Senior Architect/DesignerSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Every building, no matter how large or small, is the result of a team of talented professionals working — often behind the scenes — to design and build it. One of the most important members of this team is the senior architect/designer. 

Senior architects/designers bring considerable experience to their roles. They lead many aspects of architectural projects, as well as oversee junior members of the design team. They wear many hats, often representing their firm or organization to clients and the public as needed. 

The role of senior architect/designer is typically a very busy one with many responsibilities. Leading a design team and playing an instrumental role in bringing ideas to life can be very rewarding. 

Sample job description

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for senior architect/designer is $130,900 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$130,200 $176,150 
Los Angeles, California$146,850 $198,700 
Denver, Colorado$122,400 $165,600 
Washington, DC$149,100 $201,750 
Miami, Florida$121,850 $164,850 
Orlando, Florida$112,400 $152,050 
Tampa, Florida$113,500 $153,550 
Atlanta, Georgia$119,050 $161,050
Chicago, Illinois$136,850$185,150 
Boston, Massachusetts$148,000 $200,200 
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$117,950 $159,550
New York City, New York$155,750$210,750 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$126,850$171,600 
Dallas, Texas$123,500 $167,100 
Houston, Texas$122,400 $165,600 
Seattle, Washington$142,450 $192,700 
National Average$111,250 $150,550

Sample interview questions

  • What is the role of a senior architect?
  • What skills are most important to a senior architect?
  • How do you delegate tasks among your team?
  • How do you deal with a difficult client?
  • What are some of your strengths? Your weaknesses?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What is the balance between design style and structure?
  • What was your biggest success as an architect?
  • How do you handle multiple tasks at the same time?
  • What is your leadership style?
  • How do you prioritize your work as an architect?
  • How do you ensure that a building is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations?

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