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Principle Architectural Designer

Looking to join a well established local authority practice? They have strong links with the council and are now requiring a passionate and hard-working principle Architectural Designer - to join their 30 strong team in Derby.

Team leader:

Lead an Architectural team, supporting the business, team and colleagues to achieve maximum potential
Manage the team effectively with adherence to commercial performance and resource management via productivity and time methods
Support the Associates and Directors, linking effectively and proactively with other teams within the company
Work proactively and flexibly to support delivery across the service with commercial and solution focus
Take ownership for own personal development
Support the professional development of team members

Business delivery:

Be the authority for Architectural Designer matters (Conceptual/Technical/Compliance)
Assist in the development and delivery of new processes for the department
Ensure projects are completed on budget and to schedule
Prepare scheme designs with costings, programmes for completion of projects and specification of works
Prepare and present feasibility reports and high quality design proposals to the client
Work around constraining factors such as planning legislation, building regulations, environmental impact and project budget
Prepare applications for planning and building control
Prepare working drawings, details and specifications for pricing and construction issue
Choose materials to be used and the requirements for the project, based on site and environmental criteria
React and resolve issues which arise during the predesign/design/construction/post-construction stages of a project
Contract Administration
Lead and co-ordinate the project design team at all stages of projects

Business strategy:

Assist with leading the Architectural team strategy for the business
Support with the development of a team business plan linked to the practices strategic business plan
Cultivate new business clients and retain existing clients

It’s essential you have:

Degree in Architecture or equivalent
Have five+ years professional experience as an Architect
Strong design and drawing skills
A keen interest in buildings and the built environment
Excellent communication skills, written and oral, with the ability to liaise effectively with a range of other professionals
An understanding of the relationship between people, buildings and the wider environment
Chartership (you are an associate member of CIAT or RIBA) or have chartered membership with CIAT or RIBA
Microsoft Office proficiency
CAD proficiency


Discuss the objectives, requirements and budgets of projects
Liaise with construction professionals on the feasibility of potential projects
Communicate with all staff efficiently
Work closely with teams of other professionals such as Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Engineers and Architectural Assistants both internally and externally
Travel regularly to construction sites, proposed locations and client meetings
Lead on introducing more efficient and joined up projects and processes

BIM roles and responsibilities:

Ensuring asset Information requirements and/or MIDP requirements set out in the Employers Information Requirements are delivered on a BIM project
Enable reliable information exchange through a common data environment
Overall lead for configuration management and project outputs
Populate the information exchange format for the information model
Production of design outputs related to a discipline specific, package-based or time-based task
Undertake clash detection process and liaise with design team
Produce BIM compliant working drawings and specifications
Direct the production of task information in compliance with standards and methods
Assure delivery of information exchanges
Coordinated delivery of all design information
Enable integration and co-ordination of information within information model
Manage information development and information approvals
Confirm Design Deliverables
Direct the production of task information in compliance with standards and methods
Direct the production of task information using agreed systems
Propose resolutions to co-ordination clashes
Accept / reject information exchanges within the common data environment

Salary on offer will range up to £45,000 PA, and they are currently operating a 3 day office / 2 day home split across the company.


Please get in touch with Jack if this position may sound of interest to you. Jack is a consultant at mustard with a specialist regional approach to architectural recruitment. He works with private practices, multidisciplinary consultancies, developers and contractors across the Midlands including numerous AJ100 firms.

mustard are a specialist creative recruitment consultancy with offices in Bristol, London and Hong Kong. Established for over 11 years, they have a market-leading reputation for quality service and delivery across architecture, interior design and the creative industries.

Jack Perks | | +44 (0)203 854 1100 |

Principle Architectural Designer

Derby, UK

Published on 18 May 2022

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