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Ken Sheehan
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E ksheehan@alliiance.us

Ken Sheehan
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E ksheehan@alliiance.us

Mamie Harvey
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E mharvey@alliiance.us

Tom Hysell
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E thysell@alliiance.us

Gretchen Koncan
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E gkoncan@alliiance.us

Eric Peterson
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E epeterson@alliiance.us

Ken Sheehan
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E ksheehan@alliiance.us

Carey Brendalen
P 612.874.4128
E cbrendalen@alliiance.us

Carey Brendalen
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E cbrendalen@alliiance.us

Stuart Stephens
P 612.874.4152
E sstephens@alliiance.us


DIRECT   612.874.4191
EMAIL     thysell@alliiance.us


You can also reach any one of our Principals directly via our employee directory.


Are you interested in considering career opportunities with us? Please feel free to contact Stuart. Alliiance is an AA/EOE employer.


DIRECT   612.874.4152
EMAIL     careers@alliiance.us

Architect / Project Architect
We are seeking creative, energetic team players who are passionate about design to grow our multi-studio practice. Candidates must be graduates of accredited architecture programs with 3-10 years of experience and licensure in process or completed. Professional growth opportunities are available in our aviation, academic, civic/cultural, lifestyle, and workplace studios. Strong communication skills and a sound working knowledge of architecture principles are essential.


Primary Roles and Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely, on a day-to-day basis, with the project designer, project manager, and other team members
  • Developing project documents during the design, bidding, and construction phases
  • Coordinating the drawing work of the design team
  • Coordinating the efforts of the specialized consultants
  • Communicating the project related issues and decisions to the client
  • Assisting with project presentations to the client and others as required
  • Meeting established project budgets and schedules
  • Implementing the project quality control measures
  • Coordinating with the construction team, on a day-to-day basis, during the construction phase of the project
  • Effectively utilizing technical software and graphic tools; with required proficiency in Revit, some knowledge of SketchUp and AutoCAD, and competence in Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • Participating in firm-sponsored training and professional development activities
  • Collaborating with team members and stakeholders through flexible work arrangements


Please submit cover letter and resume to Stuart Stephens at careers@alliiance.us.


Interior Designer
We are seeking a creative, energetic interior designer who is passionate about design to join our multi-studio practice. Candidate must be a graduate of an accredited interior design program with a minimum of 3 years of experience. NCIDQ certification desired. Professional growth opportunities are available in multiple practice areas.


Our interior designers work in conjunction with the project team; establishing design concepts and creatively solving functional, finish, and spatial project requirements. Interior designer involvement continues throughout the project duration to conceive and evolve the interior design. Strong communication skills and the effective use of graphic and visualization tools are essential. Participation in business development activities and design presentations in collaboration with other project leaders is likely.


The Interior Designer will have the day-to-day responsibility for the interior design aspects of the project including:

  • Communicate design issues and decisions related to the project
  • Participate in project presentations to the client and others as required
  • Work closely, on a day-to-day basis, with the design lead, senior interior designer, and other team members
  • Develop and document the programming and space planning requirements
  • Research, select, and integrate appropriate finish and material selections that comprise the overall design palette of the project
  • Research, select, and specify appropriate furniture, fixtures, and equipment for the project and assist the client with the procurement
  • Develop and review the interior design aspects of the project throughout all phases of the project
  • Meet established project budgets and schedules
  • Effectively utilize technical software and graphic tools with required proficiency in Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • Participate in firm-sponsored training and professional development activities
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders through flexible work arrangements


Please submit cover letter and resume to Stuart Stephens at careers@alliiance.us.


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
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders through flexible work arrangements


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


Please submit cover letter and resume to Stuart Stephens at careers@alliiance.us.


Marketing Coordinator
The Marketing Coordinator will work with, and report directly to, the Marketing Manager as well as working with the firm’s leadership. We are seeking a person with effective project time management skills and with strong organizational abilities who is detail orientated. Working independently as well as part of a team, this person should have excellent verbal and visual/graphic skills. Works independently in many situations. Understands our business and our messages.


Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Assists with, or leads preparation of, proposal materials including establishing production schedule, gathering, writing, editing, verifying, and formatting proposals
  • Ensures that schedules are met and that all the various aspects of the proposals (Technical Scope, Staff Qualification and Experience, Biographical Data, etc.) and other marketing materials are accurate and delivered in a timely manner
  • Assists with, or leads preparation of, graphics and hand-out materials for presentations and interviews
  • Performs market, client, and project research in support of strategic planning and positioning efforts
  • Prepares and produces sales, business development, and project pursuit support materials such as brochures, presentations, articles, etc.
  • Supports business development staff in administrative functions (e.g., meeting minutes, file maintenance, etc.)
  • Coordinates presence at events such as trade shows, conferences, conventions, etc.
  • Coordinates aspects of client events
  • Prepares and distributes press releases, branding literature, award submittals, surveys, and other public relations related materials
  • Works with the Marketing Manager on content development for social media
  • Updates marketing collateral, project profiles, and project database
  • Assists with project photography
  • Assists with firm PR needs
  • Performs additional assignments as requested by the Marketing Manager
  • Collaborates with team members and stakeholders through flexible work arrangements



  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional attitude
  • Exceptional graphic capabilities
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills (grammar, spelling, conciseness, etc.)
  • Attention to detail
  • Creative, results oriented
  • Ability to organize and design information and materials clearly and concisely
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and committed to the company and to the specific projects
  • Works well under pressure/deadlines
  • Works well in teaming/collaborative environments
  • Problem solver/solution seeker
  • Ability to juggle multiple assignments – and do each one well and in detail
  • Must be proficient in graphic design and layout programs: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.



  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, or a related field such as Communications, Journalism, English, Studio Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, or Interior Design
  • Minimum of two years of work experience in Marketing or a related field with demonstration of the required skills


Please submit cover letter and resume to Stuart Stephens at careers@alliiance.us.


Graphic Designer
We are seeking a highly skilled graphic designer to assist in visual communications. This position is an essential role in communicating the firm’s brand and commitment to design excellence, both internally and externally.


Strong visual design and typographic skills are required to create and execute creative solutions. Work will range from task-based opportunities to highly collaborative team efforts. Applicants must be passionate about design and clearly communicating ideas visually. The graphic designer will work with and report directly to the Marketing Manager as well as work with other key stakeholders. This person must have effective time management skills to produce original content in a variety of formats. The graphic designer must be able to work independently and with a team, enjoy a fast-paced work environment, and have the ability to take abstract ideas and communicate them clearly.


Basic Skills Required:

  • Strong graphic design and typographical skills
  • Ability to take projects from start to finish with minimal supervision
  • Ability to translate creative direction
  • Interpret and champion internal and client brand guidelines
  • Ability to create a variety of print, digital, and nontraditional creative solutions
  • Desire to collaborate in creative concepting, brainstorming, and idea exploration
  • Ability to develop ideas into concept, execution, and production based on creative direction
  • Excellent interpersonal skills



  • Support firmwide initiatives and graphic needs, including interview prep and presentations, proposal graphics, graphic standards, and other visual communication needs.
  • Create graphics for external communications, such as newsletters, press releases, social media, and website.
  • Interpret expertise and research into graphics and presentations for use in conference presentations, booth exhibits, brochures, etc.
  • Assist in graphic development of awards submissions.
  • Develop original content for project client presentations and infographics
  • Lead compilation of reports and other project related documents with team leaders.
  • Graphic design of signage, branding, and design elements
  • Understand and execute the Alliiance brand consistently and effectively
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders through flexible work arrangements



  • 4 year college degree and/or equivalent experience
  • 3-7 years professional related experience, preferably within architectural practice, although not required
  • A portfolio demonstrating excellence in graphic design, typography, and illustration of ideas and concepts into simple infographics
  • Effective visual and verbal presentation skills
  • Excellent relational intelligence with strong listening skills
  • Open to internal and client critique, feedback, and the ability to interpret design direction
  • Action oriented with ability to prioritize and drive results
  • A self-starter able to deal with change
  • Solid understanding of graphic design and layout programs including: Bluebeam, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Has an operational knowledge of font usage, file management, and print and digital production
  • A passion for storytelling and creating/overseeing engaging, dimensional experiences that will inspire and engage our stakeholders


When applying, please submit a resume and work examples to Stuart Stephens at careers@alliiance.us. Portfolio excerpts or electronic links to your most recent work experience are welcomed. Applicants without these will not be considered.