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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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Urban Designer (13740)

Central London

Contract, Permanent

£30 - £40

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We are working with one of the leading international studios based in Central London to search for a mid-weight urban designer/masterplanner to work on large scale international hospitality led masterplans.

We are open to both contract and permanent options for this role, however right to work in the UK is a pre-requisite for this role

  • Mid-weight experience in landscape architecture / urban design
  • Experience in international masterplanning projects
  • Knowledge of concept through to detailed design
  • Experience in working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience in creatively solving design challenges
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Adobe Suite, MS Office (GIS or Rhino an advantage)
  • Postgraduate Degree in Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
  • Strong communication skills in English (proficiency in another language an advantage)

Please get in touch at kbrown@blacksofalondon.com for more details on this role

 

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Project Architect (13737)

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £42,000

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A well known and renowned architecture and interior design practice in South West London would like to add a Project Architect to their growing team due to them accepting a number of exciting new projects.

The role requires an experienced Part III Architect who has extensive experience working on high end residential projects in London and the home counties. A good understanding of working in conservation areas would also be a huge bonus.

The role will be based full time in the riverside office once life returns to normal so there will be no option of remote working.

This a great opportunity for someone to run intricate and detailed projects of a incredible high quality for some loyal clients.

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Project Lead Architect – Hospitality (11520)

Central London, London

Permanent

£40,000 - £45,000

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Exciting times ahead for this award winning London practice as they have secured a new hotel project and are on the look out for a Lead senior Architect.

If you feel you have got everything out of your current employment and want something new and exciting and to work in the heart of London in beautiful offices then carry on reading as this could be the role for you.

Skills required for this role

-Must have large scale resort experience

-Must have Masterplanning experience

-Must have experience in being a lead Architect for a large scale project ideally hotel projects

-Proficiency in Revit and AutoCAD is essential

-A minimum of 7 years experience as a qualified ARB/RIBA Architect

On offer is a basic salary of up too £55,000p/a depending on level of ability and experience.

If you have all the skills required then apply now by sending your CV and portfolio no larger than 10mb to be considered for an interview now.

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Architectural Technician (11576)

London

Permanent

£27,000 - £35,000

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Fantastic opportunity with London based practice who are on the look out for an Architectural Technician to join their team on a permanent position due to securing new projects.

This established company have had a good 2019 so far and are busy than ever. I am looking for ideally a mid level Technician with good Technical experience working on UK based projects, you MUST have good knowledge of the UK standards and experience producing working drawings and drawings for planning applications. Ideally you will have good knowledge and experience on the construction stage also. You must be proficient on AutoCAD, any Revit skills would be an advantage.

This is a permanent position and on offer is a basic salary of up too £35,000 depending on level of ability and experience.

We are ideally looking for suitable applicants that either live local in London or within a reasonable commute.

Apply now by sending your CV and portfolio no larger than 10mb to be considered for the position.

 

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Architectural Technician (11632)

Bracknell

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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Great opportunity with of of my clients based in Reading, they are looking for an Architectural Technician to join their team due to winning new projects and an increased workload.

My client specialises on the Residential sector and have taken on a new project which requires them to hire an extra pair of hands to join the team.

We are looking for a Mid level Architectural Technician with strong working drawings skills and good knowledge and understanding of the UK building standards. Proficiency on AutoCAD essential any Revit experience would be ideal but not essential.

I am ideally looking for candidates either based in Reading or within a reasonable commute.

This is a permanent position and on offer is a salary of up too £35,000 depending on level of ability and experience.

Apply now by sending your CV and portfolio no larger than 10MB now to be considered for this position.

 

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Architectural Technologist (12828)

Permanent

£32,000 - £35,000

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Calling all Architectural Technologists, an AJ100 practice in the heart of London is looking for you!

You must have the following to be considered for this role;

Minimum of two years experience, including housing and built projects;
A degree in Architectural Technology, or ACIAT/MCIAT qualification or equivalent relevant UK experience within an architectural/technical practice.
Experience of UK urban or suburban housing design and master planning
Site experience
Experience on projects stages 3-7
AutoCAD and Revit knowlegde

Apply now to be considered for this opportunity by sending your CV and portfolio to kbrown@blacksofalondon.com.

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Urban Designer (13318)

London

Permanent

£22,000 - £35,000

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I am working with a global studio in London 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 (13455)

Reading

Contract

£0

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We are working with a leading consultancy in Reading to search for TWO Landscape Architects for an initial 6-8 month contract with the option to extend or go permanent.

You will be working closely with the director of Landscape Architecture to take ownership and responsibility for the schematic and detailed design stages of key design areas of the project. You will coordinate directly with a wide variety of engineering, architecture and other design disciplines. This is a fabulous project for your portfolio and an excellent opportunity to learn and develop your skills.This role would suit someone with:

– At least 3 years experience, ideally working on large scale international projects within the MENA region.
– Experience of taking projects through to tender with particular experience in Schematic and detailed design.
– Experience of working with different disciplines such as Architects, Engineers, Lighting and Wayfinding Consultants
– Strong technical design skills (AutoCAD is essential. Revit and GIS beneficial
– Excellent graphic design skills (Adobe suite and PowerPoint)

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Project Manager (12691)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £55,000

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I am working with an award winning landscape studio in Central London to search for a Project Manager. I am keen to hear from candidates with:

– 2-5 years experience of managing construction or landscape projects

– Experience of managing medium scale complex UK projects

– A track record of implementing processes and work flows

– Experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams

If this role sounds of interest please call Kerry in the London office on 07711761185 or send your CV and portfolio to kbrown@blacksofalondon.com

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Account Manager (14020)

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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We are working closely with one of the most trusted and well respected furniture dealerships in London to help them find an experienced Account Manager.

 

Working out of an RIBA award winning studio in the heart of Clerkenwell this is a fantastic opportunity to work for a supportive company that’s mission statement is to be “the most trusted” dealership in the industry. Service is prioritised over profit and that is taken very seriously. This means that you will need to have solid experience at brining in business but also seeing projects through to completion at discretion. Making sure your clients are fully satisfied.

 

A good team, an excellent commission structure and the opportunity to work with some great clients awaits the right person so get in touch now for full details!

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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News

GROWING FOR WELLBEING WEEK – BLACKSOFA’S FAVOURITE GARDENS.

Steve Buss 10th Jun 2021

GROWING FOR WELLBEING WEEK – BLACKSOFA’S FAVOURITE GARDENS.

It’s Growing for Wellbeing Week!

“Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and GYO in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief.”

To celebrate this and encourage you to celebrate all things growing, we’re showing you two of Black Sofa’s favourite garden inspirations!

First up, we have the iconic Chatsworth House Estate & Gardens:

 

 

“My favourite garden in the UK sits on the edge of the Peak District. Designed by the famous landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and then later additions by Joseph Paxton (of Kew Gardens fame) it really is a pleasure to explore. Chatsworth house has many restaurants, pubs and a farm shop that are all supplied by the crops and produce from the gardens and surrounding 1,000 ache estate and is a must visit if you are ever in Derbyshire!” Thomas, BlackSofa MD

 

 

Next, we have the truly enchanting Lost Gardens of Heligan:

“Anyone who has ever read the book or watched the movie: The Secret Garden will be able to relate to this story. In the early 19th Century: Heligan, a thousand acre estate near Mevagissey, Cornwall was at its zenith. A monumental 16th century gardenesque style walled garden and grounds. Sitting on the temperate peninsula fed by the warming Gulf Stream, which provides the perfect conditions for growing some of the many tropical plants brought back from abroad by traders and explorers during the last 400 years such as Dicksonia Antartica (tree ferns) from Tasmania, Gunnera Manicata from Northern Brazil which combine to form sprawling tropical rainforest like conditions within the borders of the UK.

With the outbreak of WW1, most of the local men went away to fight the war including the custodians and gardeners of the estate, with many sadly not coming home. The estate was left to disrepair until a chance encounter in 1990 when a secret gate was discovered with the message etched into the stone arch “Do not come here to sleep or slumber: August, 1914” signed by all the groundsmen. The grounds were left unattended to overgrow for nearly 80 years until a team of local volunteers led by the now world renowned Tim Smit (The Eden Project) prised their way in and spent the next decade cutting back, pruning and restoring the gardens to their original splendour.

 

 

The 80 years of un-capped growth has led to some enormous rhododendrons and camelia’s some of which are over 200 years old. They also fully restored the house walled veg and salad gardens which incorporates an ingenious 16th Century compost heating system which is piped into the large original greenhouses and cold frames to provide heat during the winter to some of the tropical fruits and veg again mostly brought back from the tropics centuries ago.

The lost gardens of Heligan is my favourite garden in the UK as it is local to where I am from, contains probably the best tropical collection in the UK and the fact it has been left to re-wild for 80 years provides a unique resonance to the incredible story behind the gardens and the sympathetic restoral project led by the dedicated volunteers. A true national treasure!” – Kerry, BlackSofa Principal consultant.

To find out more about Growing For Wellbeing Week and how you can take part, visit

National Growing for Wellbeing Week

 

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