£25,000 per annum
30 Jan 2019
28 Feb 2019
Job (Function)
Contract Type
Contract, Permanent

Unique Opportunity at an Innovative Architecture and Strategic Design Cooperative


Transition by Design (T/D) is recruiting for a new project architect. We require a creative and progressive individual who is committed to challenging the role of the architect in society and building on our experience of ecological and beautifully designed architecture. T/D is an RIBA chartered practice, community interest company and worker coop. We are seeking a project architect who is experienced and capable of taking responsibility for projects from concept to completion. You will be running your own projects or working with our architectural team on larger projects.


As a secondary role there is the opportunity to instigate and contribute to our strategic design projects including; community-led housing, action research and activism. Current T/D projects include an action research project exploring how alternative and community-led housing can help meet the needs of people without a home; an innovative new approach to reclaiming empty and underused buildings for community use, technical advisory for community-led housing groups and a ‘public talking shop’ on housing and homelessness.

Beyond this central role there is a unique opportunity to develop the social and environmental impact of your career within the open-minded and forward-thinking coop. As a worker cooperative, Transition by Design is progressive in our approach and organisation as well as our work. Our Members work collaboratively to progress the coop and the impact of our work. We work with a high level of flexibility and autonomy and members have the opportunity to bring their own skills, interests and projects to our practice. Following a successful probation period there is the opportunity to become a coop Member and have input into the direction of the practice.

The canal side studio is based in Makespace Oxford (a truly affordable workspace developed by T/D) just north of Oxford city centre, a community hub for like-minded thinkers, makers and doers. The role will begin as part-time, with the intention to rise to full-time and will start in March (though some flexibility can be accommodated).

Please get in touch if you have the energy to redesign and progress your architectural career in a way that can meet your social and environmental values. Email to your CV, relevant and succinct portfolio and covering letter stating your interest in the mission statement of the coop.

Basic details:

Position: Architect

Hours: Part-time with an intention to full-time

Salary: £25,000 per annum

Start date: March/April 2019

Opens: Jan 29th

Closes: Feb 28th

Interviews: Early March

Essential skills:

  • ARB/RIBA Architect (exceptional and experienced part 2s may be considered)
  • Experience and accountability as a project architect from stages 0-7
  • Knowledge of low energy and ecological design
  • Experience in residential and housing projects

Desirable skills:

  • Participative design knowledge
  • Community engagement experience
  • Passivhaus certified and au fait with PHPP
  • Strong drawing and representational skills
  • Knowledge of cooperative structures
  • An entrepreneurial approach
  • A healthy interest in or experience of social or environmental activism
  • Confident in using ArchiCAD

About T/D

T/D is a cross-disciplinary design cooperative operating at the junction of architecture, strategic design and social change practice. Our work focuses on the transition to an equitable and convivial low-carbon society. We work best collaboratively with multiple partners and it is through this process that we believe the most relevant and creative responses are produced.

The coop was founded in 2011 and currently has 6 six members. More information may be found at


Job Description

  • The core role is proactively managing individual architectural projects, through all of the RIBA’s work stages.
  • The role is based on experience level where you are expected to be fully accountable for a project in line with RIBA best practice. You will be expected to be able to identify and mitigate risks related to the project and, by extension, to the coop as a whole.
  • Management and support will be to the lead architect of the T/D architectural team
  • You will be expected to engage in fee finding activities. One of the stipulations to become a Member of the coop is an ability to be responsible for sustaining the profitability of the organisation
  • A peer manager will also be assigned as part of the non-hierarchal governance of the coop
  • You will be expected to mentor and support other members, in particular junior architectural staff.
  • You will be responsible for managing your hours within the coop’s resourcing plans.
  • Work equipment is provided at the studio, including laptop and drawing equipment
  • Flexible hours around core hours (10am-4pm)
  • All employee details are covered in the members handbook

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