Principal Architectural Designer


To manage all aspects of Architectural Design to the required standards within the Architectural Design Studio for Concertus Design and Property Consultants.


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 Concertus
  • 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


Customer service:

  • Provide an efficient and business-like point of contact. This includes responding to internal and external enquiries (via face-to-face, telephone, email and virtual meeting platforms e.g. Microsoft Teams).
  • Lead conversations with clients
  • Deliver a consistent and professional level of customer service at all times to Clients and other practices within the industry
  • Excellence in advice towards to design quality and practicality of a project
  • Provide initial point of escalation for issues both internally and externally to support the team, the business and the clients


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 Concertus strategic business plan
  • To have a sound understanding of the Concertus strategic business plan, providing support accordingly
  • Cultivate new business clients and retain existing clients


How you act:

  • Professional, friendly and honest – Build good relationships with colleagues and understands the importance of confidentiality
  • Attention to detail – Able to deliver clear and accurate information
  • Team worker – You work collaboratively with your team to achieve better outcomes for customers
  • Service deliverer – You focus on delivering a service that provides great outcomes for our customers
  • Customer focused – you put the customer first
  • Shows initiative – you come up with ways of improving how we do things
  • Well organised – you plan and prioritise your work to ensure that deadlines are met. You have the ability to plan and multi-task and can work to strict deadlines
  • Willing to learn – you want to acquire new skills that will support you in your role
  • Flexible attitude – you are prepared to work flexibly to deliver the service


Measures of success:

  • Feedback from team members and line manager
  • Director feedback
  • Performance Objectives
  • Contribution to service
  • Team performance
  • Service improvements suggested
  • Accuracy and timeliness of support
  • Efficiency of systems and processes
  • Service delivered within budget and to agreed targets
  • Feedback from staff and managers across the business
  • Service delivery indicators
  • Customer feedback


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
  • Create a positive and professional first impression of Concertus
  • 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

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