A Pause For Thought

A child asks “What do architects do?” “We draw pictures of buildings and people build them.” This sinks in. “I am going to be an architect!” It is a wonderful profession – the result of the work is built – presents every day. But it is not without frustrations and difficulties – and we have a big task – half of energy consumption is through buildings, and construction is wasteful. We must tackle these issues – buildings mirror the culture that creates them.

Architects take their place within a construction industry meeting a requirement for habitation. In the UK, the profession requires a minimum seven years training (and then at least another five or six before you become fluent at your work) the ability to stretch when deadlines need to be met, impartiality, tact, to be a team player,  leadership, and a sense of humour. It’s a vocation, like being a teacher or musician. You have to want to build. However far you look there are always new and better ways – construction is the art of the possible.

General Notes & Job Applications

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Job Vacancies

We currently have the following vacancy:

Senior architect/associate/director

Marcus Beale Architects are looking for a senior architect/associate/director.

The job involves running a number of projects at MBA
working within a team of 25 people engaged in a wide variety of projects across sectors:

  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Commercial.

The practice has a conservation approach, specialising in a detailed analysis of existing sites and their significance, careful consultation, producing startling new buildings in old places. We have a large number of repeat and long term clients.

The applicant will:

  • Be 10 years plus qualified
  • Have experience of successful delivery of complex projects in the UK
  • Have an interest in conservation and knowledge of architectural history
  • Have sound knowledge of construction including working on old buildings
  • Be a good designer, in tune with MBA core principles
  • Have good senior management skills: be organised, resourceful, capable of strategic thinking, good at delegation, highly professional and self motivated

The applicant may:

  • Have a special interest in housing, since MBA’s housing portfolio is expanding
  • Be an accredited conservation architect
  • Be interested in music and acoustics.

Salary: competitive based on experience and qualifications

Applicants are invited to submit their portfolio and CV to



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