Job Title: Architects + Designers (all levels)

Reports to: Partner / Director / Senior Associate

Salary: £23,000 - £60,000 000 based on the candidates level and years of experience

Closing date: 28/02/2018

Business Overview

IO is a young award winning International partnership of Architects, Urbanists, Landscape Designers and Animators. We work at all scales and sectors, including corporate, cultural, hospitality, retail, education and residential. IO's Architecture evolves from the multicultural nature of our clients, and is driven by their respective social, economic and ecological conditions. We have offices in Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Shanghai and Dubai.

We are currently seeking to appoint highly motivated and talented Designers to join our expanding studio in Edinburgh. We are keen to talk to ambitious young designers who are passionate about working on international projects in a dynamic design led environment. It is advantageous but not essential, for candidates to have had experience of working in design teams on international projects.

Overall Purpose

An Architect / Architectural Designer / Architectural Assistant should aim to achieve design excellence by assisting in the creation of designs that are both appropriate and in line with the companies design philosophy. The role involves ensuring that a building's design intent is fully conveyed by means of any and all appropriate documentation required. The design should fully consider the project brief, site, best architectural practices and local codes and authority to approve in accordance with the companies QA / QC procedures.

Key Responsibilities

1. Concept Stage

  • Engage in project research and assist the project leader in compiling a preliminary project report
  • Research local codes relevant to project when required
  • Study and prepare detailed sketches or layouts of intricate or fundamental portions that illustrate aspects of the architectural plans that are proposed or already adopted
  • Assist in investigating the client brief in terms of options, alternatives and possibilities
  • Play an active role in the preparation of presentation material
  • Ensure all reports, drawings and specifications are done in line with company standards

2. Scheme Design Stage

  • Provide a complete set of documents as required in the design stage
  • Coordinate with engineers in relation to the proper execution of designs in accordance to MEP and structural requirements when required
  • Coordinate and submit drawings and documents required for the approval of local authorities
  • Study and analyse design related issues with regards to spatial organization and efficient utilization of spaces and/or of the functional arrangement of interior units, utilities and appurtenances etc.
  • Thoroughly interrogate concept design for practicality, build-ability and workability
  • Ensure that the design intent of the concept design is understood by all team members and so that it may both be followed and further enhanced during scheme design to create a harmonious and integrated design

3. Detail Design Stage

  • Prepare a complete a set of drawings and specifications in conformance to company standards
  • Develop the design of exterior, facades, ornamental work and other areas with vital effect to the project
  • Coordinate with MEP, structural engineers and other disciplines as required in the project
  • Coordinate with sub-consultants (e.g. QS, Landscape Architects, BMU Consultants, Specialty Contractors) as required in the project
  • Assure that all drawings and specifications conform to the local codes and authorities
  • Follow the design progression of the building(s) to ensure that the design intent is followed and enhanced
  • Coordinate with all disciplines and the project coordinator to assist in design changes that may arise during these stages

4. Tender Stage

  • Provide a complete set of documents as required in the tender documents package
  • Address and provide response to tender queries
  • Update the drawings as per the necessary revisions required

5. Contract Stage

  • Provide a complete set of documents as required for the contract stage assuring that all drawings and specifications are up to date and in conformance to company standards
  • Check the documentation for design intent to ensure a full and clear design is passed on to the contractor

6. Post Contract Stage

  • Address and coordinate with post contract team for any un-resolved issues
  • Conduct periodic site visits as required in the contract if applicable

Key Requirements

All candidates must have:

  • Degree educated - RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 or equivalent
  • Registered architect - ARB or equivalent in country of origin
  • RIBA or equivalent membership preferred
  • Excellent design skills
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop and 3D Max
  • Proficiency in Revit to produce construction documents and presentation materials is essential
  • 3D knowledge of Rhino, Grasshopper, 3D Max, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop are also highly advantageous
  • International experience is an advantage
  • Strong design skills and the ability to communicate visually
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • International project experience, specifically gained on large scale projects based in China would be highly advantageous and preferred

Senior Architect candidates must have:

  • Minimum 8 years post qualification experience
  • Strong design skills and experience in all phases of the design process
  • Strong people management skills with proven experience in directing small teams and delivering quality design whilst working to tight deadlines

To apply, please send a copy of your cv and portfolio along with a cover letter stating your availability and salary expectations to or apply online.