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Lead Design Architect

  • Job reference: BBBH4145
  • Location: Kuwait
  • Salary: Attractive Package
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Job type: Permanent

Based in Kuwait, our client is looking for a Lead Design Architect to join their team. This role is to lead the conceptual and schematic design of various new and existing projects, ensuring quality of design is prioritised throughout the projects stages. Preparing concept designs and competition entries for new concepts for designs across sectors whilst ensuring adherence to deadlines, budgets, quality requirements and contract obligations in order to fulfill client requirements.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Professional Responsibility:

  • To support Pace's expanding portfolio of work across the Middle East, we are seeking an experienced Lead Design Architect to work on major projects, based in our Kuwait studio
  • The opportunity will involve taking a leading role in the conceptual design of Pace's work across sectors and in all regions where we are active
  • Preparing concept and competition designs for projects at the early stages of design, ensuring all projects meet Pace's high standards for quality design, coordination and specification
  • Enhancing the design standard of the office for projects at all design stages through ongoing review and critique, mentoring staff and liaising with other in-house and external professions to develop the design information
  • Develop positive relationships with clients, stakeholders and international collaborators
  • Advanced understanding of design critique and evaluation processes; setting up and carrying out design reviews.
  • Leading and contributing to design reviews and project evaluation meetings.
  • Researching project briefs, materials and construction products and systems, including enhancing the office library and using electronic information retrieval systems. Meeting with supplier representatives and maintaining relationships within the industry.
  • Preparing design concepts and/or assisting others in the design of major schemes and presenting them to the client and project stakeholders, including for invited competition proposals.
  • Producing detailed and design drawings using computer aided design software packages including 2D and BIM technology.
  • Researching and developing solutions to complex architectural problems, using a full range of analysis and presentation techniques and software.
  • Attending and contributing to site meetings where appropriate

People and Communication:

  • Liaising with and coordinating the work of consultants and sub-contractors on specific design packages or elements on projects.
  • Communicating work and ideas with internal and external teams, including consulting with in-house design teams, external consultants, clients and contractors and communicating instructions, actions and feedback as appropriate.
  • Contributing to and chairing relevant internal and external meetings and making notes and following-up actions where appropriate.
  • Reviewing and providing effective comments on project documentation and contracts.

Organisation and Management:

  • Planning and prioritising own workload and that of subordinates to ensure tasks are completed on time and accurately.
  • Anticipating problems and taking action to avoid and overcome them.
  • Building effective teams; identifying and developing their working processes.

Client and Commercial:

  • Assisting in work winning initiatives including developing bids and proposals; meeting and presenting to new and existing clients.
  • Building effective working relationships with external clients and collaborators.
  • Ensuring that clients' needs are met within agreed scope and budgets, including managing variations and defining additional work.

Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Contributing towards the development of the business by delivering project information, reports, drawings and other material of exceptional quality in line with international best practice.
  • Keeping up to date with industry trends, innovations and developments and sharing this knowledge with the rest of the team.
  • Keeping up to date with own professional knowledge and relevant legislation

Essential Skills & Requirements:

  • A qualified and registered architect with minimum of 10 years post qualification experience in an internally acclaimed architectural practice.
  • Extensive industry experience of international working practices is required, preferred (although not essential) to have been gained in the Middle East.
  • Have a passion for design, sustainability and architectural place making.
  • Have strong IT skills across a wide range of architectural software packages which includes but are not limited to; AutoCAD, Revit, Form-It, Grasshopper, Rhino, 3d Max, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office
  • Have excellent spoken and written English language communication - good Arabic skills are also an advantage but not essential
  • Exceptional creative design and architectural knowledge and skills in the development of conceptual drawings and architectural proposals.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of environmental design matters including energy efficiency and low carbon footprint design. LEED AP accreditation is preferable.
  • Advanced understanding of design critique and evaluation processes; setting up and carrying out design reviews.

If interested, please get in touch via contact details provided or click "Apply" to forward an up to date copy of your CV and ideally with a cover letter.

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