About us

jmarchitects has developed into one of the UK’s foremost architectural practices since its formation in 1962. We provide design services in architecture, masterplanning, urban planning, interior design, 3D visualisation and sustainability to both private and public sector clients. We have studios in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. 

Practice Profile

jmarchitects is an award winning architectural practice with extensive experience in education, community, health, social housing, commercial, private residential, retail, and sports and leisure projects. 

We regularly undertake complex projects of up to £100m in value. 'Complexity' can take the form of multiple client / stakeholder representatives, phased demolition and construction over an extended period of time, site sensitivity or listed status of existing fabric, or even simply the scale of a particularly large, involved project. We have experience in all of these areas; our team scopes the level of complexity from the outset and formulates an action plan to manage and control any challenges throughout.

Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility

Environmental policy

jmarchitects believe that high quality sustainable design is an essential part of the evolution of good buildings.  Environmental understanding should inform all our projects. We have therefore established a policy which commits the company to the adoption of a sustainable approach to design, working with our clients and other members of the design and construction team to produce architecture which minimises its impact on the environment now and into the future. To read our full policy click here

Philosophy

Our aim is to create the best spaces, buildings and places with a level of design excellence that satisfies, delights and inspires. We understand that the success of any project lies in the relationship between client and architect; hence we adopt a collaborative, balanced and integrated approach.

Success is ultimately measured against our clients’ needs and objectives. By listening to and understanding their goals, we ensure their expectations correspond with our own. We consider all the key design drivers of each project including cost, programme, life cycle, and operations requirements.

We seek to establish and maintain an open communication and consultation process, which allows all stakeholders to be involved at the right level and at the right time. Our experience ranges across a number of sectors, and we ensure our team has a high level of design experience in many building types, allowing cross-fertilisation between building forms and types. Our track record demonstrates the quality of our work: the practice has won numerous high profile awards, both for design and technical services.  

We seek to exceed the expectations of our clients by creating design solutions inspired by location, site and place that provide sustainability, flexibility and delight.

Awards

 2021

  • Brick Awards, Walker Primary School - Education - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Home Awards, Maryhill Locks – Innovation in Design – Winner
  • Scottish Home Awards, Baltic Mill – Renovation of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards, St Andrew's Drive - Affordable Housing – Commendation
  • Scottish Design Awards, St Andrew's Drive - Residential (Multi Unit) – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards, Stirling Health and Care Village – Health Care Development of the Year - Finalist
  • RIAS Awards, Maryhill Locks - Winner

2020

  • GIA Awards - Market Street Hotel – Leisure/ Arts Category - Commendation
  • Ahead Awards - Market Street Hotel – Shortlisted
  • Ahead Awards -Stock Exchange Hotel – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards - Market Street Hotel - ARCHITECTURE: Commercial/Office/Hotel Building or Project - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Maryhill Locks - ARCHITECTURE: Residential: - Commended
  • Scottish Property Awards - Market Street Hotel – Architectural Excellence (Commercial Use) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards -Market Street Hotel – Development of the Year (Commercial Buildings) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - Alyth Primary School – Architectural Excellence (Public Use) – Highly Commended
  • Scottish Property Awards - Alyth Primary School – Development of the Year (Public Buildings) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Healthcare Development of the Year – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - Wallyford Primary School – Development of the Year (Public Buildings) – Winner
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards- Market Street Hotel – Retail and Leisure Architect of the Year – Shortlisted

2019

  • AJ Specification Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Shortlisted
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre - Award for Best Healthcare Development (UK) – Highly Commended
  • GIA Awards - Alyth Primary School – Education – Commendation
  • GIA Awards - Invergarven ASN – Education – Commendation
  • GIA Awards - Maryhill Locks – Residential – Won
  • GIA Awards - St. Andrews Drive – Residential – Shortlisted
  • GIA Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Healthcare – Commendation
  • Education Building Awards - Architectural Practice of the Year - Winner
  • Dundee Civic Trust Awards - Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites – Commendation
  • Specifi Awards - Wallyford Primary School – Edinburgh Project of the Year - Winner
  • AJ Architecture Awards - Gorbals – Health & Wellbeing Category - Winner
  • Brick Awards - New Gorbals Health & Care Centre – Urban Regeneration – Commendation
  • Brick Awards - The Old Printworks (Lutton Court) – Large Housing Development - Shortlisted
  • National Housing Awards - Alton Road - Best Scheme in Planning (30+ units) – Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Alyth Primary School (Education Building or Project) - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - The Yard – submitted by Chambers Macmillan Architects (Future Building or Project) - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Hotel Indigo & Staybridge Suites (Re-use of a Listed Building) - Highly Commended
  • Scottish Design Awards - Gorbals Health & Care Centre (Health Building or Project) - Highly Commended
  • Scottish Design Awards - Buccleuch Place, Meadow Lane (Residential Project) - Highly Commended
  • Specifi Awards - New Gorbals Health & Care Centre - Commendation
  • Edinburgh Architectural Awards - Alyth Primary School - Ambassador Award - Winner
  • RIAS Awards - Orchard Brae ASN - Shortlisted
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards - Education Architect of the Year (Nursery - 6th Form) - Winner
  • Partnerships Awards - Lossiemouth High School & Alness Academy - Best Education and Higher Education Project - Shortlisted-
  • The Scottish Property Awards - Largs Academy - Shortlisted- Hub SW
  • Civic Trust Awards -Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Commendation

2019

  • Specifi Awards - New Gorbals Health & Care Centre - Commendation
  • Edinburgh Architectural Awards - Alyth Primary School - Ambassador Award - Winner
  • RIAS Awards - Orchard Brae ASN - Shortlisted
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards - Education Architect of the Year (Nursery - 6th Form) - Winner
  • Partnerships Awards - Lossiemouth High School & Alness Academy - Best Education and Higher Education Project - Shortlisted-
  • The Scottish Property Awards - Largs Academy - Shortlisted- Hub SW
  • Civic Trust Awards -Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Commendation

2018

  • The Grafters Awards - jmarchitects - Best Commercial Architectural Practice (Special Commendation)
  • Dezeen Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Hospitality Building - Winner
  • Property Week Awards - Buccleuch Place Meadow Lane - University Halls of Residence of the Year - Shortlisted
  • AJ Awards - Garnock Community Campus - School Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Maggie’s, St. Bart’s - Health & Wellbeing Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - Largs Academy - Innovation in Delivering Value - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - Alyth Primary School - Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - jmarchitects - Architectural Practice of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Mitchell Close - Housing Crisis Solution Award - Shortlisted
  • AAB Leaf Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Shortlisted
  • Architizer A+ Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Health Care & Wellness - Jury Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Education - Shortlisted
  • AJ Awards 2018 - jmarchitects – Ranked 34
  • AJ 100 Awards 2018 - Maggies St. Bart's - Executive Architect of the Year
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards - jmarchitects - Education Architect of the Year - Nursery to 6th Form- Shortlisted
  • EAA Awards - Orchard Brae Complex Needs - Ambassador Award – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Architectural Excellence Award, Public Use - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Community Development Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Development of the Year - Public Use - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards  - Old Printworks Student Accommodation - Student Accommodation Development of the Year - Shortlisted
  • CUBO Awards - Buccleuch Place and Meadow Lane - Best Student Housing – Shortlisted
  • AIA Healthcare Design Awards - Maggie’s St. Barts - Category A Winner

2017

  • Scottish Home Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - James Gillespie's Campus - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - Portobello High School - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner (Regeneration)
  • Scottish Design Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner (Public Realm and Landscaping)
  • Scottish Design Awards - James Gillespie's - Shortlisted (Education Building)
  • EAA Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Commendation (Large Project Award)
  • EAA Awards - James Gillespie's Campus - Shortlisted
  • Construction News Project of the Year Award - Albert Halls, Bolton - Winner
  • Living Heritage Award - Albert Halls, Bolton - Winner

 

2016

  • Property Week Student Accommodation Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Best University Halls of Residence 
  • Scottish Property Awards Student Accommodation Development of the Year - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner
  • Scottish Property Awards Architectural Excellence Award - James Gillespies Campus - Winner
  • Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner
  • CUBO Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Best Student Housing 
  • GIA - Education - James Gillespie High School - Winner
  • Civic Trust Awards - Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - Winner
  • AR Future Projects Commendation - Market Street Hotel
  • Civic Trust Awards - Regional Finalist - The Albus

 

Edinburgh/Glasgow: Architects and Senior Architects

Our Edinburgh studio is looking for Senior Architects and Architects to join us and assist on a variety of exciting new projects!

At jmarchitects we are looking for motivated and ambitious senior architects and architects who would like to join our expanding teams in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We can current offer roles at both levels with great opportunities for development and for career progression.

The successful candidates will have:

  • strong technical and design abilities
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability both to work collaboratively and to manage their own workload

The following would be also advantageous and should be highlighted in your application:

  • experience of design and delivery using BIM-enabled workflows and specifically Revit skills and experience

Remuneration will be dependent on your experience and skills.

jmarchitects is enthusiastically committed to promoting equality and diversity.

Please apply via DezeenJobs with CV and portfolio under 5MB.

Our Edinburgh and Glasgow studios collaborate very closely on projects, but if you are specifically interested in a role based in a particular office, or have a strong preference, please note this on your application.

 

Edinburgh: Administrative Assistant

Secretarial and Administrative Support 

  • Provide a high quality secretarial and organisational support service working closely with one other admin assistant
  • Word processing correspondence and reports
  • Prepare presentations
  • Organise and maintain effective filing systems
  • Keep and maintain an accurate record of papers and electronic email correspondence
  • Responsibility for dealing with maintenance of office equipment and ordering stationery

Email and Phone Call Management

  • Filter general queries, phone calls and invitations by redirecting or taking forward such contact as appropriate
  • Develop and maintain effective electronic email filing systems

Diary and Travel Management

  • Ensure busy diary commitments and travel arrangements are managed effectively including assessing priority of appointments, reallocation as necessary and troubleshooting problems
  • Conduct weekly diary meetings with the directors to discuss upcoming engagements, invitations, and other requests
  • Coordinating and arranging video and conference calls
  • Liaise with relevant individuals and external organisations to arrange meetings, organise schedules, prepare agendas and draft minutes
  • Making travel arrangements and booking accommodation

Meeting and Event Management

  • Provide support for an extensive range of meetings.
  • Planning, managing, and organising client and staff events and providing administrative support such as sending invitations, booking venues and arranging transportation

Bid Support

  • Assist in the preparation of bid submissions including formatting of documents, selecting images, identifying CVs and sourcing case studies
  • Production of bid presentation material
  • Ensure all bids are submitted timeously and are of consistent quality as per client instructions
  • Follow directors' instructions on any other bid tasks

Social Media

  • Update and post all relevant social media posts and assist in the update of the website in conjunction with other colleagues in the office.

Qualifications

  • Self-motivated, proactive, a quick learner, highly organised and able to work on their own initiative with minimum supervision. Familiarity working in a dynamic environment is necessary. Furthermore, excellent communication, coordination skills and ability to deal confidentially with information are important.
  • A minimum of five years admin experience in a professional and demanding environment requiring tact, judgment, and discretion in handling internal and external contacts. Experience within the construction/architectural sector would be advantageous.
  • Use of the Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office suite skills (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
  • Excellent typing skills, good computer literacy speed and accuracy essential.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to maintain balance among multiple priorities, with attention to detail and quality delivery.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail, including proof reading skills, with the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships.
  • Experience of diary management, researching and booking of travel and accommodation.
  • Take-up of additional responsibilities and challenges.
  • Proactive and flexible in approach.

Please apply by submitting your resumé along with a covering letter to edinburgh@jmarchitects.net or S1 Jobs. If applicable, please feel free to attach any relevant examples of previous work up to a maximum size of 3MGB.

No agencies please.

jmarchitects is enthusiastically committed to promoting equality and diversity