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Head of architecture
at Zulufish

Zulufish is recruiting a head of architecture for its team in London.

Zulufish is a happy, award-winning design studio working on high end residential projects, mostly in prime London areas.

We’re a design and build company, therefore you will have full exposure to all aspects of design and construction (as seen through the lens of the contractor). This a great opportunity with amazing future prospects to grow with the Zulufish family.

We are looking to recruit a self-motivated senior architect to lead a team as head of architecture and join our team in Chiswick, West London.

Role and responsibilities:

  • manage the architectural design team, being responsible for the department’s output and growth
  • have confidence and be knowledgeable in architectural design
  • comfortably discuss potential design suggestions during initial visits to properties
  • understand costs associated with layout changes
  • sales – meeting new clients, creating fee proposals and winning all new design work
  • chairing weekly design team meetings to ensure all projects are managed properly and efficiently by the design team
  • managing/prioritising the design team workload via weekly resource meetings
  • chairing meetings with clients and consultants as and when necessary
  • assisting the project leads on construction details and review of all packages at all RIBA stages
  • taking the design lead on all architectural projects
  • hosting design meetings and proposing ideas with associated planning risk and costs to clients
  • providing guidance and advice to the design team who will report to you
  • integrating the design team with the interiors and project management team, reviewing and improving existing processes
  • invoicing – you will be responsible for making sure all relevant project invoices are issued, tracked and settled
  • carrying out drawing reviews and ensuring all appropriate comments/observations are added to the design
  • pushing forward the continuous evolution of drawing information provided by the design team, with periodic reviews
  • ensuring the design process takes account of current building regulations and minimises potential liability for future stages/delivery
  • managing the development and implementation of design proposals ensuring they meet internal and external requirements, including taking account of budgetary constraints
  • identifying design risk and ensuring design risk assessments are created and appropriately maintained for each project and that risks are managed and mitigated
  • liaising with site teams to ensure the delivery of the overall project construction/design requirements during the construction phase
  • must be polite and smartly dressed at all times

Required skills and experience:

  • Part 3 UK registered architect (RIBA)
  • minimum of 15 years project lead working experience within UK (RIBA)
  • must have strong experience in medium to large scale high-end residential projects
  • be able to manage projects at all RIBA stages
  • a thorough understanding of the construction process from pre-construction/tender/onsite processes and management
  • experience of managing members of the architectural team
  • strong residential planning experience (ideally within conservation areas)
  • proven track record in delivering architectural sales
  • excellent IT skills – AutoCAD, Excel, InDesign as a minimum
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • fluent in English, verbal and written, essential

What you get back:

  • competitive salary, depending on experience
  • 23 days holiday plus bank holidays, plus one added day per year up to 26 days
  • flexible working hours (8 am to 5 pm or 9 am to 6 pm)
  • optional work from home one day a week (either Thursdays or Fridays)
  • regular social events with the team
  • strong believers in a good work life balance
  • working in an open plan office with and learning from our in-house team of contractors, project managers, interior designers and quantity surveyor

This opportunity will allow you to:

  • work closely with the clients
  • have the chance to be a key advisor and build strong working relationships
  • take full responsibility for the design ideas, local authority approval and coordination of projects
  • take full responsibility for the performance of the architectural department which feeds work to the entire business
  • manage a small team of architects/designers
  • bring design flair and personality to a wide range of challenges
  • audit the design and identify inconsistencies, discrepancies and missing information and record, report and close out of these items
  • work within a multi-faceted business, interfacing with project managers, cost consultants, interior designers and sub-contractors

How to apply:

Please send your CV, a short portfolio of your recent work and a brief letter explaining the reasons for your interest in joining us via the apply for job button below.

Please only apply if you meet the requirements above.

No recruiters please!

Salary: £60,000 - £65,000
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