Part I Architectural Assistant


We are looking for an Architectural Assistant to join our Cambridge studio. This is an excellent opportunity to join our growing team in Cambridge, and aid the studio and established teams that are currently working on a diverse and exciting range of architecture, masterplanning, heritage and interiors projects. The successful candidate should evidence keen attention to detail and high-quality examples of their work with their application. You will need to be agile and flexible, with a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn and develop.

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.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Learn, apply and share the core expertise and specialisms of Purcell
  • Work closely with our current core team to confidently deliver on current and upcoming projects.
  • Assist in the 2D and 3D drawing and modelling production
  • Contribute to developing concept, schematic and detail design packages
  • Assist and undertake site surveys and visits
  • Attend and minute project meetings
  • Preparation and development of presentation documents
  • Demonstrate and encourage Purcell’s ‘One-Family’ value
  • Develop and enhance our design reputation.
  • Adherence to current technical standards - including Purcell’s & wider industry standards
  • Strive for client satisfaction

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Architectural Studies
  • Proficiency in 2D and 3D drafting such as AutoCAD, 3D modelling in Sketchup and development of imagery in Photoshop and/or other graphic presentation software.
  • Experience in developing project information using Autodesk Revit (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of BIM project delivery (Desirable)
  • Good presentation skills (Visual, written & spoken) and contribution to high-quality documentation.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of industry technical standards and statutory requirements
  • Contribute to the seamless running of architectural projects to the highest standards.
  • Effectively communicate at all levels (internal & external)
  • Proactive ‘can do’ approach demonstrating initiative and curiosity.
  • Professional at all times.
  • Ability to utilise analytical skills to organise and plan workload.
  • Personable, confident and with a strong sense of team spirit.

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.

Please submit a copy of your CV and portfolio by following the application workflow at the bottom of the page. Please include details of your Right to Work in the United Kingdom, as well as an available start date.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of your original application, then you have been unsuccessful. Please continue to look at our vacancies and apply where relevant. We wish you all the best in your job search.

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.


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