Donald Insall Associates: Senior Historic Buildings Adviser

Competitive salary
Permanent, full time but open to discussions about flexible and/or part-time contracts Location: London

With nearly sixty years’ experience in the restoration and remodelling of listed buildings, Donald Insall Associates is uniquely placed to provide strategic advice on change and development within the historic environment. Since 2000, the practice has offered a dedicated Historic Buildings Consultancy service to support clients embarking on heritage projects at all scales, from urban masterplans to individual houses. The 15-strong team comprises architects, designers, architectural historians and former conservation officers and Historic England inspectors who work alongside a client’s chosen architect to analyse what is special about a building or place, guide alterations, and support clients through the planning process. The team’s overarching aim is to use their understanding of the past to revitalise historic buildings and, where appropriate, to guide new interventions. The historic environment is seen not as unchanging, but as an ever-evolving part of our identity, an inspiration for new design and a catalyst for regeneration.

We welcome applications from candidates who have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • demonstrable passion for the historic environment, and the ability to communicate this to non–experts in an inspiring and accessible manner;
  • a sound knowledge and understanding of all periods of architectural history, and of British history generally;
  • the ability to confidently draw together information gained from site visits and archival sources into succinct and accurate text which is a delight to read;
  • an eye for excellence in design and architecture, and the ability to communicate this effectively with design and non-design professionals alike (applications from qualified architects would be particularly welcome; also the following qualifications could be relevant: BA Architectural History, Art History, Archaeology, History or MSt or Post Graduate certificate/diploma in Building Conservation, Town Planning etc. or other Masters-level degrees);
  • demonstrable experience of taking a creative and constructive approach to historic building conservation;
  • strong negotiating and advocacy skills, and the ability to develop proposals within a design team that meet the aspirations of a building’s owners and users and the requirements of the statutory authorities, while respecting the significance of historic places;
  • an understanding of the commercial realities relating to historic buildings and development;
  • high levels of self-sufficiency, motivation and adaptability and the ability to meet tight deadlines and to work effectively as part of a team;
  • familiarity with the roles of various stakeholders in the heritage sector, such as local authorities, Historic England, and national and local amenity groups;
  • knowledge of the English planning system and the National Planning Policy Framework;
  • substantial experience in either the private, public or third sector, in a role which required similar skills;
  • previous experience of mentoring junior members of staff would be an advantage.

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Please email a CV and covering letter to Erica Bomphrey, stating your notice period and salary expectations. You may be requested to bring samples of your written or project work to the interview.

The deadline for applications is 22 May 2017.

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