Job title: Associate Design Director
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: ID
Expertise: Projects Region
Salary type: Annual
Salary: GBP £60,000.00
Location: UK
Job published: 01/06/2021
Job ID: 54915
Contact name: Phil Boshier
Phone number: +441172840076
Contact email:

Job Description

Our fantastic client design and craft exceptional interiors which enhance their client’s lives and their experience of living in period houses.
On every project they seek to create Britain’s future heritage. This means their principal aim is to design and make rooms which far outlive the clients for whom they were originally commissioned. They apply this approach to design, architectural joinery and cabinet making.
Working for financially elite individuals, typically billionaires, who expect professional and outstanding design solutions, product, and service. Projects they are currently designing into include a 7-bed house in Venice (kitchen and boot room), a 100-
room house in Switzerland (architectural joinery, gun room and kitchens), an Institute in Hamburg (public bar) and several large homes in the UK (interior architecture, architectural joinery and fitted furniture).
Their design solutions are a mix between interior architectural design, interior design, and joinery design, with clients being attracted because they recognise that as makers (as well as designers and interior architects), they can elevate the shape and creative design of joinery led spaces far beyond what they would typically receive from their interior designer or architect. This gap is further emphasised with classically inspired joinery which is a specialism many interior designers struggle with.
We are now looking for an experienced Interior Architect who can lead, inspire, and develop teams to deliver outstanding conceptual design work and interior architecture to clients and potentially expand the offering beyond its current parameters.
The Associate Design Director Role
The Associate Design Director will lead the concept design team and initially will work directly under the company’s creative director. The intention is that the successful candidate will eventually become Creative Director.
The design team does not generally pitch creatively for work, and they are only ever working on commissioned work with engaged clients.
Once briefed, the Associate Design Director will work with their team to prepare concept proposals which include interior architectural plans resulting from a detailed analysis of a space(s), hand sketches, a furniture plan, a sample elevation of furniture detail, a material and finishes specification and, in the case of a kitchen, the appliance specification which we think best illustrates the space and the design brief we have been given.
Once concept ideas and budget guides are approved by the client, the project moves to the detailed design phase. During this stage, it is the Associate Design Director’s responsibility to ensure the concept design agreed is translated effectively by the detailed designer.
In detail, the Associate Design Director will be responsible for inspiring, leading, and developing a team of junior designers, working alongside the company Creative Director to deliver the company vision, and the creative response to a client brief, addressing not just the specific function of one room in isolation but how it relates to the rest of the building.
Space planning will need to be based on sound ergonomic principles, it will be logical, well ordered, and well-proportioned to the space. You will be able to think laterally and holistically to resolve design conundrums with an ability to
prioritise storage requirements within spaces designated.
With all of the above in mind, we foresee the right person for this role having a a minimum of 5 years’ interior design and interior architecture experience (to include cabinetry).
Your experience in high end residential refurbishment projects with be obvious through a well presented portfolio. Experience in the design of period joinery. Ability to draw with a pencil. Proficient Auto CAD 2D user. Understanding of classical architectural details. General knowledge of timber, wood veneers and veneering techniques, wood finishes and finishing techniques, cabinet making and joinery. Experience in how to specify stone from scants and blocks with knowledge of key
stone types (marble, granites etc). An understanding or appreciation of mechanical and electrical services required to be connected to architecture, fitted furniture, equipment, kitchens, and bathrooms and finally, an understanding of lighting design.
This role requires you to be in a commutable distance to the design studio and onsite makers. 
Please send your CV and portfolio to to find out more about this exciting opportunity.