Simpson & Brown Architects with Addyman Archaeology



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Heritage Consultancy: 

Heritage Consultancy Team Assistant

Simpson & Brown is one of the leading experts in historic buildings and sites, with 40 years of experience working with some of the United Kingdom’s most important built heritage. The Heritage Consultancy Team, based in Edinburgh, provides expert advice on how to balance the conservation of our heritage with the social, cultural and economic needs of today. 

We produce informative and decisive documents that help manage change in the historic environment. Our reports are recognised as leaders in the field, and have supported projects all over the UK and beyond: private, public, community and lottery-funded. As part of a wider architecture and archaeology practice, we use skills and experience from across the office to ensure reports are effective, helping to engage with stakeholders, funders, planners and decision-makers.

Simpson & Brown is committed to employee development, having a strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and all employees are eligible for funding to pursue their own CPD goals through training, seminars, conferences etc. 

The role

Simpson & Brown is looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and well qualified person to join the Heritage Consultancy Team in Edinburgh. The position is aimed at a recent graduate of a relevant degree, or similar. The post would be full time, for a six-month initial period. Start date would be as soon as possible following successful interview, at the end of w/c 18th or w/c 25th June 2018.

The work would primarily consist of researching and writing a variety of material as part of longer documents being worked on by the wider team, relating to the built environment. These documents include presentation of historical research and analysis (based on primary and secondary sources), and analysis of views and setting of heritage assets. This would include visiting historic sites being worked on by the team, and archives and collections, across the UK. Often sites are not accessible by public transport, so a driving licence would be beneficial.

One thing that makes Simpson & Brown documents market-leading is the use of analytical illustrations done in house, which summarise these components, to convey the key messages of the document to the reader. An ability to visualise space is essential, and some experience with illustration software would be beneficial. 

Our documents include conservation statements, conservation plans, heritage statements, and heritage impact assessments for all types of built heritage assets, and including designed landscapes. These documents influence the design process, and good general architectural knowledge with some technical knowledge would be beneficial.

These documents are professionally written and constructed, and good experience of using MS Word and academic referencing is essential. 

A key ability required in this role is being able to work as part of a team, contributing to projects being worked on by several people with a Partner in charge.

The job description is not intended to be exhaustive and other duties within the practice may be required including occasional general office administration and support to other members of staff.

Knowledge and experience

Broad knowledge of the history of architecture, art and landscape architecture in Britain
Some general and technical architectural knowledge
Ability to carry out primary and secondary source research systematically and efficiently 


A good undergraduate degree in architectural history, archaeology, history of art with special focus on the historic environment, or conservation of the historic environment.

Skills: essential

Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Intermediate competency in Microsoft Office
Basic competency in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop or Illustrator, and InDesign
Excellent organisational skills to manage multiple and competing demands, and ability to work under pressure to deliver to deadlines

Desirable knowledge, qualifications and skills

Full and clean driving licence
Specialist knowledge of a particular historical period 
Post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline

How to apply

Please email your CV, including details of any relevant academic courses taken as part of your degree, and highlighting other relevant experience with a covering letter to, by close of business, Monday 18th June 2018.  Please note that applicants must have the right to work in the UK.