Design Lead

Location: McLean, VA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

 MG2 is looking for a Design Lead for our Commercial Studio in our Washington, DC office.

MG2 partners with businesses around the world to create transformative experiences through our architectural services, planning, interior design, brand strategy, and consulting services. MG2 is consistently ranked among the largest architecture firms in the nation and among the top retail design firms in the world. MG2 serves clients around the globe from four offices: Seattle, WA; Irvine, CA; Washington, DC and Shanghai.

Our DC Office is very excited to expand our Commercial studio practice and this role will play a key part in it. We are looking for a designer with relevant market experience to lead design within the studio and collaborate with design leaders in our other offices. The ability to build relationships with Commercial clients on behalf of MG2 and help us grow our business is desirable. This is an entrepreneurial opportunity and a chance to grow and shape a studio team.


  • Act as a Lead Designer for our Commercial Studio
  • Responsible for the overall design quality, implementation, and delivery of each project
  • Participate in the development of project design fees
  • Develop project design intent and goals for successful implementation
  • Guide and manage project design team and activities, including consultants. Monitor budget and schedule
  • Lead design presentations to clients and government authorities
  • Work closely with Commercial Market Lead to develop new business and manage existing clients.
  • Candidate should be available for domestic and international travel
  • Mentor junior designers


  • Bachelors/Masters in Architecture
  • Architectural licensure is preferred
  • 10+ years of architectural design experience
  • Experienced with relevant trends and new technologies
  • Strong conceptual and schematic design skills
  • Strong verbal presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience in retail, mixed-use, hospitality and residential.

At MG2 we work hard, but we also know the importance of having some fun while doing what we do best.  We have a number of social activities, opportunities for community involvement, as well as training and professional development resources. We meet every other Friday over breakfast to celebrate new employees, project milestones, and employee anniversaries (many of our colleagues have been here a long time!)

It’s also important that our employees lead a balanced and healthy life. To support this, MG2 offers flexible hours, a telecommuting policy, comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, 401(k) (including company match), and paid time off.  Additionally, to help support and encourage employee development, the firm provides reimbursement for first architectural licensure, NCDIQ, and LEED certification fees.

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