D5 embrace innovation and celebrate the uniqueness in any project regardless of size. The practice is an open organisation embracing the ambition of its staff and harnessing this to the benefit of the client.
The team at D5 bring commitment, enthusiasm and experience across a broad range of sectors to the service of the client.
The client is central to the D5 approach. The quality of our architecture is a reflection of our understanding of the client, their organisation and their needs.
The team at D5 constantly aim for the responsible and considered use of materials, compositions and form to create a rounded environmental response. We aim to drive a sustainable agenda through reduced capital and revenue costs to clients to minimize the impact of development upon the environment.
We bring design quality to all projects to give the client and community the established added value good design bestows. We believe in a responsive, contemporary and inclusive built environment embracing democratic and humanistic values for the good of all who interact with the architecture.
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
D5 Architects LLP is an RIBA Chartered Practice with senior members of staff all members of the Institute.
Architects Registration Board (ARB)
Investors In People
D5 Architects are accredited with Investors In People, reflecting the importance of the staff to the practice. The programme helps to develop staff needs in line with practice activities and formalises the staff feedback and review process.
Safe Contractor in Business
The SafeContractor scheme provides an accredited health and safety audit service for contractors and businesses to reassure clients that health and safety is being handled correctly and sufficiently by members businesses.
ISO 9001 Quality Management System
D5 operate a certified quality management system to ISO 9001, demonstrates the practices ability to consistently provide services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system.
ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
D5 operate a certified environmental management system to ISO 14001, which maps out a framework that the practice follows to effectively manage environmental systems and provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
D5 Architects provide a fully indemnified architectural service. The practice carries £10m Professional Indemnity Insurance, £5m Public Liability Insurance and £10m Employers Liability Insurance.
Equal Opportunities Policy
D5 Architects welcome all job applicants, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, religion or beliefs.
D5 Architects have a strong relationship with the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design at Birmingham City University. The practice encourages staff to take an active role in architectural education as visiting critics and tutors.
D5’s connection with the School not only gives the opportunity for qualified staff to give something back and support architectural education, it also benefits the individual and the practice to remain current with developments in architectural design theory. Madeleine Dring, Partner, is a Professional Examiner for the RIBA Part III Professional Practice course and has taught and acted as visiting critic on the post graduate RIBA Part II course for more than a decade prior to holding this post. Team members are encouraged and supported to both teach and act as critics at all levels of the course.
D5 also supports other educational programmes that rely on contact with live projects through practice, and annually offers work experience opportunities to school students and visits local schools through the RIBA education programme.
We actively support part time student staff with a commitment to provide a range of experience and support in preparation for professional practice qualifications. This includes seminars, mentoring and whole office reviews to bring a wide range of experience to relevant topics.
The head, heart and hands of the practice are the staff. We believe in the nurture, development and exercise of aptitude and talent. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts and all staff are encouraged to connect with and realise their potential at every level.
Architectural Assistant - Part II
"It was a rainy day in Arran that first set me on the path of architecture…"
"...there's no substitute to getting your hands dirty when you want to understand how something works."
Architectural Assistant - Part III
An enjoyable working environment to create mutually rewarding business relationships
Architectural Assistant - Part II
interest focuses on the relationship between social and physical contexts, particularly the role perception plays as mediator between the two.
Applicants should be highly motivated, be able to work within a team and have excellent design and communication skills. We aim for staff to be involved throughout the duration of a project to provide a sense of ownership for project staff and continuity of service to our clients.
We actively support part time student staff with a commitment to provide a range of experience and study tuition. We offer a range of benefits including paid RIBA & ARB subscriptions, and Part 1, 2 & 3 fees within a tailored salary.
Our office is an open and friendly working environment. Weekly whole office meetings provide a forum for debate and everyone is encouraged to comment on competitions and projects. Another area of much debate is the office play list with nearly all forms of music tolerated.
To be considered for vacancies at the practice, please send us your CV including examples of your work, by post or email (in pdf format).