Architectural Design Specialist

Posted 2 weeks ago
New York
Market: NY - New York
Industry Segment: Luxury Fashion
Category: Store Design
Seniority: Associate
Job Type: Full time

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Architectural Design Specialist
New York
Luxury Fashion
Full time
Posted 2 weeks ago

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Job Description

About the Job

CHANEL is looking for an Architectural Design Specialist to join the Global Boutique Architecture Team (BAT) in New York. You will play a leading role a growing team of architects that oversee and drive the design and development of CHANEL fashion boutiques and other projects worldwide. You will work closely with both the Group Director and Head of Global Boutique Architecture in building global in-house design and development capabilities. Our ideal candidates are recent graduates or those with several years of experience with a passion to grow their role as an architect within the luxury retail industry.

What impact you can create at CHANEL

  • Help build Global Boutique Architecture Team with in-house design and development capabilities that support the company and the regional teams
  • Drive the design and development of special projects including unique architectural/interior design projects, offices and other types of facilities projects, and sustainability initiatives
  • Responsibilities include coordinating with design architects, liaising with internal stakeholders, reviewing designs, and managing schedules
  • Bring regional teams closer together by helping develop, maintain, and communicate standards, frameworks, methodologies, and guidelines to be shared with regional teams and other key internal stakeholders, thus ensuring projects are managed efficiently and consistently across regions
  • Support the Group Director for coordination of BAT calls and Global BAT meetings, working on the scheduling and logistics of virtual and/or physical meetings with the entire BAT community (around 50-60 people) but also on the agenda of each session, the communication, and interactions with participants as well as the facilitation of some discussions
  • Support the coordination of the partnership with Peter Marino Architect (PMA) in line with merchandising/commercial, image and business priorities, tracking and communicating new and changing Pma design elements and maintaining PMA design elements within a central source
  • Assist the Group Director in preparing and delivering project presentations and updates to senior executives
  • Coordinate with Regional architecture teams with ad hoc project management and/or design support as needed

You are energized by

  • Passion to help drive the design and development of CHANEL boutiques, bringing architecture and design expertise to the team within the retail luxury industry
  • New ideas that can improve the way we work globally across regions and partners
  • Bridging fashion and art together with architecture
  • Working in a highly collaborative environment with various stakeholders and regional teams
  • Navigating complexity and supporting consistent transformation and change
  • Collaborating with passionate teammates
  • Continued growth as an architect with coaching and developing support
  • Have a passion for sustainability, innovation, and circular design, and other initiatives being developed for Global Store Design
  • Developing and maintaining information and databases that bring regional and global teams closer together with a “single source of truth”

What you will bring to the team

  • University degree, a professional degree (B.Arch/M.Arch) in architecture preferred
  • Licensed Architect or architecture license in progress
  • Several years of experience (2+ years) in esteemed design practice or luxury retail preferred
  • Ability to develop design options for internal reviews and client presentations, have good understanding on detailed design and interest in bringing concept to construction reality
  • Strong visualization rendering, drawing, and graphic skills, and a good eye for aesthetics
  • Strong communicators both in written, speaking, and aesthetics.
  • Ongoing professional credentials such as LEED AP or similar
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Proactive and hardworking, with a no-task-too-small attitude
  • Ability to effectively communicate and share concepts/design intent
  • Must have strong professional proficiency in 3D Modelling (Revit/BIM, Sketchup, Rhino, etc), AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong drawing/drafting experience on Cad or Revit
  • Ability to develop influential and collaborative relationships across teams and functions
  • Collaborative mindset, self-motivated and flexible in a fast changing environment across different time zones
  • This role is expected to have occasional domestic and international travel

What you will learn

  • Growth as architect within retail luxury industry
  • Insight and exposure into top-level design and collaboration
  • Exposure and visibility into business practices and boutiques across different regions

The anticipated base salary range for this position is $55,700 through $88,780. Base salary is one component of the total compensation for this position. Other components [may/will] include additional compensation, benefits and perks.

Chanel is a private company whose values are grounded in creating the conditions for people to perform at their best and feel fulfilled and confident in their work. We offer a unique work environment where individuals are encouraged to better understand the brand, the business, and motivations, so that together we can unlock the possibilities of growth. This is reflected in:

Diversity and Inclusion

  • At CHANEL, we are intentional in promoting Diversity & Inclusion. We foster respect, empathy and dignity for all. We believe strongly that the diversity of our people across the full spectrum of human differences is essential to our organisation and the connections we have with each other and our clients.
  • We offer Employee Resource Groups in the US that are voluntary, open to all, employee-led groups formed around a shared identity or lived experience, whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community aligned with the values and missions of the communities they support.

Chanel Community

  • CHANEL Community empowers our employees to channel their passions, talents and sense of purpose to contribute to and learn from our communities.
  • Employees are encouraged to take time off annually to volunteer through CHANEL Community. CHANEL also matches employee donations to select charitable organizations.


  • CHANEL Mission 1.5° is our climate action plan. It is focused on transforming the business in line with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement on climate change to limit the average global mean temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
  • Employees are encouraged to contribute to our US Sustainability efforts at the corporate level and within the divisions, through organized taskforces and initiatives.

Arts and Culture

  • We are committed to extending our legacy of cultural engagement. Global support includes the CHANEL Culture Fund, which supports a select group of leading art culture institutions across the globe, and the CHANEL Next Prize for the next generation of creative talent. US support currently includes Annual sponsorship of the MOMA film program, Tribeca Film Festival programs and Through Her Lens, Support of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women and Sponsorship of the BAAND Together Dance Festival at Lincoln Center.

Career and Leadership Development:

  • We have dedicated in-house teams focused on supporting the onboarding of employees, developing leadership skills via custom programs like Imagine Chanel People, Heart of Leadership and group and individual coaching, and blended online and live classes offered on our Bloom platform and by skilled trainers, such as Shape Your Career, to develop career building skills.


  • Base salary, bonus potential and other forms of variable pay [may/will be] offered for this position

Benefits and Perks

  • Flexibility (flexible time and hybrid work options)
  • Wellbeing resources include dedicated paid time off for wellbeing (2-week August Office Closure and Wellbeing Days in Retail) and a Wellbeing fund
  • Family and care giving benefits (inclusive of parental leave, fertility support, MilkStork, and Care.com Membership)
  • Generous paid time off policies to include vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer days
  • 401K, pension and other incentives
  • Robust healthcare offerings; medical, dental, vision, MDLIVE (virtual care), One Medical, Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care & Dependent Care), Health Savings Account and Employee Assistance Program
  • Life insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Health Advocate, International Business Travel Accident & Medical, and Commuter Transit & Parking

About Chanel

CHANEL is a private company and a world leader in creating, developing, manufacturing and distributing luxury products.

Founded by Gabrielle Chanel at the beginning of the last century, CHANEL offers a broad range of high-end creations, including Ready-to-Wear, Leather Goods, Fashion Accessories, Eyewear, Fragrances, Makeup, Skincare, Jewelry and Watches. CHANEL is also renowned for its Haute Couture collections, presented twice yearly in Paris, and for having acquired a large number of specialized suppliers, collectively known as the Métiers d’Art. CHANEL is dedicated to ultimate luxury and to the highest level of craftsmanship.

It is a brand whose core values remain historically grounded on exceptional creation. As such, CHANEL promotes culture, art, creativity and “savoir-faire” throughout the world, and invests significantly in people, R&D and innovation.

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