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Low Energy Building Designer / Architect / Passivhaus Consultant – Urban Realm Jobs

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Join our Team:

We have an exciting opportunity to join Collective Architecture as part of our Collective Energy Group and contribute to our growing portfolio of low energy / low carbon buildings and strategic implementation of net zero carbon planning and delivery.

As signatories of Architects Declare, Collective Architecture | Collective Energy are committed to responding to climate and biodiversity emergencies through our work. We are looking for someone who is passionate about how we as architects and designers can effect a positive impact on the built environment through the delivery of our passivhaus, retrofit and net zero carbon consultancy services.

This role offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with our team of architectural designers on a variety of large and complex passivhaus projects; to develop design approaches that reduce carbon and improve the quality, sustainability, and affordable operation of the buildings we design; to work with our clients to inform and develop their net zero carbon pathways; and to support our group in expanding and promoting our services to the industry. This post offers opportunities for career development and training to develop core specialties that we are seeking to integrate into our Collective Energy service offer.

This role is for a full time, permanent position. The role would be based in our Edinburgh studio with opportunities for blended working or working in our Glasgow / Dundee studios part time.

We are looking for applicants who have an aptitude, passion and commitment to engage in the technical processes of how we design sustainable buildings and who want to work with our practice to effect positive change in the construction industry.

The salary for this position will be dependent on qualifications and experience and shall align with our Collective Architecture open pay scale. For this role, the salary shall fall within the range of £26,000 – £33,000 per annum.

Who we are:

Collective Architecture is a 100% employee-owned architectural practice, working across studios in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Our 40-strong practice was founded 25-years ago on principles of creative freedom, equity, and sustainability. Our work spans many sectors including housing (predominantly public sector-led), community, culture, learning and enterprise, conservation, and strategic planning. We encompass a wide range of views and approaches to the practice of architecture and foster friendly and collaborative working environments.

Collective Energy is a specialist division within Collective Architecture, established in 2020, to offer design and consultancy services geared towards making buildings, places, and communities more sustainable. We work with clients, consultants, and collaborators to develop their projects, methods and ideas to be holistic and environmentally sustainable. This includes meeting the necessary drive towards net zero carbon; developing regenerative and circular delivery models; reducing energy demand through fabric first design; mitigating operational and embodied carbon through collaborative design interrogation and careful material selection; and considering the whole life cycle impacts of our designs. We are currently delivering multiple certified Passivhaus developments across the residential, education, healthcare and commercial sectors.

Our team is aspirational, generous and enjoys sharing, learning, and evolving together. Our practice offers wider employee benefits including:

  • All colleagues are invited to become a beneficiary of the Trust with an active role to play in shaping our company after one year’s employment.
  • Enhanced parental leave, family-friendly policies.
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements available.
  • Paid membership to professional membership organizations including ARB
  • Death and Illness at Work cover.
  • Opportunity to work within a variety of business areas across our studios.

Applications are invited from those with ARB Part 2, ARB Part 3, or equivalent qualifications from a related construction industry discipline, and with a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience. Opportunities for in-post training will be offered to supplement any core skills gaps.

The person we are looking for will have the following skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrable understanding of technical detailing, and construction methods.
  • Creative design skills and presentation ability.
  • Clear written and drawing communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate in a collegial way.
  • Ability to be self-motivated, work independently and work to project deadlines.
  • Ability to support the practice to design and innovate in a collaborative way.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD (2D) / Vectorworks (2D) and Sketchup (3D)
  • Good understanding of UK Building Regulations.

The following competencies are desirable but not essential:

  • Certified European Passivhaus Designer / Consultant Accreditation.
  • Experience of designing and delivering certified Passivhaus projects.
  • Experience of implementing embodied carbon and whole life carbon assessments.
  • An understanding of building physics including airtightness and thermal bridge free design.
  • Proficiency in Design PH and PHPP
  • Proficiency in Revit / Vectorworks (3D)

Core responsibilities and activities:

  • Supporting the practice in delivering and developing our CE core services:
    • Passivhaus Consultant services
    • Low energy building design analysis
    • Net Zero strategic route mapping and design approaches
    • Embodied & whole life carbon analysis
    • Building performance analysis
    • Circular economy design
  • Energy modeling using RdSAP, Design PH & PHPP.
  • Collaborating in Passivhaus planning, design, coordination and evidence gathering.
  • Option analysis and interrogation.
  • Project concept visualization.
  • Data analysis, visualization, and impact mapping.
  • Report writing and presentation of project information.
  • Developing embodied and lifecycle carbon libraries and modeling approaches.
  • Developing building performance analysis methodologies.
  • Collaborating in research and development.
  • Collaborating in wider practice sustainability strategy development.

Making an application:

When applying, please submit a note of interest with the following information to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 9 December 2022:

  • a covering letter explaining your suitability and desire for the role
  • a CV clearly setting out your qualifications and experience
  • a portfolio illustrating your work and demonstrating the skills set out above. Please clearly explain your role on any projects you include (max 10MB)

We will be holding interviews in December and seeking a start date in the new year (subject to notice periods).

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates. Collecting data is crucial to ensure our compliance with our equal opportunities statement. Our equal opportunities monitoring form can be downloaded at

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