Congratulations to Swain Architecture’s Adam on completing his Architectural qualifications
We’re really pleased to announce that our team-mate Adam Salton-Mayers is now a fully qualified architect! in Augus 2023 he passed his final Architecture exams and has now passed his Part III qualification, which is what all Architects have to do following their BA hons Architecture Degree – a five year process in total! We’re super proud of him; he’s dedicated, hard working and generally a lovely chap to have around. Everyone at Swain Architecture is looking forward to continuing to work with him as his career flourishes. Well done Adam.
Architectural Technologist / Architect
Do you thrive on seeing a ‘Build’ come to life? If you are an experienced technologist or technically focused architect looking for a new role, that is both challenging and thought-provoking – then this is the role for you.
The ideal candidate will display a passion for detail, with previous experience of bringing client visions to life. Demonstrating strong design and technical capabilities, you will have experience across all RIBA Stages particularly working at RIBA Stages 4-6, with a focus on both quality, precision and client service.
Perhaps you have worked on commercial projects, and are now looking to apply your technical knowledge to modern, contemporary homes. Maybe you have worked in a larger practice and are looking to take more ownership of projects.
You will demonstrate an ability of taking ownership of a project following planning approvals at stage 3 through to completion, be a team player but equally comfortable working autonomously, using your own initiative to meet customer expectations. With a passion and desire to go the extra mile, you will be key in driving the business forward to a successful future.
At Swain Architecture, we are a small RIBA Chartered Practice. A friendly team, based in Long Eaton, committed to getting the job done in a (fun) supportive and collaborative office environment. Our team continues to expand its knowledge of Architecture, working closely and sharing ideas, whilst striving to be the best we can.
What to expect from the role…
You will be given a robust introduction to the company, our processes and work environment.
You will then work on a range of projects across our exciting portfolio; you will be taking ownership and working on a number of projects that are going into RIBA Stage 4, ranging from bespoke, one-off extensions and new-build houses, to small scale residential developments .
What we are looking for…
- Min 1-2 years’ experience post-qualification / degree level
- A good understanding of UK Building Regs
- Have experience working on RIBA stages 4 onwards, in project delivery & running jobs on site.
- Great attention to detail
- ArchiCAD OR Revit proficiency preferred, but training will be provided
- Driven, motivated and able to take ownership of personal development
- Curious to research and develop solutions to architectural problems
- Can deliver an excellent client experience
- Good team player with a supportive and positive nature
- Full driving licence
What can Swain offer…
- Flexible working hours etc…
- 25 days holiday + statutory bank holidays
- Calendar of CPD activities in line with RIBA requirements
- Supportive and collaborative team
- Professional memberships
- Team socials/activities – Summer/Christmas party
- Company bonus scheme
- Professional development is encouraged and supported.
This position is being offered on a full-time, permanent basis and CVs will be considered for Technically-driven Architects, as well as Architectural Technologists.
In this role you will be working alongside our Architects and Junior team members. You will be focusing on projects from Stage 4 onwards.
If this sounds like you, please send your CV, salary expectations and portfolio (to include examples of stage 4 work) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 30th September 2022
You will only be contacted if your application has been successful.
All successful candidates will follow a 2-part interview process.
The Benefits of Working with an Architect
The Benefits of Working with an Architect
Whether it is your first time considering employing an architectural practice or whether you are a seasoned developer it is always good to question the value you get from the professionals you employ to realise your dreams. In this thought piece we discuss the benefits of employing an architect and the value that can deliver.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
When designing a new home or re-imagining a building there are sometimes some misunderstandings about the role an architectural practice can play within the design and build process. Some think that architects are there to employ and project manage a builder, some think they are only there to draw plans and elevations, and some think that an architect isn’t required at all.
At Swain Architecture we believe there are some very compelling reasons to work with qualified architects and technologists. Through permitted development or just using a draftsman to produce working drawings you could have enough to employ a builder. What you might be left with though, is not necessarily the ideal space for the building’s end use. We often come across new clients who have a building that isn’t fit for purpose and this, we believe, is where good architecture can pay dividends.
When arriving at a new project, qualified Architects and technologists have many years of education. They then also have many years’ experience working with clients and solving problems in the real world to call back on. Our Founding Director, Izzy Rhodes, qualified in 2008 and has been working within architectural practices ever since, finally setting up Swain Architecture in 2016.
A Holistic Approach
The experience an Architectural practice has is utilised to analyse a client’s needs, we often hear our clients tell us that “we’ve never been asked that before” or “we haven’t thought about that before”, at the consultation phase of our work. Sometimes a solution may be a very simple or small architectural intervention but the effect it has on the whole building, and more importantly the people who are going to use it, can be dramatic. Employing architectural professionals will, without question, mean that the end use of your building is fit for purpose.
Architecture within a Conservation Area
Conservation Areas are notoriously difficult to be granted planning approval in. At Swain Architecture we have a wealth of experience of working within planning regulations and we understand the intricacies of period architecture. Through considerate architecture, appropriate massing and materiality we can guide you through the process of bringing your building in-line with your expectations of how you’d like to use it, at the same time as respecting the architectural heritage of your locality.
At Swain Architecture, as well as sensible pricing, we work closely with our clients to create the best value for their new space. By asking the right questions and combining that knowledge with our experience of construction and materials we can ensure that your project is right first time. If a development is on budget and on time that’s one thing, but if it’s fit for purpose from day one and can easily adapt to the needs of anyone who inhabits it then we believe it offers the best value for money.
Find out more about working with an Architect…
To learn more about how we work, the services we provide and our approach to architectural design please get in touch with us to arrange a free consultation.
Swain Office Design in the National Press!
Swain Architecture in the National Press!
We’re proud to learn that one of our projects is featured in the national press. The Daily Mail wrote a piece about our work on one of ‘Britain’s quirkiest offices’, Tank PR in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Tank PR to create their unique, and if we don’t mind saying so ourselves, pretty cool office! Who wouldn’t love a client that wants to include a bar in their reception as part of the brief?