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Studio design director
at Chetwoods

Chetwoods has an opportunity for a studio design director to join its team in London, UK.

About us

A leadership position with an AJ100 architecture practice in London.

Chetwoods was established by Laurie Chetwood in 1988 with the head office in London and an office in Birmingham and a plethora of international projects covering residential, commercial, retail, mixed-use and logistics.

Chetwoods is a finely balanced organisation, its three divisions constantly inspiring, supporting and complementing each other. While the grand concepts and imaginative leaps emanate from our studio, works finds the best ways of transforming these into actuality, while thrive contributes its pioneering thinking on environmental wellbeing and health benefits.

Our studio is a hub for innovative design ideas and creative adventure. We question convention and take creative risks, using original thinking and unfettered imagination as our primary tools. Led by Laurie Chetwood, we approach each project with an open mind, taking inspiration from past, present, and even conceptual incarnations of the future. It is only by taking the next step, pushing what’s possible, having the vision and bravery to unleash the unexpected that true advances can be made.

Your role and responsibilities

Chetwoods is seeking a dynamic and passionate design-forward architect to join our firm as its studio design director. You are to help set-up and run a design studio for an established and successful, commercial architectural practice with ambitious plans to establish a new creative force within the profession. The studio will be targeting not only fee-paying, architectural projects but also product design and research and development work.

We are interested in finding a collaborative team player who is willing to break conventions, is overtly passionate about design, and is also able to inspire and lead a group of talented architects and designers. As design director, you will lead the process of creating and developing the fundamental design principles to guide a project from the earliest stages of its conception to continue to assist in its development and refinement through subsequent design and documentation phases.

Your qualifications and experience:

  • ten-plus years’ architectural/design experience
  • articulate, capable of clearly communicating design intent to clients, consultants, and staff
  • strong leadership and mentoring skills
  • passionate about trends in architectural design and their relevance to inform our future work

Essential skills:

  • the ability to participate in business development, marketing and client presentations
  • an ability to think laterally
  • an imagination
  • the ability to draw

Benefits include:

  • competitive salary
  • annual profit-related bonus
  • pension scheme matched up to 5% of your salary
  • 24 days holiday per annum
  • private healthcare insurance
  • workplace wellbeing initiatives
  • cycle to work scheme

If you are interested in learning more about joining our team, please submit your resume and portfolio using the ‘apply’ link below.

  • Applications have closed.