Design Associate

Architecture Engineering & Maintenance Full Time
  • Architecture
  • Engineering & Maintenance
  • Full Time
  • Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Attractive Salary AED / Month
  • Salary: Attractive Salary
  • 6-8 years of experience in real estate design & development.

Website Hill International

At Hill International, it is our mission to continue growing a global team of technical experts who consistently exceed expectations through collaboration with clients, suppliers, and stakeholders.

Design Associate


  • Support senior management in collaborating with clients to understand project and design requirements, ensuring alignment with Client’s business objectives.
  • Assist Manager Design in preparing design briefs and scopes of work for design consultantprocurement, supporting the consultant procurement process.
  • Coordinate with design consultants for on-time submittals, prepare project proposals, and trackdesign progress against contract payment stages.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with both internal and external teams to control the designdevelopment from concept to delivery stage.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams of designers and engineers through all stages of design,production, and delivery.
  • Collaborate with Design and Delivery teams for successful project delivery from design throughopening and closeout phases.
  • Ensure designs maintain a high level of quality, assessing alignment with project program andapproved plans.
  • Assess shop drawings for accuracy and ensure alignment with design intent.
  • Provide feedback regarding designs to align with approved direction and design intent.
  • Prepare and review design documentation across design stages from concept through to “issued forconstruction” (IFC).
  • Prepare design presentations, concept drawings, and visualizations to communicate design ideaseffectively.
  • Compile and provide reports to senior leadership on the status of design and implementation of theproject while in progress and up to completion.
  • Conduct site visits and surveys to gather information on project conditions, constraints, and trackproject progress.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders throughout the design and developmentprocess.
  • Coordinate with Design and Delivery teams to ensure Client’s brand consistency across the entire customer journey.
  • Collect development plans, permit application documents, environmental impact statements, and reclamation plans.
  • Stay abreast with the latest industry software, relevant codes, design trends, and solutions.
  • Participate regularly in professional development and training opportunities.
  • Efficiently gather and organize stakeholder feedback.
  • Assist in identifying and mitigating potential design risks.
  • Contribute to quality assurance processes for design deliverables.
  • Maintain accurate project documentation and archives.
  • Promote a positive and collaborative team environment.
  • Interact with leadership and stakeholders to understand requirements, provide updates, andaddress concerns.
  • Gain proficiency in design tools, software, and technologies used in projects


  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Urban
  • Planning, or related fields;
  • 6-8 years of experience in real estate design & development.
  • At least 4+ years in design consultancy across a range of projects in commercial, leisure, residential and hospitality projects, preferably within real estate development in the UAE/GCC region
  • Previous GCC or UAE experience is essential..
  • Exceptional design aesthetic sensibility, executed on various projects, including interiorarchitecture, wayfinding, signage, lighting design, and FF&E for mixed-use developments.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken English (Arabic preferred).
  • Strong presentation, interpersonal, and public speaking skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Applied financial acumen and attention to best value for investment within agreed budgets,ensuring cost-effective design solutions without compromising quality.
  • Experience working with diverse and cross-functional teams and design disciplines, fostering effective collaboration and integration of various stakeholders.
  • Results-driven mindset, consistently achieving project goals and driving success in design delivery.
  • Adaptability and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in relevant design software and tools, such as MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD,and 3D modeling (SketchUp or Revit).
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Adaptability and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
  • Strong team collaboration skills.
  • Commitment to ethical conduct and the company’s values and principles.
  • Capacity to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and development in the field of design.
  • Ability to act independently when necessary.

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