Materials Coordinator - Interiors at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Posted in Art 11 days ago.

Type: Part-Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global firm. We value those who are passionate about excellence, innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things.

Success at SOM Means

  • Ideas: We believe in a meritocracy of ideas. We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the firm.

  • Knowledge: We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning. We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.

  • Product: We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.

  • Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work. Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the firm.

  • Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration. A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.

  • Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.

Position Overview

Working within the Interiors studio, the primary responsibility for this position is the investigation and selection of finish materials for architectural and interior projects, liaison to manufacturers and suppliers, as well as curation and organization of the firm resource library.

Position Responsibilities

  • Collaborate as project team member responsible for material palette development and finish material selection, documentation and specification of architectural and interior finish materials, furniture, art, etc. including developing of custom or specialty finishes and products

  • Support the application and specification for proposed material and product selections by investigation and collection and dissemination of related data, samples and documentation to project team members.

  • Liaise with manufacturers, suppliers and artisans of interior and architectural materials

  • Provide initial evaluation of products and materials for aesthetic and functional consideration to include in the library and on firm projects

  • Coordinate vendor/product presentations and educational sessions for the Interiors Studio

  • Coordinate management of material resource center to maintain organization, filing and storage of manufacturer’s product samples and information for access and use by office staff

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in fine art, textile design, interior design or related field

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in an architectural or design firm preferred

  • Working knowledge of basic characteristics and applied use of architectural and interior materials including glass, stone, wood, metal and textiles

  • Proven organizational skills required

  • Strong relationship building and presentation ability required

  • Proficiency in Adobe products

  • LEED accreditation a plus

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline:

For more about SOM:

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.

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