Part 1 Architectural Assistant

DLA Design
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Competitive salary and company benefits
03 Apr 2019
03 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


We are seeking a talented, enthusiastic, design-led individual with good communication skills to work as part of our multi-disciplinary team.  The role will involve working on a wide range of project types and scales from concept to completion. Projects vary from  contemporary new build interventions within listed retained façades, to new build towers from 15-20 storeys within city centre locations, innovative new townhouses that respond to modern living and construction technologies within historic settings. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of schemes along with involvement within other short-term creativity installations within the studio.

Reporting directly to the Associate and/or Project Architects leading the project. Due to our collaborative working approach, this will also often include working directly with the studio directors.


Assist with projects as required.

Assist with the production of feasibility reports, design proposals, area & unit calculations, presentations & drafting reports.

Strong design and graphic skills including free hand sketching.

An ability to pursue ideas and develop concept schemes working with the project architect.

Resourcefulness and willingness to research and develop new ideas and solutions.

Prepare develop and edit, under the guidance of the project leader or nominated architect, drawings, models, images and other project documents.

Where appropriate participate in presentations, site visits, client meetings, sub-contractor meetings and other meetings.

Keep the Director informed of all circumstances that could affect projects or Clients.

Demonstrate knowledge of construction methods and materials and the economics involved.

Develop, where required, representations of design options for further discussion and development by the design team.

Perform assignments with guidance from others as needed.

Develop an understanding of DLA Design’s procedures and standards including use of the DLA Business Management System.

Keep abreast of technological developments and attend technical and professional society meetings and seminars.

Adhere to the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct & record evidence of your professional experience in accordance with the requirements of the RIBA (or equivalent).



Essential: RIBA Part I qualification as a minimum. e.g. BA (Hons) Architecture or equivalent.


Essential: Adobe Creative Suite

Desirable: Training in the use of AutoCAD or Revit. Previous use of rendering software is advantageous – we also use SketchUp, AutoCAD & Enscape.


Desirable: Summer work experience or work placement within an architectural practice.




Actively supports and assists colleagues to reach individual and team objectives.

Sufficiently flexible enough to travel within the UK and work extended hours on occasions when required.


Presents work and ideas in a confident and persuasive manner by being fluent in verbal, written and visual communication.

Ability to build good relationships at all levels, internally and externally by being able to get on with people, develop working relationships, see things from other’s perspective and be a team player.

Quality and Client Focus:

Well-presented and business-like.

Strives for quality in all aspects of the role and ensures everything produced is of a high and consistent standard with an ability to critically assess own performance.

Excellent organisation skills with the ability to manage sensitive and sometimes confidential information.

Personal Effectiveness   and Learning:

Keen interest in the built environment.

Prioritises and organises work effectively to deliver on time, within budget and to the required standard.

Uses initiative and actively makes decisions where appropriate.

A flexible and open attitude towards new ways of working and commitment to lifelong learning.

Self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative and a proactive approach to daily tasks and in response to direction or instruction.

Uses initiative and actively makes decisions where appropriate.

Self-motivated, Reliable, tolerant and determined with good time management skills and highly organised working methods.

Able to prioritise challenging deadlines and work independently on own initiative, whilst also able to take instruction.

Innovation, Creativity and Problem Solving:

Is open minded and actively seeks opportunities for creative problem solving while staying within the parameters of good practice. Generates unique but workable and useful solutions to difficult problems.

Has the ability to evidence a good design understanding with strong visual awareness and an eye for detail.

If you are interested in this role, please apply by uploading your CV and Portfolio using the link below. 

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