Architectural Assistant /Technologist
I am looking for a technician / technologist to help in this small traditional architect’s office on the North Norfolk Coast. The practice consists of me, my part-time fully-qualified architect colleague (Jane) and architectural assistant (Kris).
Currently we are working on new houses (ranging from £500K to £1.5m), several extensions, barn conversions and listed buildings - all interesting domestic projects done to a high standard for discerning clients.
The style of work is a mixture of traditional and modern.
Applicants need to have an all round knowledge of all aspects of the job and be able to organize their workloads well, express themselves clearly, be computer literate and competent at CAD. We try to share and do all aspects of the job.
Scheme design – This is done by me and my assistant, but for small jobs I may require you to meet with clients, advise on CDM and programme etc.
Planning procedures - Work up scheme designs, only occasionally including 3D renderings or models; attend pre-application discussions with planning officers; submit planning applications (fill out forms, including CIL, write simple flood risk assessments and design and access statements, discharge conditions etc.) and monitor their progress.
Arrange for cost estimates and invite fee proposals from consultants.
Detailed design - Liaise with consultants (engineer, QS and energy consultants) and prepare detailed drawings and documents for building regulations and tender purposes. Research materials and write specifications. Make Building Regulations applications.
Tender action - Invite tenders, arrange access for builders. Mostly we procure contractors in the traditional way with a Minor Works Contract.
Contracts - Prepare and administer building contracts. The job involves going out on site a lot and we have an enjoyable and good non-adversarial relationship with several builders.
Other tasks – looking after the computers, IT, ordering stationary etc. You will also need to drive and have your own car, though most sites are within ten miles so there is not much traveling involved.
My architect colleague, Jane works three days a week – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30 am to 4 pm. My assistant, Kris is full time.
I live in London and come to the Office on Monday morning (arriving at 10.30), spend two days and try to leave for home back in London mid-afternoon on Tuesday. I spend Wednesdays in London, meet London clients and use the day as a quiet time to develop designs. I then come back to Norfolk on Thursday morning (arriving at 10.30) and leave for London on Friday mid-afternoon, except in the summer in the sailing season!
In addition to the principal tasks above, you will need to be an anchor person and bit of a personal assistant to me, taking and relaying the odd phone messages, keeping me abreast of what is happening in the office while I am away, etc.
Holidays and working hours
Bank holidays plus 30 days.
Working hours are 8.30 am to 5 pm, with a full hour for lunch.
You will never be expected to work overtime or meet clients at the weekend!