Architect (Registered or eligible for ARBV registration in Victoria)


Architect (Registered or eligible for ARBV registration in Victoria)

REPORTS TO: Associate (direct supervisor); Regional Partner (manager)


Purcell is an award winning architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a strong commitment to quality. We have staff of 200+ talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 14 offices in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Together, we work on some of the finest buildings from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design; we create thoughtful architecture that enhances its context.

We are an employee-owned progressive practice, so you’ll need to understand our culture and strategy, identify opportunities and be responsible for developing staff. The position has excellent potential for supported career development, in-house training and provides an opportunity to mentor other team members.

Our Melbourne Studio is looking for an Architect to join the practice on a full-time basis, based in Melbourne.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of an AJ100 top20 practice renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.


The aim of this full-time, permanent role is to assist in the effective delivery of projects, either as project leader or project runner, in collaboration with wider team. The role requires a demonstrated ability to work effectively, focused and either individually or collaboratively in a team environment.

The Studio has a wide range of projects including places of worship, regeneration, infrastructure and public buildings. We’re after a results driven, tenacious, go getter to take on managing a mixture of bespoke conservation, heritage advisory and architectural projects whilst also supporting business development. The role also involves supporting the management, attendance and delivery of projects located in south-east Australia and is integral to the development and management of client relationships.

Ideally, you will have a minimum 2 years professional experience working in the capacity of a project architect in Australia, responsible for successful running of a scale of projects, principally being the place-making, activation or refurbishment of exiting (heritage) buildings. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to fulfil the role of a project architect, and your ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a talented team, work on exciting projects and help the studio grow.


Key elements of the role include:

  • Analysis and advice upon existing (heritage) buildings or settings and applicable planning, heritage or building controls;
  • Ability to lead and guide the development of design, the resolution of technical details and the production of construction documents;
  • Leadership, co-ordination, support or leadership of team members, consultants, programme, design, documentation, permits, tender and construction phases of work;
  • Client and statutory authority liaison and stakeholder management, and;
  • Willingness to evolve through career development, mentoring and sharing of knowledge.


It would also be an advantage if candidates possess:

  • Excellent and effective written, graphic, verbal presentation and communications skills;
  • Advanced skills in AutoDesk (AutoCAD and/or REVIT), Sketchup, Adobe (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat), and Microsoft (Outlook, Excel, Word and Project) computer software;
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated ability in, the application of key regulatory and statutory requirements of Built Heritage, DDA and OH&S Legislation and Guidelines, National Construction Code, Australian Standards;
  • Excellent time management, delegation, collaborative and/or independent working and organisational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects to a consistent high standard, prioritise workloads and conflicting requirements in order to satisfy concurrent project deliverables, budgets and programme;
  • Hands on experience, down to earth, 'can do' attitude, and;
  • Contributing to the development of the team and Australia studios.


The role is principally based in the Studio, though our flexible working policy has recently been implementation. All our staff can work from home (as required), remotely, on-site or in the Studio in line with this policy.


Your application should include a CV and covering letter outlining your experience, as well as your contact details and evidence of your right to work in Victoria, Australia. Please do not send more than five A4 sheets.

This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of Purcell. Purcell is proud to be an equal opportunity employer — we actively promote an inclusive workplace culture and encourage people from diverse cultural backgrounds to apply.

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