Position Description

Interior Design Director - Workplace
Gensler Region Middle East
Job Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
ID 11456
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Gensler  Abu Dhabi & Dubai

Workplace Interior Design Director

For over 50 years, Gensler has been a pioneer in creating great places that enhance the quality of work and life. Today, Gensler has more than 5,000 professionals networked across 46 locations.

At Gensler, we design for people. We leverage our global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. We’re not just designers. We’re tinkerers, craftspeople, visionaries, innovators and thought leaders. Fueled by passion and entrepreneurial spirit, our people bring new ideas to solve challenging problems.  Whether you’re into sketching new ideas, hacking a building or growing client relationships in global markets, there’s something here for everyone.

Our depth of expertise spans disciplines—from aviation and transportation to education, hospitality, retail, technology and more. Whether we’re refreshing a retailer’s brand, planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, we strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient and more impactful

At our core we embody an entrepreneurial spirit, always looking ahead for new ways to innovate and add to our clients' success. Our work reflects a commitment to sustainability and the belief that design has the power to transform organizations and change lives. 

Your Role

As a Gensler Workplace Interior Design Director, you will lead a creative, collaborative interior design team dedicated to producing functionally beautiful spaces for clients. Use your unique design perspective to bring new approaches to design process and strategy, develop next-generation talent, and help our clients redefine what’s possible.

You will create and develop overall interior design concepts, formulate design presentation strategies, and provide creative leadership to the interiors team through a variety of project types.

What You Will Do

  • Lead the creative interiors efforts on client projects, developing overall design concepts and design presentation strategies
  • Lead interior design efforts that include programming client needs, conceptual design, schematic design, design development, space planning and construction documentation
  • Advise on the selection and presentation of furniture, furniture systems, fabrics, equipment (FF&E), color palettes, and lighting
  • Supervise the generation of finish plans, specifications, and material selections needed for construction
  • Provide design support and documentation during completion and execution of design concepts
  • Work with external consultants, product representatives, furniture dealers, and fabricators
  • Mentor and provide creative direction to interior design teams
  • Act as the primary interior design interface with clients and consultants
  • Collaborate with team members and colleagues to promote an inter-disciplinary design approach and philosophy
  • Participate in business development and marketing efforts

Your Qualifications

  • 10+ years’ professional experience
  • Advanced degree in Interior Design 
  • Experience creating and developing overall design concepts and formulating design presentation strategies
  • Outstanding graphic presentation skills
  • Proven track record of success in maintaining and growing client relationships
  • Strong, persuasive communicator with excellent verbal presentation skills and the ability to communicate complex design concepts to clients
  • International design experience a plus
  • A desire to mentor team members, offer guidance and leadership
  • Knowledge of furniture, finishes, materials, color selections, and specifications
  • Experience with Revit, SketchUp, AutoCad, Adobe Creative Suite and other relevant software

Life at Gensler

At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions and hackathons, to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our teams’ diverse interests.

We encourage our employees to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs and paid time off. We also offer profit sharing, employee stock ownership and twice annual bonus opportunities.

As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes.   We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.


To apply for this role, please submit your resume and relevant work samples. Submittals must include work samples for full consideration.

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