We are always on the look out for talented and creative people to join our team of residential architects.
If you would like to find out more about working for Granit please read below a typical day in the life of our part 1 Architectural Assistant/ Interior Designer, Linzi Kettle. If you enjoy creative design and problem solving you will enjoy working for Granit Architects.
Thursday 21st August
9.30 Arrive first thing aware that it will be another busy day. Unpack my bag and sit down at my desk. I open up my email and begin to go through them. I see a variety from clients and contractors, the most pressing of which is from a client. They are running a little bit late for our meeting this morning.
10.15 Finish working through my emails and head out towards Buckingham Palace to meet with the client and planners on site. We have proposed a dormer extension to a one bed flat, and in principle I think the planner may be on board, but we’ll just have to wait and see when the decision comes through in a few weeks. Whilst waiting for the planner, the client and I talked about the next stages. It sounds like we may get chance to work on the interiors for this project which I am really looking forward to.
11.30 Head back to the office after the meeting.
I spend the next hour with my fellow Granitians working on proposals for our move to new offices in a few months. My role is to help source some of the materials – flooring, tiling etc along with kitchen and sanitaryware. We have quite a tight budget and the directors are our clients!! It’s going to look great though when it’s all complete.
12.30 Short meeting with one of the directors to review the meeting this morning.
13.00 Lunch time and a few of us head over to Sainsbury’s and grab sandwiches to enjoy on Clapham Common before going back to the office. When I arrive back, a couple of the others are talking about their Bank Holiday plans this weekend.
14.00 Back to work and I work on a detailed design package for a listed building in Camden. I am currently in the process of producing a draft copy of drawings and documents that we will be issuing for tender in the next couple of weeks.
14.45 A quick break and a chat with Issie (the office manager) and I get on with working up some interior options – paint colours, floor finishes and material ideas for the communal areas in a development of apartments in Denmark Hill. The whole building needs updating and the client has asked for us to create a hotel-like feel to the communal areas. I work up a few options for another member of the team to present to the clients in a couple of days.
16.00 It’s 4pm and I receive a call from a client that is undergoing a whole house refurbishment that we are working on in Barnes. He has just got back from holiday and wants an update on the project’s progress. He also asked for a list of decisions that were outstanding from him, so I prepared this after the call outlining what items were more urgent than others.
16.30 I go through my emails again, and speak with one of the directors to catch them up on the client in Barnes.
16.45 I begin the last task that must get done today – preparing a feasibility pack for a property near Notting Hill, where we are looking to add a rear extension. There are some strict conservation rules on this area so we are limited in our options. Nevertheless, I work up some options for the clients to consider and send it off to await their feedback. This should be a really interesting project – it is a lovely property.
18.00 Home time. It’s been a good day and I am happy with everything I managed to get through.