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PRACTICE PROFILE - JOHN THOMPSON & PARTNERS

CAREERS GUIDE

Location London, Edinburgh and Berlin

Staff 28 architects 8 Part 2 qualified 2 year-out students 3 urban designers 7 architectural technologists 3 visualisation specialists 2 community planners 4 graphic designers 13 admin and support What type of work does the practice specialise in?

Project teams include architects, urban designers and collaborative planning specialists working together on new settlements, urban extensions, high-density inner-city infill schemes, waterfront development and one-off architecture. An in-house team specialises in heritage-led regeneration as well as the conservation and reuse of historic buildings, and the office also runs a graphic-design unit visualisation team, and associated model-making workshop.

Current projects are located throughout the UK, and across Europe including Russia, the Netherlands, Iceland, Turkey, Ireland and Germany. Many of the overseas projects are developed through intensive charette processes involving local expertise, and give staff the experience of working in other cultures.

Recent successes?

Since 2000, the practice has won more than 35 awards, and is currently the only office in the UK to hold three Building for Life Gold Standard awards.

What benefits do you offer staff?

Professional and personal aspirations are developed through a structured plan and individuals are supported through our mentoring programme. Additional benefits include 25 days holiday, profit share, an annual office trip for staff and their partners, health insurance and life-assurance benefit, workplace childcare scheme/childcare vouchers, free travel insurance, interestfree season-ticket loan, payment of professional membership fees, and study leave/financial help towards Part 3 qualification.

Which CAD packages do you use?

Microstation, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp.

Staff spotlight on. . .

Name Samantha Cheong Age 26 Status Part 2 qualified architectural assistant Education Oxford Brookes University, University of Westminster When did you join the practice?

2006 What do you like about working there?

John Thompson & Partners was my first architectural workplace and I started out as a very shy gap-year student, eager to understand the world of architecture. I soon become a practice 'perennial', coming back each year with more to offer and more to learn. The office has a proactive approach to education and personal development, and has set up a 'Special Projects' unit to allow Part 3 students such as myself to gain experience of smaller-scale work while also being involved on major regeneration projects. Office trips, the 'design fests' and other social events contribute to an enjoyable working environment.

Contact details Wren House 43 Hatton Garden London EC1N 8EL Tel: 020 7405 1211 Fax: 020 7405 1221 Email: info@jtp. co. uk Web: www. jtp. co. uk

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