Conservation Accredited Architect

We are looking for a Conservation accredited Architect with three or more years of experience in our newly opened Oxford office, working as part of a growing team.

The individual will play a key role in business development ensuring the smooth running of the team’s projects from sketch scheme, statutory consent, technical design, tendering, site operations and post contract administration. This role is aimed at an individual seeking to develop a career within architecture focussing on conservation and building within sensitive settings.  This architectural role requires an ability to work with minimum supervision to ‘get things done’, and  will  suit a focussed and motivated self-starter who  has client liaison,  design, report writing and job running skills, with a view to  further developing these  in a challenging yet supportive environment.

Duties and responsibilities include but shall not be limited to:

  • Business development including local market research, attending networking events, client introduction, business to business and tender selection interviews to promote the work of the practice and the Oxford office. Leading on preparation of bids, with support from the proposals team.
  • Planning, organising and executing accurate drawings throughout the project and technical information throughout the project, exercising judgement to appropriately include the contributions of other specialists, consultants and Insall team members where required.
  • Facilitating and maintaining communication between the office, clients, client representatives and contractors on site: deciding the level of information that needs to go out, listening, asking questions and gaining consensus, reporting as necessary and following agreed courses of action to ensure successful delivery of all work
  • Juggling numerous priorities throughout the lifecycle of the job (RIBA stages), maintaining a focus on present activity and future requirements, identifying risks or possible slippage, and recommending remedial action where necessary.
  • Engaging, influencing and, where necessary, appropriately challenging people both internally and externally (clients/consultants/contractors) in order to work collaboratively to meet our clients’ expectations in terms of time, finished product and budget
  • Engaging with clients in order to gain information and understand their needs. The ability to augment this with research to establish comprehensive, rational and effective briefs.
  • Ability to interpret client briefs and to generate from them thoughtful, creative and innovative design solutions, which fully take into account complex historical, contextual and societal factors
  • Ability to present designs graphically and verbally at all stages of their development from concept to completion
  • Preparation of high quality drawn information to express the Practice’s proposals to the best effect. A skill in hand drawing is advantageous.
  • Carrying out desk based and field research including visiting external sources, collating information, structuring and writing reports of varying types, including Heritage Impact Assessments, Historic Building Reports, Conservation Management Plans, Maintenance Plans, Project Status Reports, etc.
  • Ensuring all job related communications are undertaken to the required standard, including attending meetings, drafting correspondence , memoranda, reports etc. that are fit-for-purpose and in accordance with the Practice’s documented ISO accredited management systems.
  • Willingness to engage in activities to promote the Practice including attending networking events, exhibitions, social functions, etc. outside of office hours
  • Any other reasonable duties that arise from working within a small branch office and the nature and character of the post.