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Senior Architect - job post

Happy Building
12 Station Way, Sutton
£45,000 - £50,000 a year - Full-time

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  • £45,000 - £50,000 a year

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  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Monday to Friday


12 Station Way, Sutton

Full job description

Job Title: Senior Architect

Responsible to: Studio Manager

Job Level: Senior Executive

Salary: £45k - £50k

Location: Surrey, South London, 100% Office based


Happy Building, a pioneering architecture and construction organisation, offering a unique opportunity for an experienced ARB registered Architect to join our dynamic team.

Join us to independently manage projects from conception to completion, supported by seasoned professionals. Gain expertise in project management, budgeting, and specialisation opportunities while partnering with top engineers.

Experience a culture of high standards and support, developing mutual learning and growth. Expect vibrant projects from classic to contemporary , where your innovative ideas are valued and encouraged.Elevate your abilities with us at Happy Building - where customer-centric innovation meets progressive team culture!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver Initial Project Consultation & vetting the client
  • Generate 5-star customer ratings through the delivery of your clients journey.
  • Manage between 3-4 high-profile projects simultaneously.
  • Manage and control client expectations and communications through the journey of their project.
  • Execute site measured surveys with precision and efficiently.
  • Develop concept design sketches and drawings
  • Produce accurate architectural drawings reflecting creative solutions whilst adhering to UK planning legislations to achieve maximum conversion on first submittal
  • Produce buildable designs with the use of your construction knowledge.
  • Develop feasibility studies to manage your clients expectations.
  • Prepare and submit planning applications, and manage the planning process.
  • Coordination with the structural engineering team to ensure the project has buildability.
  • Drive and inspire clients towards beautifully designed spaces that align with the company's direction.
  • Mentoring/ Supporting of the design team executives to develop.
  • Expected to diligently work towards achieving their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as outlined in your respective role.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Educated to RIBA Part 3 (or equivalent). RIBA stages 1-4 are applied in the role.
  • Detailed experience of UK Planning and working knowledge of UK Building Regulations.
  • A minimum of 5 years of practical experience on UK residential projects under £1m value.
  • A minimum of 1 year experience conducting site-measured survey.
  • Experience in a customer-facing role environment and taking direct briefs from clients.
  • High proficiency in AutoCAD, Sketch Up would be an advantage.
  • Detailed knowledge of UK Planning Regulations, including full understanding of Building Regulations (and their impact on design).

Position Stakeholders:

Internal: Leadership Team, Design Team, Construction Team, Marketing Team

External: Clients, Council Planning Officers, Engineers & Third Party Professionals

Personal skillset:

  • Excellent design, creative and detailing skills
  • Self-sufficient and able to take initiative, with a proactive attitude and innovative mindset.
  • Ability to move and deliver at pace, from concept to final execution.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including using hand-draw sketches, AutoCad and presentation software.
  • Demonstrate ownership, accountability, and delivery of end-to-end projects.
  • Demonstrate clear planning and project management skills.
  • Ability to work and deliver in a fast-paced environment and adapt to rapid change, working well under pressure.
  • Strong digital/tech experience.

What else can I expect?

  • Working within a structured, positive organisation with defined routes for career progression.
  • Clear salary progression in line with the established Happy Building career path.
  • Exposure to a broad spectrum of projects and scenarios.
  • Be part of a fun, engaging, positive team. A team that shares a common vision and supports each other’s individual goals.
  • 25 days holiday + your birthday day off.
  • Enrollment into our employee benefits scheme.
  • One Company Off site event per Year as well as Company Days at our office.

To apply:

Happy Building is an equal-opportunity employer. We offer dynamic career opportunities with growth potential. If you wish to apply, please send your CV, Cover Letter alongside a Portfolio of Residential Design ONLY between the value of £350k - £1m to .

Interview Process:

  • Stage 1: Phone Interview - 10-minute phone call for your initial CV and Cover letter screening.
  • Stage 2: Face to Face - 45-minute interview with the Studio manager & Senior Architect at our office.
  • Stage 3: Measured Survey Test - This will occur after the face-to-face, should you succeed.
  • Stage 4: Final interview where a challenge/ scenario will be set.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: £45,000.00-£50,000.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (required)


  • Architecture: 5 years (required)

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: Senior Architect, Sutton, Surrey

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