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Senior designer
at New Practice

New Practice is looking for an exceptional senior designer to join its team in London.

Location: London

Contract: permanent

Salary: 37.5 hours per week (flexitime) – salary commensurate with experience; please clearly outline your salary expectations in your cover letter for discussion in advance should you be selected for a first interview.

Holiday entitlement: 21 days per annum and (UK) Bank Holidays

Deadline: Monday 23 May 2022, 5pm

Interviews: w/c 23 May 2022

Start date: immediate start preferred, w/c 6 June 2022 onwards

This is a permanent contract beginning in June 2022, or sooner if possible, and would be best suited to a multidisciplinary designer – with skills across graphic, product and service design – with a minimum of two to three years’ experience managing and delivering end-user and creative engagement focused projects across the public or private sector. Experience of working on projects across the built environment is preferred, but not essential.

New Practice is an award winning RIBA/RIAS chartered architecture practice based in Glasgow, and with a growing office in London, with a wide ranging portfolio of community-led development and creative engagement projects across Scotland, Cambridge and London. Current clients include; City of Edinburgh Council, Design Council, Ealing Council, Elderpark Housing Association, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Landsec, Mayor of London, Newham Council, Scottish Canals, TOWN, U+I, Watford Council.

In 2022, New Practice were named ‘Future Winners’ by The RIBA Journal and received praise from Architects Journal, Architecture Today, Dezeen, The Developer, ICON and Wallpaper for their work as lead architect on the £1.8mil redevelopment of Kinning Park Complex, an important space for education and activism in Glasgow’s Southside. In 2021, New Practice was nominated for ‘Best in Community Engagement’ by The Festival of Place/The Developer, ‘Best Small Works Under £250K’ by Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards 2021 and ‘Best Partnership & Collaboration’ by the Landscape Institute Awards for our work with Edinburgh Futures Institute.

The post is being advertised to support a period of growth for the practice in London, where we are currently working with a number of boroughs and private organisations, including collaborations with John MacAslan + Partners, Foster + Partners, HawkinsBrown and Maccreanor Lavington to deliver complex community engagement programmes related to statutory planning requirements and policy.

About the team

New Practice is a small tight-knit organisation, of nine talented designers, with two hands-on directors and two associates.

The practice is led by Becca Thomas (ARB) and Marc Cairns. In addition to our portfolio of architectural work, over the past decade Becca and Marc have contributed critical research, delivered best practice community engagement approaches and provided leadership for built environment policy across the UK.

About the job

As a senior designer at New Practice, you will be responsible for leading the delivery of a range of end-user and creative engagement focused projects across the public and private sector, which are developing the creative capacity of places and connecting people with the decision making processes that underpin their lived experience.

You will lead work on a range of community based projects in London (and across the UK), supported by the directors and associates, and guiding the wider team of designers at New Practice. This work will include in-depth end-user research, the development of brief building, design of creative engagement toolkits, event design and production, facilitation of online and in-person workshops, data gathering and consolidation and thorough reporting work for a varied scale of architecture and urbanism projects; all of which champion the importance of inclusive, intersectional and accessible design.

Your work will require collaboration across our team and beyond; where you will be supported to directly engage with individuals, groups, organisations and communities through formal and informal methods, and in-person and digital settings as part of our best practice creative engagement work.

New Practice actively collaborates with a number of leading British and international architecture practices across our portfolio. Your role will require you to effectively manage these collaborations and ensure an efficient and productive working relationship.

You will be involved with internal team discussions to support practice research, learning and development as well as supporting our managing director to produce approaches and materials for new business opportunities.

The nature of the current workload within the practice requires the senior designer to work predominantly from our office in Underwood Works in Shoreditch in order to service key projects across London. However, some national travel will likely be required to support the delivery of projects in Scotland. New Practice offers award winning flexible working arrangements having been awarded Best Digital Workspace at the 2020 Archiboo Awards from a shortlist that included Grimshaws and Pollard Edward Thomas.

You will report to Marc Cairns, managing director at New Practice.


You should be able to demonstrate that you are able to meet some, or all, of the following requirements

Personal skills:

  • highly organised, ability to multitask, observe good timekeeping and meet deadlines
  • brings an approachable and friendly manner, and is confident speaking in public to both professional and community audiences
  • works collaboratively as part of a team and intuitively as an individual
  • excellent written and verbal English communication
  • self-motivated, driven and proactive
  • strong organisational skills

Technical skills:

  • demonstrate experience of, and contribution to, design of creative engagement toolkits and programmes for end-users
  • demonstrate experience of, and contribution to, managing / oversight of projects for public and/or private sector clients
  • demonstrate experience of, and contribution to, managing / oversight of financial information and budgets relating to the delivery of projects
  • demonstrate experience of, and contribution to, gathering and consolidation of data and information to inform in-depth analysis and reporting
  • effectively communicate design ideas and approaches using a variety of techniques
  • knowledge and understanding of UK planning policy and RIBA plan of work (not essential)
  • Apple/Mac operating system
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Google Suite
  • Zoom (and/or other online conferencing tools)
  • Miro (and/or other online facilitation tools)
  • Webflow (not essential)

How to apply

Please submit a CV, cover letter, your notice period (if applicable) and a portfolio of your work highlighting key projects and your achievements to date. If you do not have a portfolio, CV or a cover letter we have created simple templates for you to use; please click here.

Submit your CV, cover letter and portfolio as pdfs via the apply for job button below quoting ‘apply: senior designer’.

In your covering letter, please tell us a little bit about yourself, why you want to work at New Practice and your specific interest in community-led development and creative engagement projects.

Please clearly outline your salary expectations in your cover letter for discussion in advance should you be selected for a first interview.

This position is only available to applicants based in the United Kingdom