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Design Competitions Associate  

Location: London
Salary: up to £45,000 pa depending on experience
Company: Malcolm Reading Consultants
Job Type: Permanent
Date: 16/05/2019

Job Description PDF

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Malcolm Reading Consultants is the leading independent organiser of international architectural competitions.  We believe in the power of design to create new perceptions and act as an inspiration.

Working with MRC offers the opportunity to meet the world’s leading designers and to work with high-profile clients dedicated to excellence.  Our competition juries include thought-leaders and famous figures from the worlds of design, media, politics and business.  

Recent clients include: the British Library; MK:U; the Cabinet Office; the Illuminated River Foundation; Arts South Australia; the Royal College of Art; St Catharine’s College, Cambridge; Exeter College, Oxford; Qatar Museums; the Museum of London; and University College Dublin.

The successful candidate needs an understanding of design and should be motivated to frame/define projects for clients with the aim of achieving design excellence.  

The role involves managing competition processes, drafting competition materials, writing briefs, liaising with clients, handling client meetings and providing support to the team and Directors.  You need to have three to five years’ experience in a related role in architecture, planning, estate management or the engineering sector and a professional qualification.  A willingness to travel internationally (business class) as required is essential, as is being a team player.

See full job description above for more details.

Skills and approach needed:

  • Initiative and work ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Writing skills and careful attention to detail
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects
  • Team player attitude – no job too big or small
  • Enthusiasm for design and architecture
  • Willingness to travel internationally
  • Experience and knowledge of managing OJEU processes and PPQs
  • Have an understanding of design software; preferably skilled in using it
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, in particular, Excel
  • Candidate needs to have three to five years’ experience in a related role in architecture, planning, estate management or the engineering sector and a professional qualification.
  • We are a successful, friendly (and expanding) team with an entrepreneurial approach and a passion for quality.  We are based in an 18th-century building overlooking Lincoln’s Inn Fields and close to Holborn.

To apply, please read the full job description above then send your CV with a covering letter. 

  • Please explain in your letter why you would like to work for us, which competitions appealed to you, specifically. 
  • Please outline relevant skills and experience.  
  • Please outline your enthusiasm and interest in design or architecture.

Send it to: 

Mrs Catherine Reading, Director, [email protected]  

Closing date: when position filled