Senior Architect

Orkidstudio Orkidstudio Employer:
Nairobi, KELocation:
Wed, Oct 24 '18Posted on:

Are you a skilled architect or experienced designer who is talented in project management? Do you have a passion for contributing to community empowerment through your work? Orkidstudio wants you.


Orkidstudio is looking to grow its team by bringing on a Senior Designer/ Architect to oversee a portfolio of design projects. The successful applicant will be able to work within a dynamic and challenging environment alongside a highly talented team, driven by social impact and creating architecture that significantly impacts health and dignity in the built environment.

We are also looking for a Senior Healthcare Designer with significant experience in the design and delivery of hospitals. Expertise on this will be highly valued.


This is a full-time position based at our Nairobi office in Kenya and candidates should have minimum 15 years’ experience.


    Architectural Designer:

    • Manage the execution of design projects from beginning to end, within budget and according to agreed-upon timelines;
    • Oversee contract administration and liaise and maintain communications with project clients, professional consultants and any other individuals or groups involved in each project;
    • Ensure compliance with regulations and codes and have a strong understanding of quality standards;
    • Ensure compliance and alignment of all design projects with Orkidstudio’s social impact strategies;
    • Have a detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of construction, including experience with a variety of building systems (RC frame, masonry, timber frame and earthen methods are particularly relevant);
    • Experience with on-site construction administration;
    • Makes independent decisions on architectural problems and methods;
    • Reviews and approves all work performed under his supervision;
    • Applies skills to minimise risks and vulnerabilities and seeks means to improve efficiencies and reduce costs;
    • Trained in commonly-used industry software (AutoCAD, MS Excel, Project), and an aptitude for learning new software;
    • Strong leadership skills and confidence directing and supervising teams of people;
    • A strong aptitude for problem-solving and clear decision-making within a challenging and pressured environment;
    • Mentor and supervise less experienced Designers and Drafters to build their capacity, confidence and knowledge.


    Social Impact:

    • Value Orkidstudio’s mission and demonstrate commitment to ensuring social impact goals are met on each project, with a focus on delivering healthy, safe and dignified spaces;
    • Experience training or working with community teams, especially in design or construction, is a bonus.


    Business Development:

    Our ethos at Orkidstudio is to promote a culture of collective responsibility and equal, collaborative working. Part of this involves a shared approach to developing and growing the organisation. From time-to-time you may be asked to commit time to networking on behalf of Orkidstudio, seeking new clients, creating viable opportunities and contributing to the strategic, business and financial growth of the organisation. This is an important part of your role and time should be spent on this area on an ongoing basis.


    Desired Candidate Profile

    • Minimum 15 years’ experience in architecture;
    • Willing and able to travel within East Africa and Zambia;
    • Passionate about developing communities and empowering women in the workforce;
    • Entrepreneurial, independent and proactive worker, able to multi-task under pressure;
    • Strong communication and listening skills to promote a collaborative environment;
    • Attention to detail, especially ensuring safety and legality;
    • Key managerial skills, including having had control over project budgets and schedules;
    • Strong expertise coordinating projects and ensuring high quality outcomes;
    • Expertise in healthcare design will be especially valued;
    • Experience working with alternative building materials would be a plus (non-essential);
    • Registered with a relevant professional board or body a plus (non-essential).



Please send your CV, cover letter and portfolio to

Portfolios bigger than 5MB will not be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we will only be able to approach you if your application proves successful.

As well as understanding your experience and suitability for the role, please make sure to tell us why working for Orkidstudio and pursuing a career which delivers social impact is important to you.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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