Project Architect

Architecture London, United Kingdom


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The role at a glance:

NBBJ London is seeking an experienced Project Architect. We are seeking skilled designers with a minimum of five years’ post-Part 3 experience working in the UK, ideally including experience in the life science or healthcare sectors. Responsibilities include collaborating with internal and external project team members to produce and coordinate design solutions, engage with clients and stakeholders and develop new and existing relationships. This includes engaging with the client’s project manager, the design team, contractors, and sub-contractors to successfully ensure the project’s scope is delivered within the agreed budget and programme.   

NBBJ works on a variety of project scales and complexities. Depending on project scale and complexity, the below list covers activities associated with the development and delivery of a whole project (Project Architect), or specific element(s) of a given project supporting the Lead Project Architect (Package Architect). Our London practice is expanding with exciting work opportunities in life science, workplace and healthcare.  

In your new role, you will:

  • Work closely with the Principal-in-Charge and Design Lead to explore, develop, communicate and coordinate design concepts
  • Work closely with NBBJ’s internal Project Manager(s) to develop the project design programme, design responsibility matrix and refine deliverables
  • Plan and coordinate with other team members to ensure project design scope, technical tasks, deliverables and programme are implemented, supported by NBBJ’s Project Manager
  • Work collaboratively with client, project managers, cost managers, consultants, contractors and subcontractors over the course of the project
  • Work on a day-to-day basis with the UK Building Regulations, British Standards and guidelines, CDM and industry best practices.  
  • You will be able to navigate complex technical and compliance matter through independent technical research, experience and sound judgement
  • Be able to work confidently within a studio and project team environment, lead independently and know when to engage office leadership on key issues
  • Coordinate the design and deliverables (including stage reports, drawings and specifications) with the architectural and consultant design team
  • In the construction stage, visit the site, review submittals, shop drawings, prepare site observation reports, design clarifications and response to RFI’s. Comment on matters of quality, detail and finish as set out in the contract documents
  • Work with project teams, interpreting and developing design concepts and translating them into workable construction systems
  • Lead the work of other team members, providing mentoring and guidance
  • Lead teams though documentation and delivery of projects and packages
  • Lead the project consultant team to ensure an integrated approach and coordinate project requirements
  • Prepare designs, working drawings, and specifications and coordinate cost estimates for the project(s)
  • Maintain records to document phases of the project(s)

What you will need to succeed:   

  • Qualified Architect, with a minimum 5 years’ post-Part 3 experience (7 years minimum industry experience
  • Experience with large or complex buildings. Experience in life science and healthcare sectors is a plus
  • Previous track record in the Project Architect role, with a proven experience in RIBA Stages 3 through 5
  • Working experience in all RIBA Stages is essential
  • Track record of production of accurate drawings and project deliverables on time
  • Excellent graphic, written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Revit (essential) with 3D modelling skills; Rhino and/or Sketchup (preferable)
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop / InDesign (preferable)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (essential)
  • BREEAM / LEED / WELL (or equivalent) Accreditation desired 

Why choose NBBJ?

We believe that all NBBJ employees should love their work. This means not only loving what you do but having pride in your workplace. We strive to be that irresistible place to work by enhancing your employee experience with customized programs and comprehensive benefits. In addition to 100% covered employee healthcare costs and 401k contributions, we offer unique professional development opportunities, volunteer opportunities and access to leading technology and resources to further help you love your work and advance your career.

  • NBBJ has been named three times by Fast Company as one of the most innovative architecture firms.
  • Founded in 1943, our first office opened over 75 years ago in Seattle, Washington. We now have over 10 office locations around the globe.
  • We are a transdisciplinary, cross-practice focused firm with a deep portfolio of Civic & Cultural, Commercial, Corporate, Healthcare, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Sports, and Urban Environment projects. We also have several areas of service expertise including: Architecture, Environmental Graphic Design, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Workplace Consulting and more.
  • In the past decade, NBBJ has received more than 300 awards from leading global, national and regional award programs across the business, real estate and design communities.
  • We work with 5 of the top global high-tech companies, 14 of the U.S. News and World Report Top Hospitals, and 4 of the top 10 highest-ranked learning institutions.
  • Our clients include institutional leaders such as Cambridge University, Google, Samsung, Cleveland Clinic, Tencent, and Stanford University.

NBBJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F Disabled and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

NBBJ does not accept unsolicited resumes or similar submissions from third party recruiters or employment agencies. Any unsolicited materials received by NBBJ from a source other than an individual candidate will be considered NBBJ property and NBBJ reserves the right to pursue and hire candidates referred to us without any financial obligation to the third party in question. If you are interested in becoming an approved NBBJ external recruiter, please contact a member of the NBBJ Talent Acquisition Team.