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Rowan Orchid Architects
London (Greater) or Brighton(East Sussex)
£40,000-60,000 per annum, depending on experience
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Full Time

Rowan Orchid Architects seek talented and experienced Architects to lead their versatile team and efficiently manage projects of different sizes and complexity.

This is a great opportunity to assist in growing a small practice, with future options of becoming an Associate and company director.

The immediate role and responsibility of the advertised position would be to represent the practice and manage projects as part of a cooperation with a medium-sized contractor, who is expanding its number and size of projects.

The aim for the next years is to steer the project portfolio towards more low energy buildings and Passivhaus projects.


Role & Responsibilities

  • Work on a variety of high-end residential developments and one-off houses, and larger mixed-use and hospitality schemes ranging from £1m to £40m in construction value
  • Work on projects throughout all RIBA stages, deliver projects especially through stages 3-5
  • Work with and lead a small project team
  • Preparation of Tender & Construction information including drawings, schedules, specifications, models and images, and other documents related to construction design
  • Use ArchiCAD on a daily basis
  • Review, evaluation and coordination of technical design developed by the wider project design team and together with the main contractor, suppliers, and sub-contractors, pre-start of works and during the construction period
  • Act as lead contact with our new cooperation partner, who is a medium-sized contractor


Required Skills & Experience

  • Registration with the Architects Registration Board
  • Qualified as an Architect with minimum 5 year’s post part 3 experience
  • Experience working on projects in a UK practice
  • Be confident in leading and delivering projects
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Excellent time and people management skills, allowing you to successfully lead a small team working on multiple projects at once
  • Experience working on high end Residential and mixed-use developments, including apartments and mews properties, as well as Hospitality projects
  • Proficiency in ArchiCAD (and Twinmotion), and 3D design development in general
  • Knowledge of Adobe photoshop and InDesign and MSOffice are preferable but not essential
  • NBS experience is beneficial but not essential
  • Sound knowledge of construction and building legislation
  • Exceptional detail design ability and construction knowledge
  • Care and attention to detail involved in delivering the scheme or work packages
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Confident, approachable, and a strong team player
  • Be presentable and confident with both client and contractor-facing responsibilities
  • Excellent English, both written and verbal + eligible to work in the UK


What you get back

  • Lead position on exciting projects in high-end residential and hospitality sectors
  • Opportunity to assist in growing a small, versatile practice, with future options of becoming Associate and company director
  • Medium term target is to assist the company director to steer the company towards more low energy buildings and Passivhaus projects
  • Job position is offered with base in either London or Brighton
  • Flexible work hours and hybrid working 20 days' annual leave rising to 25 days with service in addition to UK public and bank holidays, and Christmas shutdown
  • Laptop or workstation provided
  • Discretionary bonus
  • RIBA membership fees paid for all qualified staff
  • CPD's
  • Course fee for Passivhaus designer, subject to minimum term at the company and internal agreement


In this role, you will have the opportunity to lead a project team and oversee the design process from inception to completion. You will be responsible for preparing and developing drawings, images, and other documents related to project design and technical delivery across all RIBA stages.

ROA is committed to fostering an inclusive and collaborative work environment, where each team member's unique skills and perspectives are valued. With a vision that enables employees to have a meaningful stake in the future development of the practice, this is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to make their mark in the industry.

If you meet the key requirements outlined above and are ready to take on a challenging yet rewarding role, we encourage you to apply now and become part of our team.

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