dRMM are radical makers of sustainable, socially useful architecture with studios in London and Berlin. Our thriving Stirling Prize-winning studio works on exciting, innovative projects across all scales and sectors in the UK, Germany and overseas. Current projects range from a floating swimming pool on a repurposed barge to pioneering community-led housing estate renewal, a CLT primary school to a large scale infrastructure project and an ingenious new model for industrial estates to cutting edge research into the benefits of building in timber. We are in the process of becoming B- Corp certified.
Our studio culture is one of openness and warmth and we welcome people of all backgrounds. Our team is very international. We are proud to have gender parity at every level, including director level. We have built a studio that attracts people who are interested in collaboration, experimentation, and who share a sensitivity towards people, place and planet. Team members are empowered to bring their whole selves to work in a supportive environment in which they can grow, personally and professionally.
We are looking for motivated and talented architects to join our team in London to work on a variety of projects. You will support project leads to run projects from concept design through to completion and oversee project coordination while leading junior team members in day-to-day activities. In some cases an architect/architectural designer will be responsible to run a project in collaboration with an associate. A high level of design competency is required and you will have sound knowledge of UK planning and building regulations. Experience of working on residential and mixed-use project is advantageous. Responsibilities will include coordinating design team actions; attending design team meetings; liaising with stakeholders; and developing architectural solutions from concept to technical design and construction stages. An architect/architectural designer reports to the relevant associate on a day to day basis and ultimately to the associate directors.
You will have excellent English communication skills, be well organised and have a proven track record of working both independently and as part of a team. You will show great flexibility and versatility to work on various project types, at various stages and scales. You will demonstrate good ability to learn from your peers as well as independently. Knowledge of the German language is advantageous.
Good knowledge of Revit and Adobe Creative Suite is a minimum requirement; knowledge of Rhino, SketchUp, Vectorworks/AutoCAD and rendering software is beneficial.
We have a very sociable and relaxed studio atmosphere, and our architects play a full and active role within it, with opportunities to take on greater responsibility within projects and for extracurricular events and activities.
- RIBA Part 3 (or equivalent) ARB registration. If Part 3 qualification has not been obtained in the UK, it is required to give evidence of sufficient equivalent knowledge or as a minimum attend an ARB recognised Part 3 lecture course
The duties set out below outline the range of activities required. It is not a comprehensive list:
- research and develop solutions to architectural problems research project briefs, materials and construction products and systems develop/amend concept and detail designs by CAD and by hand develop/amend technical designs and production information by CAD and by hand keep up to date on relevant legislation and regulations establish and integrate technical information and statutory requirements into design and production drawings, including preparation of drawings for planning and building control approval, tender and construction purposes prepare presentation materials by CAD and by hand for internal and external purposes, including attendance of client and user presentations and incorporate feedback prepare written specifications and contract documentation, including assistance in drafting architects’ instructions and certificates where relevant, and in collaboration with associate, manage a team, making sure all team members are properly briefed and able to complete their tasks. Review drawings/information produced by other team members before issuing contribute to the development of a design programme and list of deliverables for relevant stages for in-house use as well as for submission to client/project team contribute to internal and external meetings, prepare agendas, take minutes/notes and follow up action points contribute/run design team/site meetings as the project architect where appropriate contribute/run internal project planning meetings liaise with members of the external design team and other stakeholders thorough knowledge of and compliance with dRMM procedures and standards maintain studio and project files, prepare drawing issues. Maintain project QA records undertake post completion assessment and de-brief for clients and building users attend in-house/external continuing professional development (CPD) activities and record evidence. Record evidence of professional experience in accordance with the requirements of the RIBA contribute to professional development of more junior team members contribute to studio improvement works, or otherwise assist, as required represent dRMM at events, including: networking, lectures and exhibitions, charrettes etc.
- ability to work under own initiative, be self-motivated and able to take responsibility good interpersonal skills and able to work independently and as part of an effective team ability to manage and appraise own working practices ability to manage (where appropriate) and communicate to a team of people ability to manage own and team members’ (where appropriate) time efficiently and work to deadlines flexibility and versatility including working on a variety of projects in parallel ability to take initiative in response to direction or instruction ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines efficiently resilient to cope with conflicting demands, able to prioritise duties and work effectively under pressure while remaining calm and professional at all times demonstrate flexible and open attitude towards new ways of working and commitment to independent, life-long learning ability to build good relationships at all levels, internally and externally
- ability to produce coherent and well resolved architectural designs ability to use a variety of media in the development and documentation of a design project excellent drawing and presentation skills ability to work accurately and diligently excellent ability to build physical models excellent written and verbal communication skills excellent organisational skills ability to manage sensitive and sometimes confidential information ability to understand and formulate design decisions and present for discussion understanding of the professional duty of care arising from the relationships between client and architects, employer and employee knowledge of relevant CAD systems, 3D and visualisation software, and adherence to relevant dRMM standards understanding of financial aspects of running a design project on time and on budget understanding of ISO accreditation and related duties
This description reflects the core activities of the role but is not intended to be all-inclusive and other duties within the studio may be required in addition to changes in the emphasis of duties as required from time to time. There is a requirement for the post holder to recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work.
Salary band five or six (£36,060 – £51,360) dependent on experience and compliance with dRMM salary banding, which is annually benchmarked to ensure team members are paid fairly.
This position is envisioned as a full-time role. We offer up to 2 days of homeworking per week, with core working hours that enable flexible start and finish times.
How to apply
To apply please submit your CV, portfolio and a short cover letter detailing your suitability to the role and notice period (if applicable). Applications should be sent via the apply button below (max file size 5MB) for the attention of HR, quoting ref: Part3_2306 in the subject title. You should also fill out an equal opportunities monitoring form – https://forms.office.com/e/0VD1nmwirF
Applications close on Sunday, 25th June 2023.
Please note we are only able to respond to successful applicants and will not discuss submissions over the telephone.
dRMM is an equal opportunities employer. We strive to build on the existing diversity of our team, championing greater representation of backgrounds in our practice and welcome applications from people of all identities and background. We are committed to a fair and accessible recruitment process for all candidates. We would be happy to make any reasonable adjustments during the application or interview process, please just let us know.