Associate Partner


We are looking for a committed, ambitious and knowledgeable Associate Partner to join our London team. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who can inspire creativity and confidence amongst clients, consultants and colleagues alike, delivering excellent project work, promoting Purcell and developing new business opportunities.

Purcell is an award-winning employee-owned architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a commitment to quality, innovation, and diversity. We have staff of approximately 280 talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 14 offices, in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Winners of Architect Employer of the Year 2022.

Collaboration is central to our employee-ownership culture, providing opportunities to work on some of the finest buildings; from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design. We offer a rewarding and supportive environment for personal and professional development and our employee-owned ethos empowers everyone to use their voice. We believe in creating an equitable and inclusive culture, founded on our values, which celebrates knowledge sharing and our successes, to build an inspiring work environment.

It is our distinctive employee-owned working culture that has contributed to our status as a World Architecture Top 100 Practice, renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.

Our benefits package includes agile, flexible and hybrid working, (a minimum of 3 days in office, up to 2 days WFH) annual leave increasing with long service, life assurance, study sponsorship with paid study leave, sabbaticals, employee assistance programme, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, virtual GP service, subscription fees, company day out, a volunteering scheme and enhanced learning & development opportunities.

Based in our London studio and reporting to Partner, you will act as project leader on a variety of projects, making decisions, providing heritage advice, advocacy and guidance. Your focus will be providing bespoke and high-quality advice, with outputs including conservation management plans, significance and capacity analysis, and heritage impact assessments.

A key element of the role will be to help expand our project portfolio in the south east, requiring experience in business development, bid preparation, networking and drawing upon existing contacts in the region. There is an expectation that you would over time take on management of other team members in your region, managing resource, financial profitability, reviewing work.

Skills & Qualifications

  • 10+ years Experience leading and contributing to the design of major projects
  • Passionate about historic buildings
  • Equally at home leading the creative process or contributing to wider team
  • Able to receive feedback positively even if different to own views or ideas
  • Can design intuitively and at pace
  • Can produce detailed drawings demonstrating a flair for design
  • Equally fluent in contemporary and traditional design styles
  • Good communication skills and can lead major presentations
  • Experience developing others and can demonstrate an ability to build a team
  • Thorough understanding of architectural history

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.

As world leaders of Heritage and Conservation, Purcell is committed to embracing diversity and equal opportunity within our international teams, reflective of the society in which we work and live.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and celebrate differences through our culture of employee ownership.

Apply for this role