Recruitment

INTRODUCTION

The post is to work as an architect involved in projects through all work stages from inception, design, planning, production information and delivery on site. The projects vary in size and complexity and engage with a variety of building materials.

In joining a new practice there is an opportunity to shape and influence its future. For the right candidate there is scope to become involved in the business.

The post would suit someone with ambition and drive who wants to explore and develop their skills and interests. It is not a back room post but one at the front of a developing practice.

NICK COX ARCHITECTS

The practice was formed in 2006 by Nick Cox who has an established reputation in the field of conservation. Apart from repair and conservation, past work has included the design of new buildings and landscape structures. Nick Cox has a particular interest in the relationship of buildings to the landscape as well as in new design work.

The relationship between traditional building materials and new design is one that the practice aims to explore. This is seen as a two way street where new materials can play a part in the development and repair of historic buildings and the use of traditional materials can be exploited in new design. The aim is to break down the boundary between what is a very polarised aspect of architectural practice.

Researching and developing the links between the use of traditional materials and issues of sustainability is a goal of the practice.

QUALIFICATIONS

We are seeking a qualified Architect with at least 2-3 years post qualification experience who is confident in dealing with clients and contractors.

Excellent design skills, related to an interest in both historic buildings and new design, are essential.

Being open minded and willing to discuss options is seen as critical. This should be married with an ability to take initiative but also to know when a boundary is reached and it is time to refer back.

CAD ability is important. The practice uses Vectorworks and Auto Cad for drawing but an ability to sketch and use a drawing board is also desirable.

Technical knowledge of construction and Building Regulations is important.

WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE?

An excellent opportunity:  The practice is moving into exciting times of growth and new projects. The client base includes several fine country houses that have ongoing programmes of work as well as private clients with commissions that involve new design. From this sound base the scene is set to move forward and build a strong, adventurous practice.

Projects: In addition to those projects that can be viewed on the website, we are staring to develop ideas for a significant new, contemporary addition to a group of farm buildings in the Cotswolds as well as the repair of an 18th century mill. A phase of stonework repairs is due to take place at Blenheim and a major project is being planned at Kedleston Hall.

Location:  The practice is currently based in rural Oxfordshire at the Cherwell Innovation Centre in Upper Heyford, about 12 miles north of Oxford. The Innovation Centre accommodates a number of companies involved in diverse activities and forms a community in itself. It is close to the M40 motorway and generally has good road links to much of the country. It is sufficiently close to Oxford that the benefits of the city can be enjoyed. Battling into an Oxford based office is avoided but reverse commuting is possible. Oxford has good rail and bus links to London. Alternatively the train service from Bicester, which is nearby, reaches London in less than an hour.