Senior Architect (Registered in Victoria)


Senior Architect (Registered in Victoria)

Purcell is an award-winning architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a strong commitment to quality. We have staff of approximately 250 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.

Our Australian team are expanding and are looking for an exceptional Senior Architect to join our Melbourne studio. 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 teams. The role requires a demonstrated ability to work effectively, focussed and either individually or collaboratively in a team environment.

We’re after a results driven, tenacious, go getter to take on managing a mixture of bespoke conservation, heritage advisory and architectural projects with opportunities to support business development.

We are a progressive practice who encourages input from all on our culture and strategy, identifying opportunities and support develop of peers. It’s an entrepreneurial job, with loads of responsibility and the freedom to deliver results.

Working on a wide range of projects including places of regeneration, infrastructure and public buildings, the role will assist the studio to evolve, and establish itself as a leading architectural and heritage consultancy practice in Australia. An interest in place-making and activation of existing and heritage buildings and precincts is highly desired.

You will have a minimum 5 years professional experience working as a registered project architect in Victoria, responsible for successful running of a scale of projects, principally being refurbishment or alterations and additions to existing (heritage) buildings.


Key elements of the role include:

  • Liaise with existing and potential clients, prepare fee proposals, consultant requests, variation claims, lead a consultant team, support project procurement and liaise with studio managers for consultant engagement and invoicing.
  • Provision of heritage or design advice upon existing or potential built form, including review and application of applicable planning, heritage or building controls.
  • Obtain instructions from clients (and in consultation with management as appropriate) to determine design, type, style and size of planned new buildings and/or repairs, alterations or additions to existing buildings, having regard to project budget and statutory planning, heritage and building controls and other considerations such as environmental footprint.
  • Advise or provide feedback on design, construction, material, feasibility, staging and estimated building time;
  • Refine design and prepare project documentation, including sketches, visualisations and scale 2D and 3D digital drawing documentation and/or models, technical specifications and schedules, integrating and co-ordinating advice from internal team members and external specialist consultants, stages or packages.
  • Preparing tender and contract documents (drawings, specifications, schedules) for use by clients, contract administrators, contractors or specialist trades to suit various industry standard procurement models. Support the delivery of projects on-site, either through the provision of technical advice or contract administrator.

Broadly, the role will require:

  • Demonstrated ability in developing relationships with clients, new and existing;
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of proposals and bids for projects.
  • Co-ordination of internal and external works packages and team members;
  • Hands on experience of major refurbishment projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects to a high standard, on time and to budget;
  • Lead, produce, assist and review the production of design related information and reports, both written and graphic;
  • Demonstrate excellent technical knowledge of conservation repair, refurbishment, alterations and additions, adaptive re-use and construction detailing;
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of local planning, building, technical and design controls and processes;
  • Proven ability to independently manage the delivery of services and projects;
  • Proven ability to provide heritage advice and guidance to clients and team members, operating within relevant statutory and legislative frameworks
  • Demonstrate excellent Revit-capabilities and knowledge of BIM (Desirable).


  • Contributing to the development of a competent team
  • Excellent written, graphic and verbal communications skills
  • Effectively communicate at all levels (internal & external)
  • Excellent presentation skills (Visual, written & spoken)
  • Demonstrate and encourage ‘One Family’ value
  • Experience of managing a team to a demanding programme within a large project structure.
  • Manage the seamless running of all architectural or heritage advisory projects to the highest standards
  • Proven ability of leading, managing and developing individuals and teams
  • Learn, apply, share the core expertise and specialisms of architectural conservation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings
  • Contributing to project delivery, profitability and identifying improvements
  • Contributing to internal professional development and knowledge base
  • Contributing to winning work
  • Strategic and conceptual thinker
  • Commercial awareness / aptitude for business management
  • Ability to organise and plan – analytical skills.


The role also involves supporting the management and delivery of all types of projects located in south-east Australia and is integral to the development and management of client relationships. The position has excellent potential for supported career development and provides an opportunity to mentor other team members.


In accordance with the dynamic regulations in Victoria, all our staff can work from home (as required), remotely or in the Studio. The role is principally based in the Studio, though our flexible working policy is in the process of implementation. We anticipate you may commence the role while these or similar regulations are in place and therefore the ability to work from home is required.


Please follow the workflow below to submit your application. Your application should include a CV and covering letter outlining your experience, as well as your contact details. Please do not send more than five A4 sheets. Video submissions are accepted.

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.

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