We are discriminatory: we discriminate in recruitment and employment on these personal attributes:
1: 'Personality' is sometimes seen as synonymous with vanity and proficiency in, for want of a better word, bullshit. Candidates should beware: having the disfunctional attributes pervasively flaunted in 'celebrity culture' would probably be detrimental to their prospects. That anyone is truthful, honest, mindful, rational, critical (as in, discerning, not carping or disparaging), curious, diligent, tolerant, judicious, amiable… are among the personal traits we value. Nonetheless, non-paragons and the plain un-saintly should not necessarily be deterred, we too are human.
The incidental characteristics of candidates (such as: sex, age, race, sexual preferences, religious beliefs… etc.) are irrelevant to us.
Practices of affirmative action or positive discrimination are abhorent to us: individuals alone are recognized.
Candidates may be required to undertake tests assessing their relevant skills, including proficiency in language, logical reasoning and mathematics.
Although unpaid internships are voluntary agreements we regard the practice as inherently exploitative. Since servitude, in any form, is unacceptable to us and we believe that effort should be duly rewarded, we do not offer unpaid internships.
From October 2009, in response to the introduction of the corrosive Vetting and Barring Scheme by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), we no longer offer work experience to minors nor attend schools to provide careers guidance or information on architectural education and practice.
We communicate directly only with applicants and candidates in all recruitment: we deprecate advocacy by agents or proxies—whether commercial, personal or familial. Exceptions will be made for disabled applicants and minors seeking work experience.[see above]
The state compels discrimination against some individuals in recruitment and employment. If you are not a citizen of a member state of the European Economic Area or Switzerland the available employment options with us are extremely limited [see: guides on UK immigration]. We do not hold a United Kingdom Border Agency Sponsor Licence.
We will retain all submitted CV's / résumés for no more than 40 days, unless we procede with recruitment. You may, at any time, require us to edit or remove your data from our records. See: Our privacy policies: Data collection and use & Data storage.
The personal information provided will not be used for any purpose unrelated to your application.
Except in compliance with a statutory provision or an Order of Court, neither your contact details nor your personal details will be disclosed to any third party without your express consent.
Your personal data is protected by the Information Commissioner, who enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act. The office is an independent supervisory authority reporting directly to the United Kingdom Parliament.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE: If you have several English language qualifications, please state the highest award. Candidates will be required to provide the original certificate or a notarized copy.
For professional posts, only certain English tests are recognised. These are set out in the table below:
|Examination||Minimum overall Score||Additional requirements|
|Cambridge ESOL CAE||A||—|
|Cambridge ESOL CPE||B||—|
English as a Second Language (count-in oral)
|European Baccalaureate: In English||70%||—|
Standard Level (SL): In English
|IELTS||7.0||Minimum in each component: 7.0|
|TOEFL: Paper-based*||600||Minimum TWE score: 5.5|
|TOEFL iBT: Internet-based||100||Minimum in each element: 25|
* In TOEFL tests, the Test of Written English (TWE) must be taken at the same time. A TOEFL score without a contemporaneous TWE is not acceptable.
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Business Language Testing Service tests
Notwithstanding any formal language qualifications, candidates may also be required to undertake BULATS tests of their proficiency in the comprehension and use of written English and their command of oral English.
BULATS: Business Language Testing Service.
A widely recognised good practice for web sites is to maintain 'sticky' links (that is, persistent or proxy links) to any relocated important content. United Kingdom govermental web sites often do not follow this practice, therefore some of the external links provided here may not function.