Studio Director, Denver


Austin, Texas

Full time

$125-175k (annually)


Jan 26

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StoryBuilt is a leading urban residential and commercial community developer headquartered in Austin, Texas, and building in Austin, Dallas, Denver, and Seattle. As an urban infill developer, we are exclusively focused on developing communities in thriving neighborhoods surrounding major downtowns. Our vertically integrated approach to development is at the heart of our success, with in-house expertise, including civil engineering, architecture, construction management, sales, customer service, and property management, driving our innovative approach to design and construction.  Our in-house design team is located in Austin, Texas, and designs the majority of StoryBuilt projects across the country. Projects range from several single-family homes, to 10+ acre master planned communities, that can include commercial buildings, condominiums, apartments, townhomes, hotels, etc. The StoryBuilt team considers all urban typologies on our projects and strategically designs complete communities to provide not only in demand housing and commercial buildings, but thoughtful urban spaces to help these communities thrive.

At Storybuilt, our project teams are similar to those in the greater construction industry, with the primary difference being that most of our team members are in-house. Our development team, led by Development Managers, acts as our internal “client” for all SB projects, in all four of our markets. The Studio Director, Denver, works in our Austin design studio, and exclusively collaborates with the Development Managers and Division President located in our Denver office, to ensure that the projects are being executed successfully. The Studio Director provides management leadership throughout the life cycle of market projects and is focused on a specific market where we build, with the goal of forming a strong rapport with all stakeholders in that market. As the market’s pipeline of work grows, markets may require additional Studio Directors to manage the work. This role reports to the Senior Vice Presidents of Architecture and Design.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Management: SB Design Team Professional Development

·        Oversee bi-annual reviews of your direct reports, which will consist of the project architects and staff architects working on projects in your market

·        Meet with your direct reports routinely to assure they understand the expectations of their roles and are being given opportunities to learn and develop

·        Provide an environment that fosters individual and professional growth through mentoring and coaching

·        Assist Senior VP’s with hiring

Management: SB Projects in Denver

·        Act as the architecture leader for projects in the Denver market

·        Retain and share expertise on the local market, including local codes, permitting requirements, design history and trends, neighborhood culture/identity, comps and competitors, etc.

·        Share local knowledge on to project teams as they cycle through projects in different markets.

·        Maintain design team schedules for Denver projects

·        Communicate project progress regularly with Denver Division President and development leaders

·        Manage project staffing and design fee structures for Denver projects, and oversee project reporting as required by investment partners

·        Provide regular reports to Senior VP’s about project status, including updates on design, budget, schedule, key risks, etc.

·        Develop and maintain relationships with all consultants in Denver market

·        Lead project communication with municipalities (neighborhood groups, city workers, etc.)

·        Collaborate with internal legal team to adjust and redefine all consultant contract templates as needed

·        Write consultant RFP’s, review and negotiate contracts

Design: Land Planning

·        Collaborate with Principals and Design Directors to establish land plan for project:

o   Studio Director will be involved during land acquisitions to take first passes and project yield and land plan iterations on some projects

o   Studio Director will help establish project goals for each project in a market.

·        Collaborate with civil engineers and acquisitions teams to gain full understanding of the land challenges, entitlements, zoning, and/or other factors that will affect project land plan

Design: Projects

·        Collaborate with Principals and Design Directors to conceptualize project design:

·        Manage project data spreadsheets to meet development team’s projected program for project areas and typologies

·        Assist Design Directors as they lead iterative design exercises, to prove out project’s adherence to development team’s proforma and project goals

·        Provide design guidance and critique throughout design of projects in the Denver market

·        Provide day-to-day project leadership through all phases of the work and be present and a lead voice in regular internal working sessions, OACs and consultant coordination meetings as necessary. Travel to Denver market will be required, and we foresee this as a 2-4 day business trip, monthly. The team will adjust this frequency as required.

Design: Quality Control

·        Collaborate with design team directors to establish all standard operating procedures and design standards

·        Review project documentation for adherence to design standards and best practices in building design with the assistance of the Technical Director

·        Oversee execution of drawing sets for technical quality and completeness

·        Manage the development of ongoing resources for design employees, included but not limited to BIM templates, Sketchup templates, etc.


·        Bachelor (5 yr.) or Master Degree in Architecture.

·        Architectural license is preferred, but not required.

·        Knowledge of the Denver design and construction industry is highly preferred.

·        10+ years working in an architectural office, with the following experience:

·        Understanding zoning, entitlements and land planning

·        Permitting buildings

·        Putting together construction documents for multiple large-scale buildings

·        Building strong relationships with clients

·        Building strong relationships with consultants

·        Writing contracts

·        Researching code

·        6+ years of construction observation

·        6+ years experience in mixed-use and/or multi-family drawing production and construction administration is preferred

·        2+ years in management position, managing schedules and budgets as well as more junior team members

·        Software: Knowledge of Revit, AutoCAD and Adobe Suite. Knowledge of Sketchup and Enscape is preferred but not necessary

·        Located in Austin, Texas. This is not a remote-working position.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time salaried position. We also provide full health benefits as well as retirement savings options, along with highly competitive vacation and paternity/maternity leave packages.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by a candidate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. A detailed job description may be obtained from the hiring manager. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Due to Covid, as of January 2022, our team is working both remotely and in the office. We are open to candidates who live outside of Austin, TX. However, they will be required to relocate to Austin within 1-2 months of beginning position, so our team can work together in Austin as soon as we all feel comfortable, dependent on Covid rates in the community, etc. 

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