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BlackSofa is a brand new type of architectural recruitment agency. A new fresh approach, yet with years of experience behind it.

At the core of our approach is a fabulous line up of talent. Every member of our team comes with almost unbeatable credentials; in fact the team has over 50 years combined top-flight architectural and recruitment experience.

The foundations for our future success will come from a very simple philosophy: only hire the very best so we can give you the very best.

Giving you the very best means building careers that go way beyond expectations.

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Project Assistant (12773)

London

Permanent

£27,000 - £3,000

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Are you are looking for a fun, creative and fulfilling working environment? A culture where you are challenged to produce your best every day but where you feel you can ask for help and will be 100% supported.

One of our very best clients, a highly regarded and award winning architecture practice in North London is looking to add a Project Assistant to the team.

They need someone with good InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft skills who has a keen eye for detail. This is a key role supporting the work of three design studios to ensure the smoothing running of projects so fantastic organisation, efficiency and communication is paramount.

Previous experience within an architecture studio is all preferable.

Sound like you? Get in touch now for full details!

Posted by: Thomas Potter

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Freelance Architect – High End Residential (12724)

London

Temporary

£0

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South West London Architectural studio on the look out for an experienced Architect to join their team on a freelance basis.

They are seeking a AutoCAD wizz to jump on board and produce strong 3D models as well as technical drawings for a new project. They work on predominately Residential projects that vary in scale. This role would ideally suit a freelancer that is looking for flexibility (potentially remote work). This is initially to work on one project, but if all goes well this could be a great opportunity to stay in touch and work on future projects as they are very busy.

If you are between projects, looking for your next freelance role – look no further!

They are offering great hourly rates and flexibility – immediate start!

Interviews are taking place immediately so do not miss out on the opportunity, send your CV and portfolio no larger than 10mb to smudiliyar@blacksofalondon.com

Posted by: Sonet Mudiliyar

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Landscape Architect (11706)

London

Permanent

£32,000 - £38,000

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I have been retained by a leading multi-disciplinary studio in North London to search for a mid-weight landscape architect to join their growing team

The successful candidate will have:

– Between 2-4 years’ post-graduate professional experience?
– Strong presentation skills

– Strong experience of technical detailing

– A passion for design in a collaborative setting.

– Ideally have experience working on UK based residential, education or healthcare projects, however this is not essential

If you would like to hear more details about this role please call 0207 033 8821 or send your Cv and portfolio to kbrown@blacksofalondon.com

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Urban Designer (12689)

Reading

Permanent

£25,000 - £35,000

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I am working with a global studio in Reading to search for an Urban Designer/Masterplanner to work on incredible large scale international projects. I am keen to hear from candidates with:

– Atleast 2 years experience of working on medium to large scale complex  masterplanning projects.

– The ability to confidently present to clients and support complex projects

– Strong AutoCAD, Adobe CS, Sketchup and 3D Vizualisation skills, a knowledge of GIS would also be beneficial

If you would like to hear more about this role please call Kerry in the London office on 0207 033 8821 or send your CV and portfolio to kbrown@blacksofalondon.com

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Senior Landscape Architect (11602)

London

Permanent

£32,000 - £42,000

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I am working with a leading global multi-disciplinary design studio in Central London to search for a talented and ambitious Senior Landscape Architect to join their growing team to work on a portfolio of exciting international projects:

The role will be responsible for:

– Work as part of the design team to develop landscape designs for various stages including: Concept, Schematic, Design Development, and Tender Preparation

– Project Manage the landscape component of medium to large projects

– Supervise the work of the landscape design firm in charge of the development of the design in order to safeguard the original meaning of the design.

– Support the studio director during project presentations to the design review board

Required Skills and qualifications:

–  CMLI Chartered or 5 or more years equivalent experience

– Proficient in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite and Sketchup. Knowledge of Rhino and/or Revit would be an advantage

– Experience of retail, mixed use and hospitality projects would be advantageous but not essential

– Experience of working on large scale international projects

– Ability to direct and mentor junior members of staff

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity please call Kerry in the London office on 0207 033 8821

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Junior Landscape Architect x 3 (12571)

London

Permanent

£24,000 - £34,000

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Junior Landscape Architect wanted for an amazing new multi-disciplinary Studio in Reading (25 mins door to door from London Paddington) to work on an exciting portfolio of international and UK projects. The studio are growing at an incredible rate and are working on some world class developments.

 

The successful candidate will have:

 

A Batchelors/Masters in Landscape Architecture
2-3 years post graduate experience
Experience of working on international projects would be advantageous but not essential
Ability to work as part of a team supporting defined elements of the project
Experience of working across all stages of development
Experience of diagrammatic analysis, conceptual design and technical detailings
Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe CS and Sketchup, also knowledge of Revit, Civil 3D or GIS would be advatageous

 

If you would like to hear more about this opportunity please get in touch with Kerry from the London office on 0207 033 8821 or send your CV to kbrown@blacksofalondon.com

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Associate/ Senior Associate Landscape Architect (12691)

London

Permanent

£45,000 - £65,000

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I am working with an award winning global studio in Central London to search for an Associate Landscape Architect and Senior Associate Landscape Architect. I am keen to hear from candidates with:

– Experience of managing a design team

– Experience of managing large scale complex international and UK projects

– A track record of implementing processes and work flows across a design team

– Design flair, and the ability to lead and mentor a design team

If this role sounds of interest please call Kerry in the London office on 0207 033 8821 or send your CV and portfolio to kbrown@blacksofalondon.com

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Project Manager (12528)

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £40,000

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One of our best clients is using technology to revolutionise the interior design industry. They are the UK’s fastest growing source for furniture and lighting, with thousands of interior designers and architects using their platform to manage their projects from inspiration to installation.

Due to increased growth and as their projects are getting larger, they now need a Project Manager who has more experience of managing larger and more complex ordering, delivery and installation and post-sale support.

This challenging and rewarding role will be based out of our clients incredible Shoreditch studio – a bustling, fun and supportive environment for any experienced PM to work in.

On offer is a great salalry, bonus scheme and industry topping benenfits package.

For a full job description get in touch now!

Posted by: Thomas Potter

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Sales Support (12368)

London

Permanent

£25,000 - £32,000

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Our client is using technology to revolutionise the interior design industry. They are the UK’s fastest growing source for furniture and lighting, with thousands of interior designers and architects using their platform to manage their projects from inspiration to installation.

As their business grows they are increasingly in need of experienced, dynamic and flexible Sales Support people to join their team. If you have experience working in the furniture and interiors industry and want to progress into an Account Manager position there is no better company to join right now!

Please get in touch for full details.

Posted by: Thomas Potter

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Experienced Architect – Bespoke Residential projects (12682)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £42,000

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An opportunity has arisen for 2 x Experienced Architects for an award winning London multi-disciplinary studio. The successful candidate will have:

– Proficiency in Vectorworks (Training will be provided) / Revit would be an added advantage.

– 3 to 5 years post Part III experience

– Experience across all RIBA stages

– Experience working on Large Residential Schemes

This is a permanent position and offering to pay up to £42,000 for the right candidate depending on level of ability and experience.

Interviews are taking place immediately so do not miss out on the opportunity, send your CV and portfolio no larger than 10mb to smudiliyar@blacksofalondon.com

Posted by: Sonet Mudiliyar

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News

Top Four Universities to Study Architecture in the UK

Steve Buss 11th Oct 2019

It is always really difficult when deciding which university will provide the best education for you. I have found the top 4 universities in the UK for Architecture. This is according to the complete university guide’s Architecture League Table 2020.

 

1: Bath

The University of Bath has featured at the top of the Architecture UK university rankings a number of times. It is very competitive and certainly held in high regard. In a study to evaluate graduate destination and employers in 2017, leavers went on to secure roles with some of the notable firms such AHMM, Grimshaw and Purcell. Very impressive!

https://www.bath.ac.uk/departments/department-of-architecture-civil-engineering/

 

 

2: Cambridge

Their architecture department specializes in urban and contextual design, teaching, and sustainable building design research. It is no secret that The University of Cambridge is extremely well known and the conditions to securing a position are definitely no walk in the park. They are known to have some of the highest rates of employment across Architecture departments an impressive 98% of graduates securing employment/further study 6 months after graduating and even more impressive, a 85% of graduates going directly into employment.

https://www.arct.cam.ac.uk/

 

 

3: Sheffield

They provide undergraduate degrees in Architecture, and Architecture and Landscape. They also offer the chance to opt for the four-year MEng degree in Structural Engineering and Architecture. The University of Sheffield have excellent links with the architecture profession through their industry partnerships and their network of graduates. They often have guest lectures from Architects who lead some of the UK’s top practices. They also host a Summer Exhibition employer’s event; this allows final year students to meet architects who are actively looking to employ graduates.

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/architecture

 

 

4: UCL

It is no surprise that every year, the world-renowned Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London are listed as one of the top universities in the UK for Architecture. I mean, they are situated amongst some of England’s most well known structures. So it is safe to say, there will be no lack of inspiration! Earlier this year, they launched a new 5 years integrated masters degree and have started to accept application as of this month! This is an accelerated model, compressing the part 1 and 2 route, along with a final year on placement into a 5-year consecutive course.

 

There you have it! The top four universities rated for 2019, if you are looking to have a career within Architecture, you can certainly add these to your lists!

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/

By Sonet Mudiliya

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