Associate - Palace of Westminster


We are looking for an Architect at Associate level to join our existing team to work on the Palace of Westminster.

 This role offers the opportunity to be involved in business development and work winning, studio leadership and management, project leadership at concept and delivery stages, working collaboratively with clients and consultants, and leading enthusiastic and talented teams within the studio. We offer a rewarding and supportive environment for personal and professional development. This is an excellent opportunity to join our team and contribute to our award winning portfolio of projects.

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.

We are keen to talk to architects with excellent design and presentation skills as well as enthusiasm for high quality work, and with experience in working with historic and listed buildings.

You will prioritise project delivery and new business generation activities and support the delivery of a long-term strategy of working successfully with the Palace of  Westminster. This will include identifying opportunities for securing new architectural and conservation projects with the clients. The pursuing of these opportunities will include maintaining contacts with current and prospective clients.

We are a progressive practice, so you’ll need to understand our culture and strategy (our Collective Ambition), identify opportunities and support managing and developing our talented people to achieve goals as a collaborative team. As an excellent communicator, you will represent the organization in a leadership role to primary clients, key public officials, and sub consultants.

  We are looking for candidates who have the following skills: 

  • 10 years’ post qualification experience
  • Experience in project delivery and management 
  • Have excellent design, technical and conservation skills and experience 
  • Have a strong understanding of the UK Building and Planning regulations 
  • Proven experience working on all RIBA stages 
  • Demonstrate good client-facing communication skills 
  • AABC accreditation is essential. RIBA SCA/ CA will be considered.
  • Experience with NEC4 contracts.
  • Qualification or experience with NEC Supervisor role is desirable 
  • Proficiency in BIM/ Revit an advantage 
  • Be well organised, proactive and enthusiastic approach to work and projects 
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written 
  • Leadership experience managing a small to medium sized team 
  • Experience of taking responsibility for the financial success of projects, and strong commercial awareness 
  • Experience in business development and work winning, including bidding experience 

 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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