Carrier Johnson Is a design-centric architectural, interior design, and strategic branding practice, focused on creating individualized design solutions for higher education, public buildings, corporate workplace environments, advanced technology + life science clientele, multi-family residential developments, and mixed-use compositions, including hospitality uses.

Established in 1977, the firm maintains headquarters offices in San Diego, with branch outlets in the City of Los Angeles, California, New York and Seattle.

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE approaches design through exploration of the authentic connections between design opportunity and existing environmental context – this includes: social, physical, historical, & aesthetic influences– this exploration is in an attempt to reveal opportunities within a real framework. A balance is sought between aesthetic, experiential, and functional qualities, serving to define a project’s individuality and unique expression.

The Interior Designer develops project design criteria for various building and design types. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree, an Architect license, and 8-12 years’ experience. The Interior Designer executes the interior design process within the overall framework of the project team, following a systematic and coordinated methodology which includes research, analysis, and integration of information into the creative process, resulting in an appropriately planned and designed interior environment. He or she relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals and performs a variety of tasks. The position may lead and direct the work of others, typically reporting to a manager or head of department. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Requirements for the position include the following:

  • Ability to develop design concepts, produce contract documents, and interpret client needs
  • Familiarity with design principles, building code requirements, and contract preparation and negotiation
  • Strong organizational, communication, and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with a variety of field’s concepts, practices, and procedures

Responsibilities for the position include the following:

  • Analyzing clients’ needs, goals, and life and safety requirement
  • Integrating findings with knowledge of interior design
  • Formulating preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional, and aesthetic
  • Conceptual design and design development of interior projects
  • Selection of interior finishes, furniture and equipment
  • Developing final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media
  • Production of space plans, furniture plans, elevations, conceptual and finished design presentation documentation
  • Incorporating applicable building code and ADA code compliance regulations
  • Providing solutions to design problems and generating design alternatives
  • Reviewing drawings, mock ups, materials, and finish samples submitted by project contractor
  • Reviewing pricing, materials, and value engineering for projects
  • Adhering to project time and material budget
  • Delivering the highest quality of professional service

Specifically, the Interior Designer is capable of performing any or all of the following services under the guidance of a Project Manager and Design Director:


  • Identifying and analyzing the client’s needs and goals
  • Evaluating existing documentation and conditions
  • Assessing project resources and limitations
  • Identifying life, safety, and code requirements
  • Analyzing design objectives and spatial requirements
  • Coordinating with consultants and other specialists when required by professional practice or regulatory approval

Conceptual Design:

  • Formulating preliminary plans and design concepts for client discussion and approval that appropriately describe the character, function, and aesthetic of a project

Design Development:

  • Developing for client review and approval final design recommendations, inclusive of space planning and furniture layouts; wall, window, floor, and ceiling treatments; furniture, fixtures, and millwork; colors, finishes, and materials; hardware, lighting, electrical, and communications requirements
  • Developing art, accessory, and signage wayfinding programs
  • Preparing presentation media inclusive of drawings, sketches and color, material and furniture presentation boards

Contract Documents:

  • Preparing working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment for client’s approval
  • Collaborating with specialty consultants and licensed practitioners in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required by professional practice or regulatory approval
  • Preparing bid documentation

Contract Administration:

  • Assisting in obtaining required permits
  • Conducting on–site visits and field inspections
  • Overseeing the installation of furnishings, fixtures, and equipment on clients’ behalf
  • Preparing lists of deficiencies for client’s use



To be considered, please send a cover letter, resume and work samples to