Associate Partner - Palace of Westminster

We are looking for an Associate Partner to join our existing team to work on the Palace of Westminster.

We are looking for someone who is a charismatic, talented architect, a leader, who is a results-driven, tenacious, go getter. An individual who excels in a hands-on environment and is passionate about delivering an award-winning mixture of bespoke architectural and conservation projects in London.

Purcell is an award-winning employee-owned architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a commitment to quality, innovation, and diversity. We have staff of approximately 280 talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 14 offices, in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Winners of Architect Employer of the Year 2022.

Collaboration is central to our employee-ownership culture, providing opportunities to work on some of the finest buildings; from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design. We offer a rewarding and supportive environment for personal and professional development and our employee-owned ethos empowers everyone to use their voice. We believe in creating an equitable and inclusive culture, founded on our values, which celebrates knowledge sharing and our successes, to build an inspiring work environment.

It is our distinctive employee-owned working culture that has contributed to our status as a World Architecture Top 100 Practice, renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.

Our benefits package includes agile, flexible and hybrid working, (a minimum of 3 days in office, up to 2 days WFH) annual leave increasing with long service, life assurance, study sponsorship with paid study leave, sabbaticals, employee assistance programme, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, virtual GP service, subscription fees, company day out, a volunteering scheme and enhanced learning & development opportunities.


We are keen to talk to architects or surveyors with excellent design and presentation skills as well as enthusiasm for high quality work, and with experience in working with historic and listed buildings.

You will prioritise project delivery and new business generation activities and support the delivery of a long-term strategy of working successfully with the Palace of  Westminster. This will include identifying opportunities for securing new architectural and conservation projects with the clients. The pursuing of these opportunities will include maintaining contacts with current and prospective clients.

We are a progressive practice, so you’ll need to understand our culture and strategy (our Collective Ambition), identify opportunities and support managing and developing our talented people to achieve goals as a collaborative team. As an excellent communicator, you will represent the organization in a leadership role to primary clients, key public officials, and sub consultants.


We are looking for candidates who have the following skills: 

  • 10 – 15 years’ experience post qualified 
  • Have excellent design, technical and conservation skills and experience 
  • Have a strong understanding of the UK Building and Planning regulations 
  • Proven experience working on all RIBA stages 
  • Demonstrate good client-facing communication skills 
  • AABC or RIBA SCA/ CA or RICS (BCAS) accreditation desirable
  • Experience with NEC4 contracts.
  • Qualification or experience with NEC Supervisor role would be desirable. 
  • Proficiency in BIM/ Revit an advantage. 
  • Project management experience 
  • Experience of taking responsibility for the financial success of projects, and strong commercial awareness 
  • Strong experience in business development and work winning, including bidding experience 
  • Lead and manage the seamless running of all architectural projects to the highest standards.
  • Ability to thinking strategically at a practice level
  • Local market knowledge and intelligence
  • A track record of Client satisfaction
  • Industry recognition and regarded as an exemplar in their field
  • Proven ability of leading, managing, and developing individuals and teams, through excellent communication and people skills
  • Experience of working with Studio leadership to continue developing a business

 This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of Purcell.

As world leaders of Heritage and Conservation, Purcell is committed to embracing diversity and equal opportunity within our international teams, reflective of the society in which we work and live.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and celebrate differences through our culture of employee ownership.

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