Architectural Assistant Apprentice

BDP (Uk) Ltd
16 Brewhouse Yard, London, EC1V 4LJ
Competitive salary
15 Mar 2021
17 Apr 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Day to day responsibilities and duties many include:
  • Generate architectural design proposals of diverse scales and type, including conducting feasibility studies
  • Draft and edit drawings and 2D-3D models (plans, sections, elevations, and details) using relevant software, including CAD and Revit, Photoshop, to enable co-ordination with other professional's input
  • Produce and coordinate design information with the design team (e.g. engineering, landscaping and interior design)
  • Critically analyse architectural culture, theory and design to present a personal viewpoint within a structured argument
  • Creatively apply theories, practices and technologies of the arts that influence architectural design
  • Produce necessary drawings and documents that comply with national and local planning policy
  • Identify user needs and the local context in which the project is developed
  • Develop the design of projects of varying scales in respect of environmental context and sustainability
  • Deliver services under the supervision of an Architect or a project leader, prioritising the interests of the client and other stakeholders
  • Problem solve and use professional judgement to take initiative and make appropriate contributions to decision making
  • Research and investigate relevant information (e.g. site analysis, previous architectural projects) to support project development to ensure all client and regulatory requirements are met
  • Investigate, critically appraise and select alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design
  • Integrate structural, construction and engineering strategies with the overall design
  • Support an Architect or a project leader with construction inspections to ensure projects are built in accordance with contractual drawings
  • Evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural designs and building construction, and where practicable integrate alternative materials, processes and techniques into design proposals
  • Apply different technological methods to building design to provide conditions of comfort and protection against the environment
  • Meet client's brief within the constraints of the imposed budget limitations
  • Meet client's brief within the constraints of the building regulations
  • Interact with statutory authorities or individuals to support delivery of projects in a wide variety of sectors and within diverse legislative frameworks

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Freehand drawing and/or photographic ability
  • Demonstration of 3-dimensional thinking
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in architecture and the built environment
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Use of written and spoken English
  • Flexible and can-do attitude

Personal qualities

  • Be mindful of relevant professional codes of conduct (e.g. ARB and RIBA)
  • Be honest and act with integrity
  • Strive to communicate effectively and professionally when working independently and as part of a team
  • Be conscious of an Architect's obligation to their client, society and the profession
  • Take into account their competence and professional experience, to ensure they are unlikely to bring the profession into disrepute
  • Commit to identifying their own individual professional development needs, including keeping up to date with changing design trends

Desired qualifications

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 15 Distinctions 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points (must include an art or design subject)
  • We require a portfolio of work to be submitted.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Future prospects

Work will typically be desk based on a PC workstation in a team of 2-30+ but will also include freehand sketching, drawing and model making. Attendance at meetings and presentations outside the office, site visits (sometimes international) including research of the wider urban / site context. Public exhibition/consultation as part of planning applications together with planning committee meetings etc. may require evening or weekend attendance.

Things to consider

As an apprentice you will be expected to:

To work for BDP to the best of your ability and in accordance with the apprenticeship agreement and the BDP's policies and procedures.

To agree jointly with BDP and LSBU a training plan to reflect the core, behavioural and appropriate specialist skills applicable to the Apprenticeship Standard.

To attend LSBU on the days set out in the training plan and to notify LSBU and the

BDP of any absences on the same day as non-attendance.

Achieve a minimum of at least 85% attendance throughout the Apprenticeship and to be diligent and punctual at all times for all learning activities including tutorials and progress reviews with your personal tutor.

Undertake all assessments/underpinning knowledge workshops (if applicable) in order to achieve their individual learning plan objectives.

Keep BDP informed of progress towards those objectives.

Keep detailed records of 20% off the job training as set out within the funding rules.

Request advice and assistance immediately if needed from BDP or the University.

To observe and comply with LSBU's student regulations and procedures as set out at

Spend at least 50% of working hours in England.

Behave in a safe and responsible manner at all times and in accordance with the requirements of health and safety legislation relating to their responsibilities and to promote and act in the Employer's best interests.

Inform the BDP and the University in the case of withdrawal or interruption from the programme.

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