GBBN Architects, Inc.
  • Administrative
  • Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Full Time

People are our most valuable asset. Our comprehensive rewards program includes: market leading base pay, 401k and profit sharing, bonus opportunities, customizable healthcare plans, onsite wellness coaching, career planning and flex-time. We are consistently recognized as a Top Workplace by Enquirer Media and are recipients of ERChealth's Culture of Excellence Award.

This position can be located in either our Cincinnati Ohio, Louisville KY and Minneapolis MN offices.

"Imagine if...?"

Imagine if you could spend every day working with people who ask and answer this question.

At GBBN, our joy comes from letting ideas run freely, unleashing creativity to the fullest, and delivering results in ways clients never thought possible. We do it all in a spirited, collaborative environment that values innovation, respects the work/life balance, and celebrates the diversity of our global family.

Research is a critical component of the GBBN process, this is where we bring together ideas and perspectives from a variety of viewpoints to create powerful insights that drive the creative process. For us, architecture goes beyond buildings, because positively affecting people is the most important thing we do. We believe there is nothing worse than an elegant solution to the wrong problem. We want to be on the front lines of identifying trends, understanding people and creating spaces that support human connection. We believe that developing a research-based culture is fundamental to our future success and a requirement to identifying the right problem to be solved with each project.

As the Director of Research, you'll partner with GBBN Leadership to grow and develop research capabilities and experience across the firm. You will work with a diverse team to develop strategies and methodologies specific to projects and research objectives, identifying the right problem and driving appropriate solutions.

We're looking for a someone who is passionate about the human experience and the interaction between space and human behavior. A curious, life-long learner who finds opportunities in challenges, a cross-disciplinary thinker, a bridge between insights and designs.

Imagine if this was you.

What you'll be doing:

Thought Leadership:

  • Identify key topics to advance on behalf of GBBN
  • Lead strategic research and develop initiatives that impact our markets
  • Advance social design research to improve our understanding of the interrelationships between people, organizations, and their built and natural surroundings
  • Present research externally to organizations and societies to establish GBBN reputation

Project Research:

  • Deliver strategies and methodologies to solve client challenges
  • Participate in multi-functional programming exercises with clients and internal partners to solve client needs.
  • Identify relationships between social settings, individuals and organizations and how they can influence the project challenge
  • Interpret results and analyze or facilitate the analysis of data to drive action in the work


  • Develop a strong research team and deliver against performance metrics
  • Organize and lead teams through a proven process to create studies with valid data and results
  • Promote and develop a firmwide culture of research by involving others and supporting work that has been done
  • Create connections across the firm to deliver maximum value, understanding how research in one area may be beneficial or overlap with research in another area


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