Head of Architecture At Zulufish

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Job Overview

ZULUFISH are a happy, award-winning design studio working on high end residential projects, mostly in prime London areas.

We’re a Design & Build company, therefore you will have full exposure to all aspects of design and construction (as seen through the lens of the contractor).
This a great opportunity with amazing future prospects to grow with the Zulufish family.

We are looking to recruit a self-motivated senior architect to lead a team as Design Manager and join our team in Chiswick, West London.


  • Part III UK registered architect (RIBA)
  • Minimum of 15 years project lead working experience within UK (RIBA)
  • Must have strong experience in medium to large scale high-end residential projects
  • Be able to manage projects at all RIBA Stages
  • A thorough understanding of the construction process from pre construction/tender/onsite processes and management
  • Managed members of the architectural team
  • Strong residential planning experience (ideally within conservation areas)
  • Proven track record in delivering Architectural sales
  • Excellent IT skills – AutoCAD, Excel, InDesign as a minimum
  • Excellent Interpersonal and Communication skills
  • Fluent in English, verbal and written, essential


  • Manage the Architectural design team, being responsible for the department’s output and growth
  • Have confidence and be knowledgeable in architectural design
  • Comfortably discuss potential design suggestions during initial visits to properties
  • Understand costs associated with layout changes
  • Sales; Meeting new clients, creating fee proposals and winning all new design work.
  • Chairing weekly design team meetings to ensure all projects are managed properly and efficiently by the design team
  • Managing/ prioritising the design team workload via weekly resource meetings
  • Chairing meetings with clients and consultants as and when necessary
  • Assisting the project leads on construction details and review of all packages at all RIBA Stages
  • Taking the design lead on all architectural projects, hosting design meetings and proposing ideas with associated planning risk and costs to clients.
  • Providing guidance and advice to the design team who will report to you
  • Integrating the design team with the interiors and project management team, reviewing and improving existing processes.
  • Invoicing. You will be responsible for making sure all relevant project invoices are issued, tracked and settled.
  • Carrying out drawing reviews and ensuring all appropriate comments/observations are added to the design. Pushing forward the continuous evolution of drawing information provided by the design team, with periodic reviews.
  • Ensuring the design process takes account of current building regulations and minimises potential liability for future stages/delivery.
  • Managing the development and implementation of design proposals ensuring they meet internal and external requirements, including taking account of budgetary constraints.
  • Identifying Design Risk and ensuring Design Risk Assessments are created and appropriately maintained for each project and that risks are managed and mitigated
  • Carrying out drawing reviews and ensuring all appropriate comments/observations are added to the design
  • Liaising with site teams to ensure the delivery of the overall project construction/design requirements during the construction phase
  • Must be polite and smartly dressed at all times


  • Competitive Salary, depending on experience
  • 23 days holiday + bank holidays, +1 added day per year up to 26 days
  • Flexible working hours (8am – 5pm or 9am – 6pm)
  • Optional Work from home 1 day a week (either Thursdays or Fridays)
  • Regular social events with the team
  • Strong believers in a good work life balance
  • Working in an open plan office with, and learning from our in-house team of Contractors, Project managers, Interior Designers and Quantity Surveyor


Please send your CV, a short portfolio of your recent work, and a brief letter explaining the reasons for your interest in joining us to recruitment@zulufish.co.uk


No recruiters please!

To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@zulufish.co.uk