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SENIOR ARCHITECT & STUDIO LEADER

CLERKENWELL, £48k-£55k

Do you have an ambition to one day become a Director and to even run your own architectural practice? If the answer is yes, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.


Our client is looking for an experienced, talented, and enthusiastic architect with private residential experience in London to quickly progress into a leadership position within their small but growing team. You will be responsible for leading the studio and running multiple projects independently, with supportive guidance and direction from the Director. Your position, willingness, and capability to assume responsibility is essential in enabling the Director to dedicate more time to grow the practice with bigger and better projects and meet their strategic vision for growth. Alongside delivering exceptional, design-led projects working with ideal clients, they also want to ensure that all their team are continuously inspired and professionally fulfilled whilst also being rewarded both financially and intrinsically.


Currently the value of projects hover around £1m-£2m but their focus is to secure more projects in value of £4m+. They work predominantly with discerning private clients often in the financial industries and are in a fortunate position where they are presently turning away work and hand-picking projects that best align with their approach and positioning. They also have a longer-term ambition to diversify their portfolio over the coming years. They evidently have big ambitions, but you need only meet the Director and team to feel instantly inspired and excited about the future of this practice. Furthermore, the Director wants this person to one day become the owner of the business and so, this really is a rare opportunity with plenty of career progression opportunities for the right person.


Their work is grounded in their love of old buildings and thoughtful and uncomplicated approach to delivering high-quality custom residential and heritage projects. They are both brilliantly design-led and pragmatic with a strong passion for identifying, preserving, and enriching everything that is already beautiful and complementing each project with exemplary interventions that are more befitting to current and future generations.


For this position, you will need to be self-motivated and confident with an ability to make key decisions and solve problems in a calm and considered manner. You will also need to be personable and well-organised with an ability to communicate clearly and compellingly with clients, consultants, and contractors.


Responsibilities

  • Managing client expectations

  • Producing and coordinating clear, simple, buildable, concise, and correct design information

  • Managing consultants and furthering beneficial working relationships within the profession

  • Administering building contracts correctly and facilitating site progress while maintaining good relationships with clients and contractors

  • Monitoring and achieving practice and project goals, specifically regarding quality, time, and cost

  • Developing, implementing, and improving practice procedures and standards

  • Developing junior staff and preparing them for future roles

  • Contributing to the future development of the practice

Required Skills/Experience

  • ARB Registration

  • Demonstrable experience leading at least 3 private residential renovation / extension projects successfully through all stages in London.

  • Exemplary design and technical detailing skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrable problem solving and design sensibilities

  • Working knowledge of RIBA and JCT building contracts and demonstrable experience in their successful administration

  • Working knowledge of UK planning policy and procedure

  • Working knowledge of building regulations and CDM requirements; particularly with domestic projects

  • A desire to participate in the wider profession.

  • Excellent hand-sketching skills with an ability to communicate design ideas quickly and visually with clients

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD is highly desirable

General Information & Perks

  • ARB and RIBA Memberships paid for by the company

  • Monthly office ‘two-hour’ lunch where the team get together over an expensive meal outside of the office to talk about everything and anything!

  • Monthly Core professional development paid-for lunches

  • 3 additional days closing for Christmas

  • Plans to provide bonus’ once the company meet their threshold

  • They are very open to considering providing other benefits driven by staff. For example, Part III study loans, cycle-to-work schemes, gym memberships.

  • Culture: they have a wonderful friendly, inclusive and supportive team with a flat-team structure and open-door policy - suggestions and opinions of all staff are always encouraged and readily welcome.

  • Flexibility: they are very accommodating to individual needs and as long as it works for the team, clients and you, they are happy to offer flexibility as and when required

To apply for this position, please send a copy of your CV and Sample Portfolio to hello@fatrecruitment.co.uk. To find out more about this opportunity or for a confidential chat to discuss any other roles, please call us directly on 0208 282 8814, we would be delighted to speak with you.

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