We're Hiring: Architects

Buttress is looking for Architects to join our Manchester and/or Leeds studios.

Buttress’ Ancoats studio is looking for Architects to join the Residential team and Arts, Culture and Heritage team. People who share our passion for positively shaping the places we live, work, and play through excellent, thoughtful, and contextual architecture.


About Us

Buttress Architects is a practice of 70+ individuals based across Manchester and Leeds. We are a vibrant community, united by a shared vision and a passion for creating extraordinary spaces.

We believe in more than just financial success; we embrace a 'triple bottom line' approach that values profit, people, and the planet as equal measures of our achievements. We strive to make a positive impact in all that we do.

People are the driving force behind our business. We recognise that their talent, creativity, and dedication are our greatest assets. That's why we are committed to their growth and development, investing in coaching, training, and endless opportunities to enrich both their professional and personal lives.

We foster a studio environment that encourages authenticity, celebrating diverse perspectives and personalities. We believe that by embracing our differences, we can unleash unlimited creativity and innovation, ultimately shaping better places for people to enjoy.

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About You

You will be between 1 and 3 years qualified and looking for the next step in your development in a collaborative and motivated team. With demonstrable experience in a range, you can sit into any RIBA project stage from creative, considered, and well-presented concepts to proficient technical design and delivery.

We use a range of professional software in the studio, and excellent skills in Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD are essential, as well as strong capability in the use of Adobe software and visualisation tools like Enscape and Lumion. Ideally, you will have experience of BIM level 2.

Used to collaborative working in a team you can contribute positively and take forward projects in a self-directed manner. You will have the opportunity to engage with and support our culture, befitting from opportunities to develop and grow, taking on more responsibility and becoming a seasoned architect.


If you are offered a position, we may take up references and may ask you to undertake an assessment on Autodesk Revit, so we can establish training needs at the earliest possible stage.


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What We Can Offer

We understand that loving where you work is vital. We work hard to create a company culture that is supportive, inclusive, and fun. We celebrate our differences and ensure that everyone has a voice and is respected, valued, and heard. You will receive a competitive salary dependent on experience with a range of benefits:

  • Minimum 30 days holiday
  • Enrolment in our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free annual flu vaccinations
  • Flexible working policy
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Sick pay
  • Wellbeing initiatives and mental health first aiders
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Tech scheme
  • Staff trip
  • Pension with employer contributions at 3%
  • Long service recognition
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What Our Staff Say....

"The people and the support network.  I’ve not experienced this anywhere else.  People are very comfortable about asking for advice and giving support.  There’s also the opportunity to take your career in many different directions.   For example, when I expressed an interest in the carbon calculator, I was invited to be part of it from the beginning.   Everyone gets this level of personal development and it means that the practice moves forward and stays current. 

I also enjoy that people have such great passion for the projects that we’re working on."


Paul Nelson (Senior Architect)

The variation of the projects, multiple sectors and that the fact that we keep winning work is testament to Buttress’ people and teams.

"I’ve always loved history and the stories of the past that have shaped our present. Working with historic buildings indulges my interest in history, whilst giving me the opportunity to safeguard and enrich it for others to enjoy. Working in the heritage team, I also have the opportunity to apply my heritage training to some really interesting projects and help solve complex issues, which is something that I really enjoy.

Each project is different, with its own complexities, and I relish the exciting challenge each one brings. It is extremely rewarding to have responsibility for protecting our heritage and to play a part in continuing the story."


Lucy Ashcroft (Architect)

Applications close Friday 14th July 2023.