About us

jmarchitects has developed into one of the UK’s foremost architectural practices since its formation in 1962. We provide design services in architecture, masterplanning, urban planning, interior design, 3D visualisation and sustainability to both private and public sector clients. We have studios in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. 

Practice Profile

jmarchitects is an award winning architectural practice with extensive experience in education, community, health, social housing, commercial, private residential, retail, and sports and leisure projects. 

We regularly undertake complex projects of up to £100m in value. 'Complexity' can take the form of multiple client / stakeholder representatives, phased demolition and construction over an extended period of time, site sensitivity or listed status of existing fabric, or even simply the scale of a particularly large, involved project. We have experience in all of these areas; our team scopes the level of complexity from the outset and formulates an action plan to manage and control any challenges throughout.

Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility

Environmental policy

jmarchitects believe that high quality sustainable design is an essential part of the evolution of good buildings.  Environmental understanding should inform all our projects. We have therefore established a policy which commits the company to the adoption of a sustainable approach to design, working with our clients and other members of the design and construction team to produce architecture which minimises its impact on the environment now and into the future. To read our full policy click here


Our aim is to create the best spaces, buildings and places with a level of design excellence that satisfies, delights and inspires. We understand that the success of any project lies in the relationship between client and architect; hence we adopt a collaborative, balanced and integrated approach.

Success is ultimately measured against our clients’ needs and objectives. By listening to and understanding their goals, we ensure their expectations correspond with our own. We consider all the key design drivers of each project including cost, programme, life cycle, and operations requirements.

We seek to establish and maintain an open communication and consultation process, which allows all stakeholders to be involved at the right level and at the right time. Our experience ranges across a number of sectors, and we ensure our team has a high level of design experience in many building types, allowing cross-fertilisation between building forms and types. Our track record demonstrates the quality of our work: the practice has won numerous high profile awards, both for design and technical services.  

We seek to exceed the expectations of our clients by creating design solutions inspired by location, site and place that provide sustainability, flexibility and delight.



  • Scottish Property Awards, Calderwood Primary School - Architectural Excellence (Public Use) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards, Calderwood Primary School – Development of the Year (Public) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards, Brewer's Court – Build to Rent Development of the Year – Finalist


  • Brick Awards, Walker Primary School – Education – Commended
  • Scottish Home Awards, Maryhill Locks – Innovation in Design – Winner
  • Scottish Home Awards, Baltic Mill – Renovation of the Year – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards, St Andrew's Drive – Affordable Housing – Commendation
  • Scottish Design Awards, St Andrew's Drive – Residential (Multi Unit) – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards, Stirling Health and Care Village – Health Care Development of the Year – Finalist
  • RIAS Awards, Maryhill Locks – Winner


  • GIA Awards - Market Street Hotel – Leisure/ Arts Category - Commendation
  • Ahead Awards - Market Street Hotel – Shortlisted
  • Ahead Awards -Stock Exchange Hotel – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards - Market Street Hotel - ARCHITECTURE: Commercial/Office/Hotel Building or Project - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Maryhill Locks - ARCHITECTURE: Residential: - Commended
  • Scottish Property Awards - Market Street Hotel – Architectural Excellence (Commercial Use) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards -Market Street Hotel – Development of the Year (Commercial Buildings) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - Alyth Primary School – Architectural Excellence (Public Use) – Highly Commended
  • Scottish Property Awards - Alyth Primary School – Development of the Year (Public Buildings) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Healthcare Development of the Year – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - Wallyford Primary School – Development of the Year (Public Buildings) – Winner
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards- Market Street Hotel – Retail and Leisure Architect of the Year – Shortlisted


  • AJ Specification Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Shortlisted
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre - Award for Best Healthcare Development (UK) – Highly Commended
  • GIA Awards - Alyth Primary School – Education – Commendation
  • GIA Awards - Invergarven ASN – Education – Commendation
  • GIA Awards - Maryhill Locks – Residential – Won
  • GIA Awards - St. Andrews Drive – Residential – Shortlisted
  • GIA Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Healthcare – Commendation
  • Education Building Awards - Architectural Practice of the Year - Winner
  • Dundee Civic Trust Awards - Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites – Commendation
  • Specifi Awards - Wallyford Primary School – Edinburgh Project of the Year - Winner
  • AJ Architecture Awards - Gorbals – Health & Wellbeing Category - Winner
  • Brick Awards - New Gorbals Health & Care Centre – Urban Regeneration – Commendation
  • Brick Awards - The Old Printworks (Lutton Court) – Large Housing Development - Shortlisted
  • National Housing Awards - Alton Road - Best Scheme in Planning (30+ units) – Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Alyth Primary School (Education Building or Project) - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - The Yard – submitted by Chambers Macmillan Architects (Future Building or Project) - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Hotel Indigo & Staybridge Suites (Re-use of a Listed Building) - Highly Commended
  • Scottish Design Awards - Gorbals Health & Care Centre (Health Building or Project) - Highly Commended
  • Scottish Design Awards - Buccleuch Place, Meadow Lane (Residential Project) - Highly Commended
  • Specifi Awards - New Gorbals Health & Care Centre - Commendation
  • Edinburgh Architectural Awards - Alyth Primary School - Ambassador Award - Winner
  • RIAS Awards - Orchard Brae ASN - Shortlisted
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards - Education Architect of the Year (Nursery - 6th Form) - Winner
  • Partnerships Awards - Lossiemouth High School & Alness Academy - Best Education and Higher Education Project - Shortlisted-
  • The Scottish Property Awards - Largs Academy - Shortlisted- Hub SW
  • Civic Trust Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Commendation


  • The Grafters Awards - jmarchitects - Best Commercial Architectural Practice (Special Commendation)
  • Dezeen Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Hospitality Building - Winner
  • Property Week Awards - Buccleuch Place Meadow Lane - University Halls of Residence of the Year - Shortlisted
  • AJ Awards - Garnock Community Campus - School Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Maggie’s, St. Bart’s - Health & Wellbeing Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - Largs Academy - Innovation in Delivering Value - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - Alyth Primary School - Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - jmarchitects - Architectural Practice of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Mitchell Close - Housing Crisis Solution Award - Shortlisted
  • AAB Leaf Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Shortlisted
  • Architizer A+ Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Health Care & Wellness - Jury Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Education - Shortlisted
  • AJ Awards 2018 - jmarchitects – Ranked 34
  • AJ 100 Awards 2018 - Maggies St. Bart's - Executive Architect of the Year
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards - jmarchitects - Education Architect of the Year - Nursery to 6th Form- Shortlisted
  • EAA Awards - Orchard Brae Complex Needs - Ambassador Award – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Architectural Excellence Award, Public Use - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Community Development Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Development of the Year - Public Use - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards  - Old Printworks Student Accommodation - Student Accommodation Development of the Year - Shortlisted
  • CUBO Awards - Buccleuch Place and Meadow Lane - Best Student Housing – Shortlisted
  • AIA Healthcare Design Awards - Maggie’s St. Barts - Category A Winner


  • Scottish Home Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - James Gillespie's Campus - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - Portobello High School - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner (Regeneration)
  • Scottish Design Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner (Public Realm and Landscaping)
  • Scottish Design Awards - James Gillespie's - Shortlisted (Education Building)
  • EAA Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Commendation (Large Project Award)
  • EAA Awards - James Gillespie's Campus - Shortlisted
  • Construction News Project of the Year Award - Albert Halls, Bolton - Winner
  • Living Heritage Award - Albert Halls, Bolton - Winner


  • Property Week Student Accommodation Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Best University Halls of Residence 
  • Scottish Property Awards Student Accommodation Development of the Year - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner
  • Scottish Property Awards Architectural Excellence Award - James Gillespies Campus - Winner
  • Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner
  • CUBO Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Best Student Housing 
  • GIA - Education - James Gillespie High School - Winner
  • Civic Trust Awards - Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - Winner
  • AR Future Projects Commendation - Market Street Hotel
  • Civic Trust Awards - Regional Finalist - The Albus


Manchester: Studio Manager / Administrator

At jmarchitects we’re passionate about making the difference. That means delivering better outcomes for our clients, helping our people to realize their potential, and doing our part to create a prosperous society. Our team is dynamic, innovative, and client-focused, supported by an inclusive and fun company culture. Our clients value our proactive approach, depth of expertise, integrity, and the quality of the projects we deliver.

A Studio Manager/Administrator is sought for our Manchester city centre practice. The successful candidate will be the assured and professional face and voice of the firm to its visitors and callers as well as the go-to support person for the busy architectural team.

Duties will include assisting the Manchester Directors and Seniors with office planning, projections, monthly billings and submission of data to Head Office, maintaining and updating office procedures and acting as the office Fire Marshall and Health & Safety officer.

He or she will also have a range of other support duties including typing of letters and other correspondence, ordering and maintaining office supplies, booking travel, and generally keeping the office running smoothly.

Bid Support: This person will have a bid support role involving collaboration with the bid team and Directors across our UK locations using common desktop publishing software such as Photoshop and InDesign.

Meeting and Event Management: Provide support for an extensive range of meetings.

Planning, managing, and organising client and staff events and providing administrative support such as sending invitations, booking venues and arranging transportation

Social Media: Update and post all relevant social media posts and assist in the update of the website in conjunction with other colleagues in the office.


  • Self-motivated, proactive, a quick learner, highly organised and able to work on their own initiative with minimum supervision. Familiarity working in a dynamic environment is necessary. Furthermore, excellent communication, coordination skills and ability to deal confidentially with information are important.
  • Experience in a professional and demanding environment requiring tact, judgment, and discretion in handling internal and external contacts.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office suite skills (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
  • Good computer literacy speed and accuracy essential.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to maintain balance among multiple priorities, with attention to detail and quality delivery.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail, including proof reading skills, with the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships.
  • Experience of diary management, researching and booking of travel and accommodation.
  • Take-up of additional responsibilities and challenges.
  • Proactive and flexible in approach.

No agencies please.
jmarchitects is enthusiastically committed to promoting equality and diversity in all our offices.

Candidates interested in this opportunity should submit a CV and covering email.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £24,000.00-£30,000.00 per year


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Life insurance
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Manchester, M1 6HS: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Applications can be submitted through Indeed.