Architects' as Employers + Employees

Image credit: Human Capital Institute

Image credit: Human Capital Institute

Architects as Employees and Employers

In running an architectural practice, an architect will typically have to employ others to assist with delivering the services promised to clients. This element of work is quite generic to the world of business and will cover some of the following points:

  • Resourcing and Recruitment – knowing when to seek to employ more personnel and identify the skillsets, experience, qualifications required.

  • Office Management, Health + Safety, Insurance

  • Public Relations/Marketing/Advertising

  • Financial Management

  • Direction and Leadership for the practice 

Its worth noting, having obtained the desired personnel, the challenge exists to retain them, develop them and motivate them through good leadership and career direction. This may come through Mentoring, coaching and performance reviews.

As aspiring or qualified architects, there are many routes to finding employment in the industry. As large as the construction industry is, you’ll also probably appreciate it is quite tight-knit as well. Personnel recommendations from networks, friends or former colleagues are often a way to seek out opportunities at a desired practice. The other obvious means are via:

  • Recruitment agencies

  • Direct responses to website advertisements

  • Online advertisements such as those found on RIBA Appointments

  • Direct applications (unsolicited). If you take this approach, it is probably worthwhile finding out who the person is that you intend to address to stand the best chance of success.

As an employee you’ll probably want to give thought to the type of working arrangement you want to be employed under. There are a number of ways personnel can be employed by architectural practices, including:

  • as a Permanent employee

  • as a Part-time employee

  • on a Temporary Contract basis

  • via an agency

  • on a Self-Employed / Consultancy basis

When accepting any offer of employment, employees should always seek clarity on basic terms in a contract of employment. The fundamental terms, as set out by the Employments Rights act 1996.

Architecture practices will also typically include terms relating to the following to protect their specific interests:

  • Confidentiality clauses…