Project Architect with a particular expertise and enthusiasm for sustainable design

Location
Cambridge
Salary
Commensurate on experience
Posted
07 Jun 2021
Closes
07 Jul 2021
Ref
RIBA/21-001
Job (Function)
Project Architect
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

We are looking for an experienced project architect with a particular expertise and enthusiasm for sustainable design.  As well as carrying out architectural design and job running work the right candidate would play a key role in rhp’s Sustainability Group.  The Group aims to promote knowledge sharing, both inside and outside the Practice, regarding all things ‘green’.  This typically takes the form of:

  • Commenting on sustainability of projects during design reviews
  • Leading coffee break discussions
  • Developing and updating internal design advice notes
  • Assisting with concept stage daylighting and façade performance analysis   
  • Assisting in preparing bidding documentation relating to our knowledge and expertise in sustainable construction
  • Collating and recording feedback on building design and performance in use
  • Assisting in preparing evidence documents for BREEAM, Passivhaus and other assessments
  • Assisting in preparing news and marketing material relating to sustainable building design
  • Assisting in maintaining and improving rhp’s ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System for both office operation and building design

In addition to being a registered architect, a qualification in an aspect of environmental design would be advantageous.  Knowledge of embodied carbon life cycle analysis, thermal modelling, and daylight simulation would also be useful.

rhp would encourage the right candidate in furthering their training and expertise in the field of sustainable design (for instance qualification as a Retrofit Coordinator, Passivhaus Designer, or BREEAM Accredited Professional).

The role will offer opportunities to build on an existing strong track record in sustainable design. For example, in the early 1990s rhp were already pioneering energy saving techniques in projects such as the Ionica Building and Harston Mill. More recently we have worked on carbon neutral construction projects such as the Brighton Earthship, the Hastings Enviro21 development, and the BREEAM Outstanding Sophi Taylor Visitor Centre in Cambridge. We are currently delivering one of the largest Passivhaus schemes in Cambridge and working with clients on retrofit towards zero carbon retrofit.  Many of our clients are very engaged with sustainability issues and we expect there to be increasing demand for design that genuinely minimises impact on our environment.

The role will be based in our friendly Cambridge Studio, located just outside the City centre, but travel to our Brighton or London studios may also be required. 

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