Associate Architect (Student Accommodation)
Having successfully secured the placements of several senior members of staff within the Design team here, Conrad Consulting are proud to be working in partnership with our industry leading client to recruit an experienced and well qualified Architect.
The vacancy we have currently is at 'Brand Design Architect' level, offering perhaps a more commercially appealing opportunity than one associated with a typical Architects role in a traditional design studio. Our client are a specialist global property developer, retailer and operator of market-leading property investment brands.
Here full control of the design process is available, this is from site acquisition through to the development and management of the building. This is the case within their flagship, luxury student accommodation designs alongside Hotel schemes and an innovative build-to-rent concept for the private rented sector (PRS).
Due to continued success within the aforementioned sectors, an immediate requirement is for an Architect with significant high-rise project experience to join this busy company at an exciting time. Our current vacancy is within the flagship, high-rise, Student Accommodation sector.
If you are a talented and ambitious professional with the desire to succeed and build a career within a rapidly expanding business then we are keen to hear from you. You will be required to be creative, enthusiastic and innovative with the ability to deliver design solutions to the highest standard.
Working with external design-team consultants, you will be responsible for reporting in to the in-house Development Director to review and manage the implementation of brand standards into all new developments. You will work closely with Architectural Consultants in reviewing building design solutions for the new developments. It is important to possess a knowledge of the operational requirements as defined by the 'Ops' team and to ensure these are incorporated into the design. A working knowledge of MEP systems will be required in order to review the work of the engineering consultants and the requirements of the brand standards.
You will attend regular Design Team meetings and report back to the Project Director on the progress of individual projects; highlighting brand variations, progress and the client decisions required. You will also work closely with internal development managers in understanding milestones and deadlines, commercial constraints and viable solutions and in-house Interior Designers responsible for the design of the brand's projects interiors.
You will be required to present to the COO and CEO to obtain final design sign off on key items and issues.
You will also be part of the creative team developing and defining the brand standards in line with existing core values. These are wholly driven by the end-users experience. The brand standard must remain relevant, unique and commercially viable in a competitive market. You will be responsible for leading the research on components and products for the fit out of the residential units and the associated amenity areas. You will be required to work closely with preferred suppliers to develop solutions that meet budget and essential design criteria.
You will also be required to advise the acquisitions team on the appropriateness of potential sites by carrying out an initial assessments of volume and layout and for briefing and reviewing feasibility studies by outside consultants.
" Aid in the development of the Brand Standards.
" Together with the Development Director, develop project specific briefing requirements for the teams.
" Review the on-going design, in relation to compliance with the brand standards.
" Attend meetings with local planning authorities.
" Attend regular project design team workshops and meetings.
" Possess knowledge of appropriate suppliers, research into appropriate products and materials.
" Liaise with the Ops team to ensure operational needs are considered.
" Participate in internal design sign off reviews with the senior decision makers in the company.
" Work closely with in-house Interiors team to identify milestones and deliverables and the coordination of the interiors into the briefing for the project as a whole.
" Ensure the commercial team are provided with all the relevant data on the projects to be able to carry out financial appraisals.
" Report back to the Development Director and the Development Board on a regular basis on project progress.
" Advise on the appropriateness of new sites to be able to physically accommodate a new development of this nature.
" Qualified Architect registered with the UK Architect's Registration Board (ARB)
" Minimum 6-8 years experience working on UK projects.
" Experience within the Student Accommodation, PRS, Hospitality, High-Rise Residential sectors is essential.
" Experience of new build projects is a key requirement.
" Strong written and verbal communication skills.
" Software: Autocad, Sketchup, MS Office, Indesign and Photoshop.
If you believe you possess the creative acumen to be considered for this role and have the ability to perform to an exceptionally high standard then we would be happy to discuss the role in further detail with you.
A competitive salary is available at circa £45k plus generous bonus incentives running annually.
Please forward an up to date CV and work examples to Will at Conrad Consulting using the details provided.
Alternatively call 0161 209 3246 for further details.
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