Working with DA

Our architects and designers have come from all over the world to work in London, and our projects are inspired by their talent and creativity.

Our directors bring to bear their wide ranging experience of building types, the construction process and leadership skills.


 


 

Confidence

 

We believe in a working environment that encourages the generation of new ideas, the sharing of knowledge and the fostering of mutual support.

All staff are encouraged to put forward ideas and develop specialisms within the practice operations. We also encourage our team to present current work at Project Evenings, giving them an opportunity to improve their public speaking skills. Everyone’s views are heard in this forum and involvement from all staff is encouraged.

The practice accommodates requirements for further training or gaining practical experience by providing on-the-job guidance as well as an appropriate and carefully designed CPD programme, including English language lessons for the oversees employees.


Leadership

 

At Darling Associates, we do not employ a heavy handed hierarchy; our senior management are approachable, knowledgeable and offer a clear vision of the direction in which the practice is progressing.

The values and ambition of the practice are clearly defined, allowing staff to have confidence in being able to grow, advance, and satisfy their professional needs.

Additionally, a majority of staff are part of the decision making process and less senior members of the team are invited to attend project meetings.


Benefits

 

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Discretionary performance related bonus paid in two installments
  • 20 days annual leave rising up to 25 in senior positions (excluding bank holidays)
  • Office closes over the Christmas break
  • Professional and work related training support (financial and non-financial)
  • Flexible working for parents
  • Part 3 support and study leave
  • Professional fees paid for senior staff
  • Reward bonus of up to 5% of the gross fee for introducing a new client and live project
  • Subsidised winter ski trip


Work/Life Balance

 

To create a harmonious balance between work and life, there has to be a respect of the employee as an individual and their requirements in and out of work.

As a result of this, the quality of work increases and the atmosphere in the office is positive. Our directors actively manage work load and discourage late working. When there are deadlines, we meet them and work late if required, but fundamentally we encourage our staff to have a life outside of work.

This fosters energy and enthusiasm in our team members and a low staff turnover for the practice. Many of our employees joined in the first years of the practice’s founding and they have found in Darling Associates the perfect place to develop and further themselves as architects.


 
 

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