Regional Design Practice Lead

MG2 is seeking a talented Regional Design Practice Lead to join our Irvine office! 

At MG2, we value our employees with great benefits and worthwhile programs. We are proud of the many initiatives at MG2 such as our focus on Sustainability, our passion for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and our fifty-year anniversary celebration. We promote MG2 culture firmwide and within each of our offices through bi-weekly all-office meals, monthly recognition, happy hours, summer events, and an end of year Holiday Party to celebrate our accomplishments. People make the place at MG2 – Join our growing firm today!

Role Introduction 

As our Regional Design Practice Leader, you will be responsible for MG2’s regional business operations. You will lead the office on day-to-day operations including recruiting, training, and managing staff members in alignment with strategic goals and initiatives determined by Market Leadership. As a part of the Design Practice leadership, you will develop teams for high project performance in the market sectors strategically assigned to the office / region. You will have the opportunity to leverage and engage with Market Leaders, other Managing Partners/Principals, and the marketing team as required to set strategy, manage proposals and pursuit processes to ensure the team will maximize the success of each opportunity for the growth of the office. To thrive, you must provide strong leadership and oversight for the financial success of the Irvine MG2 Office and the expansion of MG2 in the Regional Market.

What your day will look like:

1.    Design Practice Leadership 

  • Works with the Executive Team to create an agile and successful leadership team for the office, including a succession plan.
  • Is responsible for design excellence and delivery results of the projects performed in the regional office. Guides office design practices to achieve this outcome.
  • Develops, implements, and controls best practices related to delivery of the work.
  • Elevates the influence of design leadership and technical expertise for the Design Practice.
  • Leads, mentors, and grows project managers and project staff.
  • Develops respect and a strong working relationship with all employees in the office.
  • Responsible for working with HR on recruiting and develop professional growth plan of all employees in the office.

2.    Cross-Market Approach

  • Facilitates firm wide market leadership communication and alignment. 
  • Actively navigates the intersection of responsibilities between market leaders and managing Principals by collaborating with market partners in the firm in a supportive and constructive way. 
  • Develops the long-term strategy for the office in collaboration with the Executive Team and Market Leaders, and identifies opportunities for strategic acquisitions, talent recruitment, etc. 
  • Is a strong directive voice in the leadership of the markets assigned to the office on behalf of MG2. 
  • Serves as firm ambassador for executing the vision of MG2 in the regional office.
  • Effectively contributes to a cooperative, trusting, and collaborative leadership team.

3.    Regional Growth 

  • Provides professional leadership and cultural identity to the firm and its expression in a regional office.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of best practices for business development and design services for the office. Final authority for all PSE decisions for pursuits assigned to be led from the office.
  • Entrepreneurial and active in efforts at all levels of business development opportunities.
  • Develops and expands current client opportunities and relationships; establishes new relationships with prospective clients on behalf of MG2.

4.    Financial Performance 

  • Responsible for project financial performance and results of the projects performed in the regional office.
  • Sets performance expectations with direct involvement in project/client pursuits and client management.
  • Provides final approval on any proposals, contracts, projects, competitions, or hiring required for the office. 
  • Owns risk management for the office by demonstrating strong understanding of contractual risks and successfully negotiating for the firm’s interests.
  • Manages the expense spending for the marketing and business development budgets for the office, in alignment with the annual budget.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Minimum of 15 years prior work experience within a related field  
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Planning, or related field
  • Licensed or certified professional  
  • Sustainability accreditations preferred 
  • Established as a firm wide and external business community leader
  • Demonstrated focus on effectively leading and advocating for others
  • Demonstrated project leadership
  • Proven ownership of client or account acquisition and leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Proven ability to balance business performance with architectural delivery
  • Demonstrated business leadership expertise in architectural practice, account, and market
  • Active involvement with one or more external community or professional organizations
  • Exhibits MG2 Practice Values of Integrated Approach, Design Excellence, Social Responsibility, Leadership, and Results.

MG2 Benefits & Salary

MG2 offers competitive benefits that support our employees in their life and career. This position is eligible for company benefits including but not limited to:

  • Employer provided employee healthcare plan and reduced cost premium plans, life insurance, and short and long-term disability coverage
  • Paid Time Off, 9 paid Holidays, and an additional Floating Holiday
  • Employer sponsored Family Planning Program and employer Paid Parental Leave
  • Learning & Career Development opportunities
  • Employee Wellness and Employee Assistance Program
  • Participation in a 401K program including eligible company match percentage, after waiting period

…and many other additional voluntary benefits!

National Salary Ranges: 

  • Principal (Minimum 20 years of Architecture experience, domestic experience preferred): $150,000 – $190,000  

If position is eligible for remote status, ranges may be adjusted. Acknowledging the time employees typically spend in the role, compensation is dependent on applicable years of experience and skillset.  


About MG2

Continually recognized as one of the “Best 100 Companies to Work For” by Business Magazine, MG2 has been delivering award-winning projects for over 50 years. We partner with some of the world’s most recognizable companies and brands to bring exceptional design solutions to life through full architectural, strategic planning, interior design, brand strategy, and program consulting services. At MG2 our greatest strength lies in our people, our partnerships, and our commitment to helping them succeed. We seek world-class talent to deliver integrated, tailored solutions that advance our clients’ enterprise and provide our staff with outstanding career growth experiences that elevate these opportunities.

MG2 whole-heartedly embraces diversity, actively seek out Diverse talent that enrichens our work and our culture. Our differences, unique perspectives, and elevation of every voice and idea not only makes us stronger but are absolutely essential to designing and building truly inclusive and equitable experiences and spaces for everyone.