Design Director Adjaye AssociatesLondon, England, GB
Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, the firm has offices in London, New York and Accra and has completed work in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
We are an award-winning and innovative architecture and design firm with work ranging from furniture, exhibitions and private houses to civic buildings and urban masterplans. The truly multicultural and multinational team at Adjaye Associates draws inspiration from a broad cultural discourse, resulting in a compelling body of work in Europe, USA, Africa and the Middle East.
We are seeking an individual with an architectural background who is focusing their career in project management. They will be an architect with five or more years’ experience who is already doing some level of project programming, internal resource management, administration of contracts, building regulation compliance, fee negotiation and management of budgets. They will be looking to move these skills into a business-wide role specialising in the above and moving away from the architectural aspects they may partake in currently.
Their job will be to get company projects built on time and to budget whilst protecting the integrity of the design and ensuring full compliance with regulations. This role requires an individual who is self-motivated, to work on programming, planning and resourcing.
Create an overall project programme with the project leader/project architect, client and external partners. Oversee and ensure project programme deadlines are met; challenge time frames to safeguard the design periods. Prepare detailed design programmes appropriate to the work stage clearly outlining objectives, and design team output to ensure the whole team has a clear understanding of how and what they need to contribute to meet contractual deadlines. Responsible for project programme and internal project budget management. During construction, ensure the project team reviews submittals and shop drawings, coordinates the response to RFIs; coordinating with the owner’s representatives, contractors and executive architects.
Internal resource management
Support and monitor the delivery of the project in line with the project brief, contractual framework and resource plan. Collaborate closely with the project leaders/project architects, structure the teams and workload effectively to ensure appropriate usage of resources. Identify and mitigate areas of risk/concern and their potential impact. Actively monitor the internal teams’ adherence to defined scope and ensure the project teams stay on track staying within what is required and not taking on tasks outside of their scope.
Calculation of fee proposals, review resourcing estimates and estimate build costs and generally manage all queries regarding appointments and contract administration including assisting in resolving any contractual issues. Work with project directors to negotiate terms of appointments. Prepare claims for additional services/fees that may arise as well as managing any disputes or potential claims.
Participate in sharing knowledge with other project teams through cross-team activities such as design reviews. Participate in learning activities, keep abreast of statutory regulations, technological developments and regularly attend internal studio talks and workshops. Develop professional and technical skills. Share knowledge, experience and lessons learned across the team and the wider studio.
Contribute to the maintenance of records of potential projects and projects. Prepare and analyse records quickly and clearly and in order to present to management.
Qualities and skills required:
- relevant, professional accreditation (Part 3 or equivalent)
- impeccable time-management, prioritisation and organisational skills
- able to work to tight deadlines
- excellent communication (written and verbal) skills
- a proactive approach to daily tasks
- able to work independently as well as part of a team
- methodical, accurate and consistent attention to detail
- able to manage sensitive and often confidential information
- appreciation of, and commitment to the business and growth of the practice
- IT literate, ideally with the ability to quickly format and update Gantt charts
- knowledge of professional services contract, such as Nec3 would be advantageous
- competitive salary
- opportunity for international travel
- creative studio team environment
- include a CV, portfolio (10MB maximum), cover letter and salary expectations detailing why you think you would be suited to the role
- please submit applications by September 30 2019, quoting reference ‘190930_DM’