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PRACTICE PROFILE - BDP

CAREERS GUIDE

Location Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton

Staff 1,100 staff: 500 architects 400 in other technical disciplines What kind of work does the practice specialise in?

BDP was established in 1961. Our chairman is an architect, but we are an interdisciplinary firm where architects work alongside engineers, planners, interior designers and other specialist teams of professionals to provide an integrated, comprehensive service.

We work across many sectors - culture, leisure, heritage, conservation, retail, urbanism, transport, infrastructure, industry, R&D, offices, healthcare, education, housing, police and court facilities, and the public realm.

Recent successes?

In 2006 we won 33 awards and commendations, including a RIBA Award, the supreme award from the British Council of Offices and a gold award from the British Council of Shopping Centres.

What benefits do you offer staff?

At BDP we believe that learning is at the core of both professional and personal growth. Life here begins with a comprehensive introductory programme designed for you to understand our policies, our processes, our business and, most importantly, our goals and the part you will play in helping us achieve those goals. There are regular opportunities for CPD, and our culture of continuous learning means that you not only achieve your professional qualifications, but also continue to develop and grow throughout your career with us. We offer a wide range of benefits. They include profit sharing, tax-efficient SMART benefits, pension scheme with company contribution, life assurance, long-term sickness cover, private medical insurance, paid professional subscriptions, and sponsorship of professional studies where appropriate.

Staff spotlight on. . .

Name Barbara Canal Age 32 Location London offi ce Status Architect Education University of Architecture, Venice, Italy When did you join the practice?

2005 What do you like about working there?

It is a very enthusiastic and multi-cultural environment, with an extraordinary variety of projects. When I first started I had an exciting opportunity: work on a feasibility study for a 40-storey tower in central London.

Coming from a historic country like Italy, to me it is also very important to be able to read and interpret the message which the architecture of the past gives us, and I had the great opportunity to learn this through one of the most iconic buildings in London: the British Museum.

Staff spotlight on. . .

Name Will Thornton Age 32 Location Glasgow offi ce Status Architect Education University College Chichester, Queens, Belfast, and Mackintosh School of Architecture When did you join the practice?

2005 What do you like about working there?

The support, structure and experience of a large practice while working in small focused teams. Following Part 2, I was part of a small team and saw a project from inception to completion. I have now been given the role as project architect on a small college building. Socially, we usually go for drinks on a Friday evening and have varied social events throughout the year. We also have an office football team which plays in the Glasgow League of Architects.

Contact details BDP Email: enquiries@bdp. co. uk Web: www. bdp. co. uk/careers

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