Design Researcher

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 04, 2021
Aug 21, 2021
Position Type
UX / Design Researcher
Full Time
Organization Type
Design Researcher

Alliiance is committed to rigorous research that informs exceptional design. We believe design research carefully investigates human experiences and behavior, sparking insight, and inspiring teams and clients to address people's needs through bold, effective design.

We approach each project as an opportunity to create an environment that improves the lives of our clients and their communities. As planners, architects, and interior designers, we provide integrated services that include feasibility studies, programming, research, campus planning, building and interior design, brand integration, and change leadership services. We are committed to an energetic, data-informed process where design elevates and enriches people's lives.


We are looking for someone who is passionate about data driven research methodologies and knowledgeable in the design process. As a Design Researcher, you will be responsible to lead research projects by defining project objectives, timelines, and deliverables to ensure innovative insights that support our clients' unique organizational and business challenges. We are flexible and will tailor this position for the most qualified candidate.

  • Demonstrate strategic thinking, alongside exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to adapt research concepts and theories across all practice groups and influence change through informed design
  • Ability to identify potential research topics, develop new techniques and technologies for data collection, effectively interpret and disseminate findings, and apply conclusions to current design projects
  • Develop and issue survey tools, extract data reports
  • Translate complex data into clear and concise graphics
  • Lead pre-and post-occupancy evaluations to support various research interests of the practice groups and clients
  • Evaluate published research, distill themes, synthesize findings with accessible summaries and key data points
  • Effectively conduct observational research at client facilities
  • Analyze and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data to identify corollaries
  • Prepare abstracts and manuscripts for conference presentations and publications
  • Present research concepts internally, to clients, and at national conferences
  • Ability to be nimble, work across several different projects concurrently
  • Effective team-orientated collaborator with a creative and analytical approach
  • Curious problem-solver with a proven track record of applying insights and delivering results
  • Self-starter, self-accountable, and action-orientated

Required Experience
  • Graduate level education in Architecture, Interior Design, or other related design fields with an emphasis in environmental design research
  • Experience leading and conducting research studies
  • Proficiency with Qualtrics and Microsoft products such as Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC)
  • Ability to conduct advanced statistical analysis with R, PowerBI, or SPSS
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Bachelor' s degree in a related field such as sociology, human factors, anthropology, or cognitive psychology

Alliiance is a 100+-person team of open and energetic, planners, architects, and interior designers dedicated to "uniting people and place through design". We offer flexible work arrangements.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Stuart Stephens at . Alliiance is an AA/EOE Employer. . Thank you in advance for your interest!