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.

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Job Vacancies

Newly qualified architect

A position for a newly qualified architect, initially as maternity cover, but may be extended to a full time position. This would suit a talented designer interested in applying cutting edge design and sustainability skills to new build and alterations in sensitive locations.


We are looking for a new associate to manage a number of projects within the practice and with potential to become a director. You must have a track record of successful delivery of projects of medium complexity, and the ability to manage several projects at once. A strong designer with good administrative skills and an interest in conservation. Preferably an accredited conservation architect.

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