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Studio manager and material/design specialist
at A Small Studio

A Small Studio is hiring a studio manager and material/design specialist for a six-month maternity cover in London.

This can be a part-time job.

We are looking for a new member of the team to join us and help the studio maintain its strong design ethos, continue fostering strong industry-wide relationships and be an exemplary model for an architecture practice that is flexible, supportive and innovative. The studio is in the process of becoming B-certified and supports good business practice.

A Small Studio is a chartered architecture practice based in south London. This year we were shortlisted by the British Council to be curators of the 2025 British Pavilion in Venice for our project ‘Shared Grounds‘. Last year, we won the 2023 Don’t Move Improve! Urban Oasis Awards for ‘Kitchen in the Woods‘. In 2020 we were longlisted by Dezeen Awards as emerging architect studio of the year, and in the same year, the AF included A Small Studio in its ‘New Architects 4’ volume.

We are a dynamic studio with a variety of projects that include cultural, public realm, residential and community work. We are small, friendly and informal. We want a team of great designers and curious makers with good interpersonal skills. We are based in West Norwood (SE27) in a studio converted from an off-license into a workspace.

Most of our work is in London with a few international projects. We are looking for an autonomous and competent person who is pro-active, organised and enthusiastic about helping to organise and deliver a range of different projects; from community workshops to speculative in-house experiments.

This is ideal for someone who has knowledge of material technology/science, graphic design skills and an interest in ethical business operations. This is a lot and varied. But we are open to suggestions and want to hear from you: What can you bring to the team? Below is our wish list and the different requirements we have within the studio. We are not expecting that a single candidate should cover all the requirements but are open to suggestions and would be interested to learn how your profile could fit into our studio.

What we’re looking for

Dedicated, motivated and organised individuals who are good on the organisational and administrative side of running a business.

Creative and pro-active individuals who can think outside the box and help deliver new projects, speculative work, community workshops and manage a growing library of materials and making techniques.

Candidates that have excellent communication skills and be well-organised and self-motivated. We want someone proactive that will contribute to our studio life.

Key overall requirements:

  • likes working in a team and collaborating with others
  • enthusiastic, proactive and organised
  • self-motivated
  • interested in contributing to the studio ethos and thinking outside of box on new and speculative projects
  • some understanding of RIBA stages, or willingness to learn
  • excellent writing and presentation skills
  • have the right to work in the UK

The candidate’s expected computer skills: 

  • good working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite package
  • especially InDesign, Express and Photoshop (illustrator would be a bonus)
  • excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel and Word
  • some knowledge of Squarespace would be a bonus

Specific job description for studio management (administrative role):

  • help with the communications strategy of our ongoing work
  • support in the organisation and management of live projects
  • provide some support towards studio admin
  • manage the work experience programme we have in the studio with young people
  • contribute to the ongoing process of becoming B-Corp certified

Specific job description for material/design specialist (creative role):

  • manage the materials library and develop material passports for the library
  • assist in the preparation of mood boards (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • prepare Client Supply List (CSL) of fixtures, finishes and furniture including requesting samples, obtaining quotes, raising pro formas, placing orders
  • research new methods of making and building from abroad and find companies who we can work with/buy materials from
  • book Continued Professional Development (CPD) and arrange trips to factories that might be interesting
  • work with the studio to deliver different workshops and develop new strategies for making

Our salary structure is based on the RIBA salary guide 2023. We offer a pension scheme, a health-assured membership which is an employee assistance programme for well-being and we make a yearly studio trip somewhere in Europe. We are flexible with working arrangements and are open to different work patterns that suit the candidate, but this is ideally a full-time post.

We are international, multilingual (Korean, Greek, Spanish and English speakers) and enjoy diversity. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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How to apply

Please submit a covering letter explaining the following:

  • tell us why you are the ideal candidate for the job
  • we are a studio where everyone has a different interest and passion; what would your passion be and what direction would it take the studio?
  • when was the last time you felt inspired by a project; what was it and why?

Please submit your CV and a selection of visual examples of design work in PDF format (maximum 3MB file size please) via the apply for job button below. We will be inviting for interviews on w/c 3 June but applications will remain open until the right candidate is found.

No agencies, please.

Salary: Undisclosed
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