Working at JMP
Although we work on some large-scale projects, you’ll find that ours is not a faceless big-practice environment. At JMP you’ll work with sector specialists in an environment where career development is taken seriously from induction onwards. We support our people with ongoing training and CPD, and offer the opportunity to get involved in focus groups such as the Sustainability Working Group.
You can expect to work on a diverse range of projects in the UK and overseas, spanning a variety of sectors in an engaged design studio environment.
Training and Development
JMP offers a dynamic and supportive environment in which to develop a career in the built environment. The practice takes seriously its commitment to furthering architectural education, and supports Part 1, 2 and 3 staff with mentoring programmes, study leave and examination fee assistance. The practice employs London School of Architecture students and hosts the School's annual end of year work-in-progress show. We also collaborate with the LSA on a series of research and development think tanks relating to homelessnes.
Career progression at the practice is demonstrated by the fact that one of our directors started their career here as a Part 1. For non-architects, the practice supports members of the marketing team to attend CIM courses, and encourages members of the accounts team to pursue further CIMA qualifications.
The practice also works with a local training organisation to give placements to apprentices, many of whom have taken their first steps into employment with JMP.
John McAslan + Partners recognise the value of benefits and offer all staff a generous package. We also acknowledge that our staff are looking for increasingly flexible working arrangements and are highly responsive to individual needs, accommodating childcare, staff sabbaticals and career breaks, teaching roles and training courses.
We endeavour to continually adapt our benefits packages to address the increasingly high costs of living in London. With benchmarking studies showing that salaries across the industry are not necessarily keeping pace, we have introduced innovations including a rental deposit scheme to help staff with the cost of moving and a shopping perks scheme that cuts the cost of groceries and other day-to-day essentials.
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Employment Case Study
Maeve Lock originally joined the practice in 2014 as a trainee visualiser and is a recent staff member to benefit from JMP’s architectural apprenticeships scheme.
‘I joined the visualisation team at John McAslan + Partners back in June 2014, as a Part I architecture graduate from the University of Northumbria. I was lucky enough to be asked to work projects across the practice including a new building for St Paul’s Girls’ School in London forming part of a wider masterplan and large-scale regeneration projects in Doha, Qatar. It was an extraordinary opportunity for a young graduate. While being trained to produce press-quality visualisations, I was also furthering my understanding of how an international architectural practice operates across a variety of sectors. This convinced me that I should continue my architectural studies rather than pursuing a career as a visualiser.
The practice was incredibly encouraging, allowing me to switch roles and start working as an architectural assistant, initially to help with a variety of significant competition submissions, and then to work on the Stage 2 development of the new National Collections Facility for The National Galleries of Scotland. I am currently part of the team working on the planning application for the Global Leadership Centre for the Saïd Business School at The University of Oxford, a scheme that will transform the 19th-century Osney Power Station into a residential campus hosting training courses for senior executives. I have a strong personal interest in this scheme, having worked on the original competition visuals, back in 2015, right through to Stage 4. It was this project that proved to be a game-changer for me, convincing me to make the decision to return to architecture.
Encouraged by Natasha Manzaroli and other Partners here at JMP, I am enrolling on the newly introduced apprenticeship schemes run by the RIBA as a route to Part 2 and Part 3 qualification. This means I will be mentored and guided by the practice through my studies before finally qualifying as an architect.’