Senior Architect

Hong Kong

Our Hong Kong Studio are looking for an exceptional Senior Architect to join them. We're after a results driven, highly motivated individual to focus on the delivery of a mixture of projects. We are a progressive, employee-owned practice; where you will have the ability to identify opportunities and develop your career. It’s an entrepreneurial job, where you have ownership of your projects and the freedom to deliver results. This role offers the opportunity to work with a small close-knit team as well as wider regional team, leading the delivery of projects at all work stages.

The role requires excellent communication, leadership and organisation capability and an individual who excels in a hands-on environment who passionate about delivering an award-winning mixture of small to medium scale bespoke architectural and conservation projects in HK, and across the AP region.

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.

We are keen to talk to architects who are HKIA Registered Architects with over 5 years post ARB HK Registration experience. Applicants should be skilled in the delivery of architectural projects through all work stages, with the ability to successfully lead and manage a team. Excellent technical skills, as well as strong design skills, will be essential in this role.

We are looking for candidates who have the following skills:

  • 5 years’ post ARB HK registration working as an Architect on HK based projects
  • Proven experience working on A&A projects from inception, through schematic and detailed design, tender production, and contract administration during construction
  • Excellent technical skills
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills both verbally and written, in English, and Cantonese
  • Ability to develop and enhance our design reputation externally
  • Experienced with local development controls and regulations, as well as government submissions and approval procedures
  • Leadership experience managing a small sized team
  • Experience of taking responsibility for the financial success of projects
  • Be well organised, proactive and enthusiastic approach to work and projects
  • Experience in the latest packages of AutoCAD and Revit is Essential
  • Passion and desire to work with an international practice, working on established projects but also helping to support Business Development and profile activities in Hong Kong and neighbouring markets
  • New project opportunity / tendering experience

It would also be an advantage if candidates possess:

  • Experience of BIM delivered projects
  • Previous experience working on Heritage/Adaptive Re-use projects
  • Fluency in Mandarin, verbally and written
  • Experience designing to fulfil environmental accreditation requirements

Hours of Work:

  • 37.5 hours per week. 9.00 – 5:30 (one-hour lunch break)


  • According to experience


  • 21 days holiday plus public holidays (January to December)
  • 4 x salary life cover
  • Personal accident cover
  • Contributory pension/ Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme (MPF)
  • Agile and flexible working policy

Start Date:

  • August 2024 or earlier if available

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.

Please submit a copy of your CV and portfolio by following the application workflow at the bottom of the page. Please include details of your Right to Work in Hong Kong, as well as an available start date.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of your original application, then you have been unsuccessful. Please continue to look at our vacancies and apply where relevant. We wish you all the best in your job search.

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