AECOM Los Angeles Practice Leader & Principal, Interiors in Los Angeles, California

Requisition/Vacancy No. 155573BR

Position Title Los Angeles Practice Leader & Principal, Interiors

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line Architecture

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - California

City Los Angeles

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


We help shape the world around us — from high-rise buildings to educational, cultural, research and transportation facilities. Our design process is based on energy-efficient building systems, and appropriate selection of materials and form to maximize environmental conditions and long-term performance.

Job Summary

AECOM’s Buildings + Places business line is dedicated to excellence and integrated design solutions. With a range of expertise from strategy through project realization, the connections we make among people and places provide new insight to better outcomes for clients and communities. Better outcomes grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable and make people healthier and happier. Our expertise includes workplace strategy, economic and development planning, master planning, urban planning, architecture, interiors, building engineering, and landscape architecture. AECOM’s teams are leading the industry with visionary and forward-thinking projects.

AECOM’s Interiors team is recognized for designing inspiring and innovative environments for clients across all market sectors and for bringing a new approach to traditional challenges. Projects range from Fortune 100 company headquarters to boutique hotels to Interiors for public agencies. In each of our projects, we act as stewards of our client’s vision, aspirations and fiscal realities.

To perform in this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Our Los Angeles studio is actively seeking a dynamic Practice Lead to add to our Interiors Leadership in our Metro Buildings + Places business unit and will functions as a Principal in the firm working alongside our local and national Interiors Leadership to lead, inspire and build the Interiors practice in the Southern California market.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:


  • In partnership with the Interiors Leadership, provide strategic vision and day-to-day administration of the Interiors group

  • Responsible for development and execution of goals, business plan and profitability, aligning efforts with regional and national business unit plans and goals

  • Work with upper management to support brand messaging which is consistent and present with the client, the internal design studio, and the design community

  • Maintain action plan for all Interiors projects and conduct regular review sessions with appropriate personnel

  • Supervise the production of drawings and documents, oversee design quality control on all projects

  • Manage fee proposals and workload projections for projects

  • Work closely with project managers to identify budget and schedule constraints, support project profitability

  • In conjunction with Interiors Leadership, oversee the implementation and quality of the groups documentation of projects

  • Understand and enforce conditions of client contracts, and understand scope of work and where appropriate seek additional services

  • Ability to think strategically, implement change, enforce policy and resolve conflict

Leadership/Staff Development

  • Serve as a mentor by coaching design teams and individuals; grows and develops the group and individual members

  • In partnership with other Interiors Leadership, responsible for performance development, prepare and deliver staff evaluations, and determine workload allocation

  • Participate in interviews and recruiting of professional staff and build appropriate staff levels

  • Encourage staff exploration and innovation to achieve project design excellence and continual improvement for the achievement of original design ideas and concepts

  • Keep abreast of new technology, materials, methods and developments in his/her specific field

  • Maintain membership and activity in appropriate industry organizations and be an active member of the design community

Business Development

  • Lead the development and execution of the Interior’s marketing strategy at the local and regional business unit level collaborating with Interiors Leadership and other market sectors leaders

  • Identify new business opportunities and grow current client relationships including early client interaction, scope of work development and interviews

  • Ensure positive client, consultant, contractor and jurisdictional satisfaction, grow our presence in the market

  • Work with marketing team in development of marketing material and proposal preparation

  • Coordinate with marketing to promote the design studio through submission of works for industry awards

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design or Architecture required

  • 15+ years of experience with a large Interiors or Architectural firm, with at least 10 years as Senior Level Interior Designer; design and/or project management experience for Commercial Interiors required

  • Registered Interior Designer or Architect with current license required

  • Experience in design, design development and project leadership for all sizes of interior design projects

  • Strong knowledge of furniture, fixture and equipment, interior finishes, lighting, signage, color and materials

  • Thorough understanding of project work plans, schedules, staffing, and budgets, resulting in project profitably

  • Proven ability to create and maintain strong working relationships with external clients

  • Thorough knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines

  • Knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills including both verbal/presentation and written

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Be able to respond to changing demands

  • Strong leadership and team building skills with strong initiative

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Due to the nature of the work, US Citizenship is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field

  • Knowledge of Revit

  • NCIDQ certification

  • For Registered Architects, NCARB registration preferred

  • LEED accredited Professional with Sustainability and/or Wellness experience

  • Preferred proficiency in the following computer skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign graphic software

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.


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