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Architype is seeking a Part 1 architectural assistant to join its team working remotely in the UK.

Architype is seeking new staff who share our passion for high quality design, to join our expanding team delivering a growing portfolio of projects across the whole of the UK. As the UK’s leading Passivhaus architect, recently awarded Education Architect of the Year, and highly commended in the AJ100 Practice of the Year, Architype offers exceptional opportunities to be involved in projects at the cutting edge of zero carbon and sustainability. Our approach is inclusive and collaborative.

About Architype

Architype has an open and collaborative ethos with a common purpose – to deliver fantastic architecture that performs exactly as predicted. We have steadily grown over the last 35 years and are now a team of 70+ collaborating across three offices in Edinburgh, Hereford and London.

Architype has a rich history of pioneering low carbon design and a clear focus on how buildings work for people and the planet. We masterplan and design a wide range of buildings across the education, university, housing, community and cultural sectors. Our consultancy service PERFORM+ enables us to offer insight and cutting-edge technical expertise to clients.

Working culture at Architype is creative and caring. We work in a collaborative and supportive way that encourages fresh ideas and career progression, and we support flexible working for all.

Architype is regularly featured in the top five of Building’s Employer of the Year. We are 30% owned by the staff through an Employee Benefit Trust and are committed to becoming 100% employee owned in the future.

Due to the COVID pandemic, Architype staff are currently not office based until at least Autumn 2021. You would be expected to work remotely from home but would be fully supported and integrated into our collaborative team culture and would be linked to any of our three offices in Edinburgh, Hereford or London. You do not need to be resident in these three specific places but it would be useful if you were based in one of these general regions: West of England/Wales, Scotland, Greater London/South East.


  • competitive Salary which is aligned to the annual RIBA salary bandings survey
  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • 37.5 hour week – flexible working possible
  • pension benefits of 3% employer contribution and access to a company health scheme
  • opportunity to join an employee owned practice committed to employee training and development
  • opportunity to work with a team who care about people and the planet

To apply

Architype is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and staff engagement forums, to support staff from different backgrounds.

Please can we ask that you complete our equality and diversity monitoring form, please click on this link.

To apply

Send a 300-word statement, setting out how you meet the criteria in the job specification along with your CV and a brief portfolio (max size 5mB) via the ‘apply’ link below.

These posts will initially be offered as one-year contracts with the option of further extension.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 21st May 2021. The interview will be via VC dates to be confirmed.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we are sorry we cannot respond to all applications, so if you do not hear from us after the interview date above please assume that you have been unsuccessful.

Note that all applications will be treated in accordance with our GDPR policy. For more information, please click here.

Job description

A validated part 1 degree holder, Part 1 architectural assistants will be entrusted with day-to-day contact with clients and design teams and through their projects will assist in the furtherance of the strategic direction of the practice, its design ethos and quality management systems.

Part 1 architectural assistants will be expected to set and maintain high standards of design and assist in the establishment of sustainability targets for their projects. In general Part 1 architectural assistants will be expected to keep abreast of current legislation and government policies in respect of the built environment and contribute to topical professional debate, seminars internal project reviews and CPD’s as appropriate.

Part 1 architectural assistants may be expected to work on a number of separate projects and will be expected to assist the project architect to ensure that every project attains the highest design standard and is delivered in a profitable way.

Part 1 architectural assistants will be expected to be proficient in either of the key CAD programmes used by Architype – currently Vectorworks 2011 or Revit. They will also be expected to be proficient in Word, Excel, Filemaker and a basic proficiency in Powerpoint and InDesign.

In addition, Part 1 architectural assistants have the following responsibilities:

  • assist and support directors and senior staff in their tasks of winning work and managing the finances of the practice
  • contribute in staff training and personal development
  • assist with the development of client contacts, identification of work opportunities and preparation of submission documents
  • implement the quality [ISO 9001] and environmental [ISO 14001] management system in respect of project work under their control and general aspects for which they may be responsible including specifically:
  • filling out improvement logs
  • assisting in and maintaining the project design quality statement
  • provide information on their projects to assist in the programming and resource allocation/management
  • attend and contribute to regular design reviews
  • assist as required with the preparation and distribution of marketing material

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