Head of Heritage Architecture, Associate Director (Designate)

London NW1
Competitive salary + benefits package
27 Sep 2012
21 Oct 2012
HER/2709 must be quoted
Job Type

John McAslan + Partners (JMP) includes an award-winning heritage team with extensive expertise in the evaluation and considered adaptation of historic buildings and their sensitive urban contexts. The practice is well known for its understanding of the significance and value of historic buildings and sites and can offer an informed assessment of their inherent potential for change and renewal. Our philosophy is to use our knowledge, experience and specialist skills to unlock the value of historic fabric. Intellectual rigour, a strategic understanding and a holistic approach ensure that a building’s distinctive characteristics are retained and enhanced while future requirements, which may entail extensive interventions, are carefully and sensitively considered and developed.


Guided by the tenets of conservation best practice, our input will range from strategic advice on statutory requirements to meticulous analysis of historic materials and finishes. Our expertise, practical approach and ability to work with a variety of stakeholders, from international bodies to local groups, equips us to work on projects that range from development of the Grade 1-listed King’s Cross Station to the careful dismantling and transplanting of a historic house in the Arabian Gulf.


Working with a variety of designers, we create strikingly innovative architecture, ensuring vibrant and sustainable continuity for our historic inheritance.

This is a rare opportunity to join our successful practice at a senior level, to drive the strategy for Heritage and Adaptive re-use practice wide.

The successful candidate will expect to develop their career through actively contributing to JMP’s international award-winning portfolio with diverse and challenging projects working alongside several of the UK’s leading experts. Offering expert advice to clients relating to heritage assets (including listed buildings and conservation areas), refurbishment and adaptive re-use of historic buildings and sites, and new developments in historic environments. There will be opportunities to develop new business relationships and to undertake new and challenging heritage opportunities worldwide.  The candidate will lead a team involved in;


Heritage Appraisals

Conservation Plans

Schedules of Significance

Preparation of PPS5 Statements

Heritage Impact Assessments

Historic Building Appraisals and Character Area Appraisals

Schedule of Repair


The successful candidate is likely to be an experienced architect with excellent design skills with responsibility for project leadership, business development, client relations and staff development. They should have a strong understanding of sustainability and have an interest in JMP's practice initiatives ethos. 

Ideally already a practice leader in a historic environment you will have a credible industry profile and an in-depth understanding and passion for historic buildings and able to demonstrate direct and personal experience at the successful adaptive re-use of a variety of heritage buildings with demonstrable evidence of a practical engagement of all aspects of heritage and conservation construction and detailing.

Candidates should have recognised industry qualifications in architecture and conservation practice and have a proficiency with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and CAD (Microstation preferred). Proof of eligibility to work in the UK (without restriction) is required.

The practice, with studios in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Moscow, is proud of its excellent CPD training and mentoring programmes, and benefits including private medical care and travel insurance with BUPA, permanent health insurance, pension, assistance with professional fees, and family-friendly policies.


John McAslan + Partners Limited is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: 21st October 2012

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