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Senior Conservation Architect

Roger Mears Architects
London (Central), London (Greater)
Dependant on experience
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Job (Function)
Architect, Part 3, Project Architect
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for an experienced Senior Conservation Architect, with a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience, ideally across a range of historic and contemporary buildings.

We are an established London-based practice, with a growing portfolio of work across a diverse range of sectors, with a team of hands-on Partners and skilled Architects and Technologists.

You will be supporting the team on projects across a variety of sectors including cultural buildings, places of worship, residential, commercial and retail. Many buildings are listed, including some heritage-at-risk sites.

This role requires taking responsibility for and running projects from start to finish, preparing planning, design and construction drawings, reports and specifications and working collaboratively with a Partner. For some projects, you will be required to liaise directly with clients, consultants, and contractors; on others, you will work collaboratively in an in-house team. An interest and experience of working on heritage, conservation and listed building projects is essential for this role.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage architectural projects from inception to completion, encompassing all RIBA Plan of Work stages 0-7
  • Preparing designs and submission for planning approval, listed building consent or CofE faculty
  • Carry out condition surveys
  • Ensuring CDM requirements are satisfied
  • Preparing detailed designs, working drawings, construction details and specifications;
  • Overseeing projects on site including site inspections
  • Speaking and dealing with clients and wider team members
  • Up to date knowledge of the latest statutory building regulations
  • Ensure the running of the project is kept within the financial goal and deadlines
  • Working alone and within small teams as projects require
  • Reporting to the Partners on project progress
  • Some projects are outside of London and will require travel.

Required Skills & Experience for Architect/ Part II Architect

  • Part III Qualified, ARB registered, Architect
  • A minimum of 5 years’ UK work experience in a building design capacity, including extensive experience of production information on a range of projects
  • AABC / RIBA SCA/ RIBA CA accreditation or equivalent experience with willingness to apply for accreditation in near future is essential
  • Buildings Conservation experience is essential, with proven technical competence undertaking condition surveys and specifying repair works
  • Strong understanding and experience of working on historic buildings, preparing heritage reports, including condition reports, heritage impact statements, statements of significance, etc. is required.
  • Experience of new design in heritage context will be advantageous
  • Experience of working through all RIBA stages
  • Proven project running experience, with good client-facing verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate a practical approach and experience of construction detailing
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the latest UK Statutory and Building Regulations
  • Strong technical capabilities with excellent design and drawing skills, and technical detailing
  • Proficiency of working with Vectorworks, Sketchup and Adobe Suite is desirable
  • Strong presentation and design skills
  • Applicant must be based in the UK and be able to show evidence of eligibility to work in the UK
  • A driving license is advantageous

Our office is located inside the vibrant Grade I listed Union Chapel, very close to Highbury & Islington tube station. We are a family-friendly practice and are fully set up for remote working and can discuss flexible working hours if this is suitable.

What you can expect

  • Full-time position
  • Salary dependant on experience 
  • 20 days holiday + 3 discretionary days between Christmas/New Year + bank holidays
  • Statutory pension scheme
  • Flexible working
  • Social office – regular team lunches/drinks etc

We are looking for creative, passionate individuals.  You are encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description.  At RMA, everyone brings their unique talents to work as a team and produce great architectural solutions.  We strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds and identities to apply.  Each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify our Practice.  RMA is committed to building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do your best and most rewarding work of your career.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and portfolio to:

We regret that due to the number of applications we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates.

No agencies, please.


Roger Mears Architects was set up in May 1980 and the majority of its work has been gained by personal recommendation from satisfied clients. The office is based in Islington, but jobs have ranged as far afield as Dorset, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Wales. Most work is with listed buildings (whether Grade I, II* or II) and particular expertise has been developed in dealing with them.  In 2015 Sarah Khan and Alan Brown joined Roger as partners to form a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).

Roger Mears was, for 18 years, Guardian of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), whose philosophy of conservative repair informs the approach to all work, and members of staff are encouraged to attend courses run by the SPAB.  In every project close attention is paid to detail, with the aim of complementing existing buildings and using the best of traditional and, where appropriate, modern materials. Care for the environment is a major concern and influences the choice of construction – for example using locally sourced natural materials, environmentally friendly products and high levels of insulation. Daylight and sunlight are encouraged into buildings, often by the use of conservatories or glazed lantern lights.

The practice aims for a relaxed and informal relationship with clients, whilst maintaining an efficient, professional approach.  By developing close working relationships with all parties involved in the process, including consultants, contractors and craftspeople, we find we can achieve the highest quality results in terms of finished buildings and client satisfaction. As a consequence of our overall aims, which are to do what is best for a building as well as for our clients, we have generally found that local authority conservation officers and English Heritage caseworkers are very receptive to proposals we submit for planning and listed building consent.

Company info
020 7359 8222
Union Chapel
Compton Avenue
N1 2XD

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