Part 3 Architect Feb 2021

Architectural Staff · London, London, City of
Department Architectural Staff
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Commensurate on experience.

The Role

As an Architect at David Kohn Architects, you will have a pivotal role in delivering ambitious packages, sections of projects or whole projects with leading consultant teams for inspiring and often demanding clients. You will be the day-to-day project / package lead and are expected to take responsibility for the role and to communicate regularly and effectively with your junior team members and line managers on progress and any issues. The reward will be career development, ownership of project / package delivery and corresponding colleague and industry acknowledgement.

The Practice

David Kohn Architects was established in 2007 and has gained an international reputation for the quality of its design. We collaborate with our clients, consultant teams and end users to deliver highly tailored schemes that exceed expectations. We are currently working on major projects including an architecture faculty in Belgium, a university campus in Oxford and creative workspace buildings in Greenwich. Supporting our clients in the drive towards carbon negative futures is an important part of our current and future work.

Key Responsibilities & Duties

  • DKA Values: Embody DKA’s values of collaboration, research and cultural engagement;
  • Professionalism: Exercise sound judgement;
  • Project Values: Develop the strategic direction, vision and intent of each project with guidance from your line manager;
  • Appointment: Be fully conversant in the terms of DKA’s appointment and the limits of our responsibilities and scope of services. Ensure a design responsibility matrix is established for each RIBA (or other agreed such as AIA or German HOAI) Work Stage;
  • Collaboration: Be a day-to-day client contact. Meet with construction professionals, statutory organisations and clients to agree and resolve designs. If DKA are design team leaders, co-ordinate the design team’s efforts and steer them towards timely design. Visit proposed locations, clients and building sites, which may include overseas travel;
  • Project Continuity: Review all historic relevant project information to understand the decisions that led to the current state of the project. Be a champion for the historic design decisions but be prepared to develop the design as required;
  • Design: Be conversant with the DKA Design Guide. Liaise with your line manager to ensure design reviews are held at least fortnightly with the Director. Be conversant in DKA precedent projects, relevant details and design strategies and apply this to preparation and presentation of proposals, including detailed drawings, material or product selection and specifications. Understand the design background of the project and how this will impact decisions such as selection of consultants or the design development;
  • Planning: Ensure your package / project has an appropriately comprehensive and up to date resource plan, milestones, activities and deliverables to enable successful completion;
  • Reporting: Report weekly to your line manager on the progress of the project against milestones, relaying any issues requiring attention;
  • Management and Control: Follow DKA’s, good industry and project specific requirements with respect to running projects including aesthetic, technical and commercial aspects;
  • Project Management: Ensure wider project goals are achieved on time and within the agreed budget through continuous and effective engagement with all stakeholders from clients to design teams, local communities and end users;
  • Quality Assurance: Maintain digital and paper project filing. Ensure adherence to DKA’s Quality Assurance procedures and good industry practice, including that all information to be issued is checked by the appropriate person;
  • Construction: View the construction of buildings and act to adhere to the original design and resolve issues that arise;
  • CPD: Maintain appropriate and up to date professional skills, knowledge of the industry and DKA policies, standards, procedures and guides, including studying relevant rules and regulations to ensure projects fall within all constraints;
  • Line Management: Oversee work by other Architects and Assistants as required;
  • manage teams effectively, efficiently and in line with the studio’s guidelines and in accordance with the Employee Handbook;
  • contribute to wider resourcing considerations, including studio work planning, team development and recruitment;
  • mentor junior staff and nurture their skills in line with the studio’s objectives (See DKA Studio Mentors document);
  • Business Development: Assist with, and foster client and consultant relationships and contribute to business development. Take part in or lead competitions;
  • Management Team: Contribute to internal staff meetings, including weekly team meetings and contribute to or lead working groups such as IT, people or research;
  • Administration: Carry out general office duties such as printing, tidying or day-to-day correspondence;
  • Research: Lead project related research.

In addition to these duties, you are required to carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required.

How to Apply

Applications should be made through the practice’s online job board at and requires:

  • A cover letter explaining how you meet all the criteria for the post, and why you want to work for DKA; 

  • CV detailing previous experience and qualifications;
  • A portfolio of up to eight sides of A4 showing examples of relevant projects;
  • We will only be able to enter into correspondence with shortlisted candidates; 

  • Direct applications, no recruitment agencies please;
  • David Kohn Architects is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
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  • Location
    London, London, City of
  • Department
    Architectural Staff
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Commensurate on experience.