Snr Architect - Arts Team Lead• Jan 2022

Architectural Staff · London, London, City of
Department Architectural Staff
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation £50k-£65k PAYE pa depending on experience

Contract Type:          Ongoing and full-time

Salary:                        Competitive, plus benefits

Responsible to:         Director

Location:                   Camden Town, North London

Advertised from:      4th January 2022

Applications by:       31st January 2022

Interviews:                February 3rd-18th

Start date:                 As soon as possible

The Role

David Kohn Architects is recruiting for the role of a senior architect to lead the studio's arts team. As a senior architect, you will have a pivotal leadership role in delivering challenging projects with leading consultants for inspiring clients within the arts sector. This includes public and private museums and galleries, cultural institutions, exhibitions design and collaborations with artists. Previous clients include the Royal Academy, V&A, ICA, Wellcome Trust, Design Museum, Sotheby's, Christie's, Stephen Friedman, Thomas Dane and Stuart Shave galleries. You will communicate regularly and effectively with our clients, collaborators and project team members, setting standards and targets and reporting on all key issues. The reward will be career development, ownership of project delivery and corresponding industry acknowledgement.

The role is extensive and varied, including:

  • An instrumental role in delivering some of the studio's key projects;
  • Implementing the studio's objectives and contributing to its wholistic success;
  • Championing the practice's legacy of successful projects in the arts sector (other sectors are Education, Masterplanning & Development, Houses & Interiors).

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 projects including a new campus for New College Oxford, a mixed use building in Birmingham in collaboration with a local arts organisation and an architecture faculty in Belgium. Previous arts projects include unique collaborations with artists Fiona Banner RA, Simon Fujiwara and Pablo Bronstein. Supporting our clients in the drive towards carbon negative futures is a critically important part of our current and future work.

Desired Outcomes

  • Deliver pipeline of new business to sustain the arts sector as outlined targets;
  • Help secure and deliver potential projects that are currently at feasibility stage;
  • Design projects to the standard and ambition of the studio;
  • Lead and embody the studio's culture of collaboration and design;
  • Build and develop a high performing team;

    Experience and Skills

    • Qualification: At least 8 years post-part 3 qualification or equivalent;
    • Project running: Experience of leading high profile arts projects with a construction value of at least £10M;
    • Focus: Ability to multitask, lead projects and drive new business with equal focus;
    • Network: Excellent connections in the industry with potential clients and delivery partners in order to drive new business and select the right collaborators;
    • Leadership: Excellent team leadership skills, ability to successfully lead bids, projects and design competitions;
    • Business-orientated: Commercially astute with track record of projects delivered within constraints such as agreed timescales, construction cost and internal resource budget;
    • Firmness: A quick decider with a forceful stand without being overly abrasive;
    • Attention to detail: Proactively spots key issues and drives solutions to keep projects on track.
    • Analytical skills: Ability to structure and process qualitative and quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibit a probing mind and achieve penetrating insights;
    • Mentor: Ability to motivate, coach and support a team of creatives and more experienced architects to successfully deliver projects, whilst working closely within a team;
    • Design Excellence: Sound judgement based on thorough technical understanding;
    • Strategic vision: Sales and new business planning and execution using CRM and other tools
    • Communication: A confident communicator with colleagues, clients, and in leading large meetings. First class writing and sketching skills;
    • Commercial awareness: Ability to spot opportunities and propose correct fees / variations to directors;
    • CAD:  Ability to produce required design with the support of the team;
    • Insight: Thorough knowledge of arts venue technical requirements
    • Organisation: Highly organised with great attention to detail. Capacity to delegate effectively and meet multiple conflicting deadlines;
    • Sustainability champion: Proactive in driving improvements. Willingness to develop and test new approaches and strategies to implement and exceed low carbon targets;



    • Competitive salary and performance related bonus;
    • Profit share bonus scheme;
    • Competitive workplace pension;
    • Training (formal and informal);
    • Annual office trip (COVID permitting);
    • Tickets to evening lectures (COVID permitting);
    • Friday lunches and evening drinks (COVID permitting).

    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 at David Kohn Architects; 

    • 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
      Senior Manager/Supervisor
    • Compensation
      £50k-£65k PAYE pa depending on experience