position to which you are applying + your name in the Subject: line!


Fluent Design is proud to be an AA/EEO employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

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