An opportunity to join Transition by Design as a Part 1 architectural assistant

Opportunity for a Part 1 Architectural Assistant in a unique Architecture Co-operative based in Oxford

Basic details

Position: Architectural Assistant (RIBA Part I)

Hours: 30-37.5 hours per week (4-5 days)

Salary: £25,642 pro rata (minimum)*

Contract: One year fixed-term

Opens: Monday 20th May 2024

Closes: Monday 17th June 2024

Interviews: Week of Monday 24th June 2024

Start date: Anytime from Monday 15th July 2024

Transition by Design (T/D) is an Oxford-based architecture practice, workers’ co-operative and community interest company (CIC) founded in 2011. We offer varied expertise from community-led housing to Passivhaus design, urban design and participatory design.

Our work is motivated by the belief that collaboration combined with good design can solve complex problems and improve the world we live in. As an interdisciplinary co-operative we have access to a range of skillsets that can unlock solutions to complex problems. We’re passionate about using these skills to make the world a better place by design.

Architectural Assistant

Transition by Design (T/D) is recruiting for a Part 1 Architectural Assistant to join its studio in Oxford. We are seeking an individual who has:

Essential skills:

  • Minimum RIBA Part 1 or equivalent
  • Experienced with ArchiCAD, Vectorworks, Revit or similar and representation software
  • High level of proficiency in using Adobe Suite and Indesign in particular
  • Strong drawing and representational skills
  • Excellent time management, organisation and planning skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to think creatively and problem-solve through design

Desireable skills:

  • Technical knowledge of low energy and ecological design
  • Experience in community engagement and participatory urban design through workshop delivery and design engagement
  • Experienced with ArchiCAD
  • An interest in learning and development
  • Knowledge of, or interest in, co-operative organisational structures
  • A healthy interest in or experience of social or environmental activism
  • Experience of needs-based communication or similar
  • Keen to learn to produce planning, tender and construction drawing packages

Person Specification

You will be a creative and progressive individual who is committed to challenging the role of the architect in society and building on our experience of ecological design and beautiful architecture. You will be an individual with a passion for citizen-led development, affordable housing and social enterprise. We are considering applicants who have just graduated or have completed the degree and had some experience of work in architectural practice. Previous experience in practice is not essential but beneficial.

You will have excellent communication and graphic design skills, and a willingness to engage with co-operative forms of governance. Most importantly, you will demonstrate a commitment to the mission and values of Transition by Design. Can engage with clients, project stakeholders and colleagues with a confident, professional and friendly attitude.

You will be proficient at using or quick to learn ArchiCAD and the Adobe Creative Suite and will be quick to adapt to using new forms of software and remote working tools.

You will be able to work in our studio in Oxford at least 2 days per week and attend regular site meetings in and around Oxfordshire.

Working at T/D

As a cooperative we strive to ensure we have a supportive and engaging work environment. Here is a taste of how we work at Transition by Design:

  • We value each others’ contribution as a cooperative, and we place a high priority on wellbeing and thriving at work. We offer benefits such as a wellbeing budget, dependent leave and a training budget.
  • We offer membership to employees, once they have passed their probation, meaning you can have a say in the decision making and functioning of the cooperative.
  • Your week to week can be dynamic within the cooperative. We take a range of different approaches in the important work of addressing design, systemic and societal issues around architecture and housing: designing low carbon housing, influencing retrofit strategies at a policy level, participatory workshop delivery, engaging communities in designing community-led housing, technical detailing etc.
  • *We use years of experience to place you within one of our pay bands, cost of living (depending on where you are primarily resident) and year at T/D as a calculation for your wage. Years of experience includes all relevant work experience, time spent caring for dependents or limited capacity to work due to health related factors.
    • We have developed a pay system which aims to meet individual needs, overall financial capacity, systemic needs (e.g mission, future team members, responsibility to the wider world), as well as pre-existing social security structures and various legal regulations. Feel free to enquire about this during the application process.
  • We are proud to be black-led and have a 50/50 gender balance. We have an inclusive and transparent recruitment policy. We encourage all to apply but in particular candidates from diverse and under represented backgrounds.

How to Apply

Download the full Job Pack here.

Please apply via the online Application Form.

Please complete our Equal Opportunities form here.

No personal information will be seen by anyone involved in the interview process. The equalities form will only be used for improving our recruitment processes. See the forms for more information on how your data will be held and used.

Interviews are held over Zoom (If a virtual interview is not possible please let us know).

Any questions please email recruitment[at]transitionbydesign.org

The deadline for applications is 23:59 Monday 17th June 2024.

The above equalities form is optional and anonymous. They will not be used during the interview process and the results will be stored on a confidential and secure system which only the HR lead has access to. The gathering of this information helps Transition by Design to maintain a diverse and relevant set of voices and approaches to the built environment.