Senior Interior Designer
Miller Dyer Spears - Boston, MA
Preferred Years of Experience: 12+
Area of Focus: Higher education and research institutions, non-profit organizations, schools, agencies, developers, & communities

MDS/Miller Dyer Spears is expanding its team to support the many exciting opportunities in workplace strategy and design, as well as K-12 schools, higher education, and science and technology. We are seeking Senior Interior Designers and/or Architects with a passion for creating dynamic, forward-thinking environments and the aptitude to think strategically about industry trends.

Our ideal candidates are experienced individuals who are capable of leading programming, space planning and interior design. They are thought leaders, engaged in the current changing dynamics of how and where people work, learn, socialize, create, and discover. They will approach design excellence with a passion for creating beautiful, healthy environments that enrich user experiences. We are looking for people who know how to inspire their colleagues and will help to mentor emerging talent.

At MDS, we strive to create fully integrated teams with the participation of both architecture and interior design professionals. Our collaborative and collegial team approach reflects our values of design excellence and responsive client service and enables us to make long-term commitments to clients and projects.


Workplace Strategies

  • Prepare for and conduct client visioning sessions
  • Create and implement user surveys
  • Correlate and analyze response data
  • Present findings and make recommendations to clients
  • Maintain expertise on current workplace strategy trends
  • Provide thought leadership to clients and the industry
  • Help us apply these trends to the other project sectors such as education and Institutional.


  • Assess the space needs for clients
  • Document the space program

Space Planning

  • Prepare test fits and other space layout plans
  • Work with the client to build consensus on preferred plan


  • Work independently or as part of a team to formulate interior design concepts
  • Oversee the production of design imagery to represent design concepts
  • Oversee the selection of finishes consistent with interior design concept

Furniture Selection

  • Work independently or as part of a team to formulate a furniture concept
  • Maintain expertise in furniture systems, brands, and styles.
  • Develop furniture budgets
  • Oversee the creation of furniture specifications.
  • Oversee the process of reviewing bids, finding any discrepancies, and presenting data to the client.
  • Assist in furniture procurement through review of submittals


  • Responsible for the creating of entire or partial drawing sets relative to the size and scope of the project.
  • Oversee production support staff to ensure that documents are through and complete
  • Oversee the production of specifications including, but not limited to, finishes.
  • Provide knowledge of millwork and interior detailing to the project team.
  • Assist with LEED documentation on projects.

Business Development

  • Maintain a network of industry contacts
  • Assist in the promotion of the firm to potential clients


  • Assist in the procurement of future work through the creation of proposal material and by participating in interviews.


  • Oversee the professional development of emerging interior design talent.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a remote team setting
  • Experience leading client conversations
  • Ability to effectively convey design ideas
  • Through knowledge of building systems, materials, codes, and regulations
  • Skills in managing design through digital design technology (Revit, SketchUp, rendering).
  • Proficient hands-on skills with digital design technology.
  • Proficient with spreadsheets and polling software. Experience with Power BI or Tableau is desirable.


  • 12+ years of experience in architecture or interior design
  • Degree in interior design or professional degree in architecture
  • Registered Architect or NCIDQ certified interior designer.
  • LEED and/or Well accredited professional

MDS/Miller Dyer Spears is a Women Business Enterprise, Equal Opportunity Employer, and values diversity in our workplace. We foster an open, collaborative environment where everyone can do their best work and grow as a professional. We encourage the sharing of ideas, professional development, and mentoring, and believe everyone brings unique skills and experiences that enhance our firm culture and design approach.

MDS is based in Downtown Boston. We work with higher education and research institutions, non-profit organizations, schools, agencies, developers, and communities. We design a broad range of project types that provide opportunities for innovation, learning, creativity, sustainability, and wellness. We are proud of the long-standing relationships we have developed with our clients, many of whom we have served for decades.


Please e-mail your cover letter, resume and portfolio samples in PDF format to Ms. O’Rourke, at [email protected]. Only applicants with the above qualifications will be considered for the position. Salary will be commensurate with experience. No agencies or phone calls please.

POSTED: 8/31/2021