Architect / Assistant Director

2024 marks our Practice’s 150th anniversary and as part of our continued consolidation and expansion, a unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced Architect to join the Practice at high level, with a pre- agreed career progression to Directorship or, dependent upon qualifications and experience, to possibly become part of the Directorship immediately.

Company Description

Wood Goldstraw Yorath is North Staffordshire’s largest and longest standing Architectural Practice and was established in 1874. The Practice operates nationally and is Quality Assured to ISO 9001. Operating in sectors such as private housing, social housing, commercial, industrial, health, educational, and ecclesiastical, Wood Goldstraw Yorath is a multi-disciplinary Practice whose core diciplines are Architecture, Quantity Surveying/construction cost management, CDM Consultancy/Principal Designers & Project Managers. We operate on a digital, paper-light basis utilising BIM (Building Information Modelling) across all of our projects to facilitate a fully inclusive process culminating in succesful, cost effective, high-quality solutions.

Role Description

This is a full-time role and central to our in-house Architectural discipline, predominantly undertaking feasibility and scheme designwork (i.e. RIBA work stages 0-3 incl) but also providing guidance and general liaison once projects are passed on to our various technical design teams to ensure a cohesive and seamless design evolution and delivery (i.e. through RIBA work stages 4-7 incl) . Additionally, experienced Architects with conservation experience and appropriate accreditation are also welcome to apply and would, in addition to the above role, also head up and be given the remit and suppport to expand the Practice’s Heritage & Conservation section. This is a hybrid role, with the majority of work being undertaken in our offices in Stoke-On-Trent, but also allowing for flexibility to work remotely. Currently, our workload is generally of a regional nature, although we work nationally. Accordingly, all applicants must hold a full, clean drivers licence and have their own vehicle.


  • Must be ARB registered.
  • Strong contemporary design skills and the ability to ‘think outside the box’
  • Design philosophy must demonstrate sustainability and energy efficiency as core values
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Comfortable and able to work as part of a team as well as in isolation
  • Proficient knowldge of prevailing planning legislation
  • Awareness of general build costs and ability to design within given budget cost limits
  • Must have excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Fluent in the use of BIM (We use ArchiCAD throughout- training will be given where necessary)
  • Must be proficient in use of general software tools ( Word, Outlook, Excel, NBS, etc)
  • Must be prepared to assist in mentoring younger and less experienced professionals in the Practice.
  • Membership of the RIBA would be an advantage but is not essential.
  • A relevant conservation accrediation (e.g., AABC or similar) would also be an advantage but is not essential.
  • Must be able to demonstrate minimum 10 years post-qualification experience in similar work environments.


The salary range will commence at @£40k although the successful applicant will be rewarded with a salary/reimbursement package commensurate with their specific qualifications and experience.

Applications are to be emailed to before 12th July 2024. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.