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Design Lead / Senior Architect - Education Sector

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Design Lead / Senior Architect - Education Sector

Atkins Architecture & Masterplanning practice have an opportunity for a Design Lead to join our successful and collaborative Education sector teams in London.

We are looking for a proactive and talented architect with a range of experience within the schools’ sector to work with our team on a growing portfolio of educational projects.

The role will primarily be focused on projects within the Education sector – leading design teams to deliver high quality school building projects that make a real difference to local communities. You’ll be working within a collaborative environment and taking responsibility for a variety of education projects throughout all design stages.

About Atkins Architecture & Masterplanning practice:

Atkins are a leading UK based Global Design Practice whose reputation is built on a culture of open collaboration, creating and delivering excellence in all we do. Our diverse, highly skilled, passionate designers are unified with the belief that good design can positively enhance and transform people’s lives. Our expertise ranges across all key sectors of the built environment: Education, Master planning, Urban Regeneration, Commercial and Residential. Atkins are recognised leaders in the creation and delivery of environments, buildings, places that are good for people and improve our environment.


  • Leading individual schemes and taking them through from inception to completion.
  • Inspiring the team to create projects that are innovative and creative in their response to the client brief.
  • Preparing concept scheme designs from Client briefs.
  • Leading multi-disciplinary teams in the preparation of production information and working drawing packages.
  • Support in securing new business opportunities including bid writing, undertaking presentations to clients/project stakeholders.
  • Leading a small team of architects/assistants to deliver school projects through all RIBA stages.
  • Client and stakeholder facing responsibilities.


  • Qualified Architect / Senior Architect with post qualification experience.
  • Thorough understanding of educational design, current regulations and standards in the UK.
  • A high level of school design experience, demonstrated through a portfolio of projects.
  • An excellent designer, communicator with exceptional presentation skills.
  • Experience of leading a small team and reviewing the work of others.
  • Capable of working and completing tasks independently as well as demonstrating strong teamwork skills.
  • Able to present information clearly to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proficient in REVIT, Adobe Creative Suite and Sketchup.
  • Able to draw ‘free hand’ sketches and illustrate to a high level.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. 

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.


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