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Apply Now Job ID 745410BR Location Chiba, Japan Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted 01/31/2020

Job Summary:

The WDI Japan Architect Provides architectural/facility support to the WDI Japan team and Third Party Owner/Operators, in collaboration with the Creative Lead/Art Director for design and implementation of assigned projects. Supports implementation of design intent and ensures that it is achieved by successfully integrating facility design with allied disciplines and components of the development. As a Brand Steward, establishes show quality assurance and reviews of facility design and implementation packages.

The position is a contract position with expected end date, August 2021.


• Interface and communicate with the Third Party Owner/Operator for design and implementation aspects of assigned projects.
• Interface and communicate with the Art Director and/or Creative Lead for design and implementation, working toward the Creative Vision.
• Confirm scope details in preparation for reviews of all architectural documents.
• Responsible for coordinating and communicating Architectural design issues within the project team.
• Supports implementation of project goals/objectives through problem-solving and development of design solutions.
• Provide support for design and implementation of facility design efforts and facility rehabs.
• Oversees work at all stages of assigned projects from concept, feasibility or schematic design through the preparation of construction documentation in accordance with established design intent and show quality standards.
• Review/approval of Third Party drawing packages through all phases, per the approved Design Intent.
• Review and approval of construction details, plans/sections/elevations, specifications, mock-ups and general project coordination.
• Ensure that the design intent is achieved by ensuring the integration of facility design with allied disciplines and components of the development such as: infrastructure, area development, grading/drainage, lighting, graphics, structural and MEP engineering, etc.
• May provide design for Interiors and Thematic Show Elements in support of the Facility Design.
• Demonstrates thoughtful design, artistic skills and professional judgment in solving complex problems.
• May provide technical guidance to one or more designers in the production of contract/construction documents, under the direction of the Art Director/Creative Lead.
• Works in support of the creative team in communicating and delivering visuals that illuminate and explain the content of thematic architecture.
• Ability to iterate designs (including Facility, Interior and Show Design) quickly and to explore various options, and has a grasp on the practical aspects of design.
• Supports mock-up and staging efforts as required.
• Reports on design and implementation progress to Art Director/Creative Lead and WDIJ Director.
• Assists the team and/or Director with Executive Presentation materials/content.
• Keeps server organized, allowing for team access with the ability to navigate effectively.

Basic Qualifications:

• Working knowledge and experience in the use of building materials and products for thematic applications
• Knowledge of architecture design and construction techniques
• Basic knowledge of related areas, including land planning, civil engineering, area development, lighting, graphic design etc.
Diverse ability to visually communicate Facility, Interior and Show Design solutions.
• Excellence in managing relationships with external partners, collaboration and interpersonal skills • Ability to work within scope, schedule and budget.
• Computer proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet
• Proficiency in Research tools
• Ability to organize multiple layers of documentation
• Strong sense of ownership, flexibility and integrity
• High level of motivation; strong self-starter and strong problem–solving ability in a fast-paced environment
• Excellent Bi-lingual (Japanese/English) written and verbal communication skills
• Organized, thorough and detail oriented; ability to prioritize
• Ability to negotiate and coordinate through conflict and problem-solve issues to resolution
• Knowledge of WDI Disciplines and how they interrelate
• Proven ability to organize and communicate project development process and documentation
• Ability to take direction, adapt to change, establish relationships, and work in a team environment
• Knowledge of creative process and deliverables

Preferred Qualifications:

• Three or more years of experience in architecture/design practice.
• Two or more years of Thematic architecture/design practice.
• Construction phase experience including the submittal/shop drawing review process and on-site field inspections.
• Interior Design and Show Design experience.

Required Education

• A BA/BArch degree from an accredited program
• Interior Design education is desirable
• Licensed Architect

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Imagineering Japan, Ltd., which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

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