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Principal Architectural Designer

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    Building & Construction

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  • Salary:

    £50000 - £52000 per annum

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    Tom Francis

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  • Published:

    25 days ago

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Principal Architectural Designer

Job Role
To manage all aspects of Architectural Design to the required standards within the Architectural Design Studio for our client.

Team leader:

Lead an Architectural team, supporting the business, team and colleagues to achieve maximum potential
Manage the team effectively with adherence to commercial performance and resource management via productivity and time methods
Support the Associates and Directors, linking effectively and proactively with other teams within the company
Work proactively and flexibly to support delivery across the service with commercial and solution focus
Take ownership for own personal development
Support the professional development of team members

Customer service:

Provide an efficient and business-like point of contact. This includes responding to internal and external enquiries (via face-to-face, telephone, email and virtual meeting platforms e.g. Microsoft Teams).
Lead conversations with clients
Deliver a consistent and professional level of customer service at all times to Clients and other practices within the industry
Excellence in advice towards to design quality and practicality of a project
Provide initial point of escalation for issues both internally and externally to support the team, the business and the clients

Business delivery:

Be the authority for Architectural Designer matters (Conceptual/Technical/Compliance)
Assist in the development and delivery of new processes for the Studio
Ensure projects are completed on budget and to schedule
Prepare scheme designs with costings, programmes for completion of projects and specification of works
Prepare and present feasibility reports and high quality design proposals to the client
Work around constraining factors such as planning legislation, building regulations, environmental impact and project budget
Prepare applications for planning and building control
Prepare working drawings, details and specifications for pricing and construction issue
Choose materials to be used and the requirements for the project, based on site and environmental criteria
React and resolve issues which arise during the predesign/design/construction/post-construction stages of a project
Contract Administration
Lead and co-ordinate the project design team at all stages of projects

Business strategy:

Assist with leading the Architectural team strategy for the business
Support with the development of a team business plan linked to the companies strategic business plan
To have a sound understanding of the companies strategic business plan, providing support accordingly
Cultivate new business clients and retain existing clients

Measures of success:

Feedback from team members and line manager
Director feedback
Performance Objectives
Contribution to service
Team performance
Service improvements suggested
Accuracy and timeliness of support
Efficiency of systems and processes
Service delivered within budget and to agreed targets
Feedback from staff and managers across the business
Service delivery indicators
Customer feedback

It's essential you have:

Degree in Architecture or equivalent
Have five+ years professional experience as an Architect
Strong design and drawing skills
A keen interest in buildings and the built environment
Excellent communication skills, written and oral, with the ability to liaise effectively with a range of other professionals
An understanding of the relationship between people, buildings and the wider environment
Chartership (you are an associate member of CIAT or RIBA) or have chartered membership with CIAT or RIBA
Microsoft Office proficiency
CAD proficiency


Discuss the objectives, requirements and budgets of projects
Liaise with construction professionals on the feasibility of potential projects
Create a positive and professional first impression of our client
Communicate with all staff efficiently
Work closely with teams of other professionals such as Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Engineers and Architectural Assistants both internally and externally
Travel regularly to construction sites, proposed locations and client meetings
Lead on introducing more efficient and joined up projects and processes

BIM roles and responsibilities:

Ensuring Asset Information requirements and/or MIDP requirements set out in the Employers Information Requirements are delivered on a BIM project.
Enable reliable information exchange through a common data environment
Overall lead for configuration management and project outputs
Populate the information exchange format for the information model
Production of design outputs related to a discipline specific, package-based or time-based task
Undertake clash detection process and liaise with design team
Produce BIM compliant working drawings and specifications
Direct the production of task information in compliance with standards and methods
Assure delivery of information exchanges
Coordinated delivery of all design information
Enable integration and co-ordination of information within information model
Manage information development and information approvals
Confirm Design Deliverables
Direct the production of task information in compliance with standards and methods
Direct the production of task information using agreed systems
Propose resolutions to co-ordination clashes
Accept / reject information exchanges within the common data Environment
Oversee team to ensure compliance of their job responsibilities