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Burns & McDonnell Staff Architect - Mission Critical (London, UK) in London, United Kingdom


Chart your own course and change the world — with the support of people whose interests are aligned with yours. At Burns & McDonnell, opportunity is waiting. We’re looking for people with big ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset. We are growing our UK business and have exciting opportunities for a Staff Architect to join us in our new Central London office as we continue our journey to help make our clients successful.

Our portfolio of projects is initially data centres and telecommunications facilities. We plan to grow to include a variety of other facilities including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, airports, or institutional. Our company is a recognised leader in these sectors and we are supported by 8,000 professionals across the Burns & McDonnell family. Have a look at www.burnsmcd.com to learn more about us.

If you are excited about working with a new and fast-growing team of engineers and architects and want to be in at the start of our growth in Europe helping to make our mission-critical clients successful, then we want to hear from you. We are Burns & McDonnell. We Create Amazing.

Burns & McDonnell offers a company pension scheme, safety training and extensive resources for personal and professional development.

You will work in project teams of architects, designers and engineers to create world class design on a variety of projects including corporate, mission critical, healthcare, airports, aerospace, and defence sectors from concept design through completion of construction.

You will assist the team with:

  • The architectural design of projects from the conceptual phase through construction administration equivalent to RIBA Workstages 1-7

  • Interior design based on client vision and architectural needs and requirements set forth by the project managers

  • Client presentations, bid proposals and feasibility studies

  • Work on multiple projects and deadlines

  • Site inspections and surveys

  • Modifying and reviewing production drawings

  • Correcting and updating drawings provided by senior architects to ensure our high-quality standards are maintained

  • Applying UK and EU practices, codes, and procedures within the architecture industry to generic international design concepts

  • Research into materials and products to meet local codes and customer standards

  • Compiling project-related data as required by the project managers

  • All other duties, as assigned

Functional responsibilities

  • Client facing with the ability to discuss and agree client requirements

  • Attend meetings and be able to assist with presentations

  • Participate in work winning activities including assist with the development of bid stage technical solutions

  • Interact in a professional manner with clients and colleagues to achieve project objectives

  • Work independently and as part of a global project team

  • Support future business opportunities through client engagement and elevation of the Burns & McDonnell brand

  • Training and personal professional development

  • Partaking in professional bodies and industry groups

  • Health & Safety compliance and preparation of associated safety documentation, e.g. pre-construction information documents


Required Skills:

  • Registration with ARCUK to RIBA Part 3 or equivalent EU-recognised registration as an Architect and a minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience in an architectural practice

  • A sound knowledge of architectural design principles, standards, and codes

  • Experience at a concept design level to assist with the development of data centre masterplans

  • Ability to write specifications for all architectural elements and standards of workmanship

  • Some experience and knowledge of NBS specification writing

  • Experience of large-scale industrial or commercial design

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience with Autodesk REVIT and Autocad

  • Fluency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • 3D visualisation skills in software such as Grasshopper/Rhino

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software (Photoshop, In-design, Lightroom)

  • Excellent experience in working with structural, MEP and coordination with those disciplines

  • Data center or telecommunication facility experience and knowledge of critical facility Mechanical design

  • Membership of relevant industry body, e.g. RIBA

  • A valid UK or EU driving licence

  • A valid passport

  • Permanent residency with full employment rights in the UK

Behavioural competences

  • Maintain a passion for making our clients successful and delivering superior customer service.

  • Ability to support presentations and discussions with our clients and our teams.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to apply diversified knowledge of principles and practices to a range of assignments.

  • Pro-active in building knowledge and understanding of the industry.

  • Ability to maintain focus on technical work to meet deadlines.

  • Attention to detail in production of designs and technical documentation.

  • Ability to develop practical solutions and sometimes innovative solutions to a range of problems and an understanding of how one issue may be part of a much larger solution.

  • Ability to make an effective and collaborative contribution to the team through sharing knowledge, promoting ideas and valuing the contribution of all team members.

At Burns & McDonnell qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability or protected veteran status. We believe an inclusive culture is necessary to grow a successful and strong organisation.

Job Architecture

Primary Location GB-London, UK-London

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 211658