When I think of the countryside and buildings I think Old Barns, farmers markets, brew pubs, country house estates. When you do see Social Housing, Industrial, Commercial or Leisure buildings there's always an interesting element to the buildings. There's a wider variety of building materials, traditional brick becomes slate, metallic cladding becomes burnt larch, you might make use of hay insulation or even living roofing materials.
Do you get more satisfaction out of drawing up the latest high rise in the city? Is it more interesting or diverse?
Every now and again a practice I've never heard of pops up and makes me re-evaluate what I know about local Architecture and business. You won't have heard of this company before, but when you do, you'll get a big surprise about the scale and calibre of this Architectural Practice.
It's not for everyone because not everyone thinks that a £30m Commercial project in Kendal or a £15m Housing scheme in Garstang is going to be as exciting, as innovative or interesting as the same project in Greater Manchester or Leeds. In my opinion they would be wrong to think that way.
Not least because the mix of large and small projects offers a high degree of opportunity to progress. You may not be able to job run one of the big schemes coming out of this practice right now, or even one of the big packages from day one. You could run the smaller ones though from day one. You'll get all of the support you would imagine, but this business has a five year plan for you.
You might be starting off on something like £35,000 in a mid level Architectural Technologist job, but you'll end up in a £45,000 Technical Lead position. Or that's the plan. It's easy to see the stepping stones that will get you there too in an Architectural practice that has such a wide variety of projects and project types of all sizes.
Maybe you're doing a big commute to Manchester, or Leeds, or Preston and can't bear to think about sitting in traffic or standing sandwiched into another late train. There's no problem rocking up to your own parking space in a location free of busy motorways, dual carriageways and miserable train stations. You can start thinking about getting home in time for your tea again if you live in Blackburn, Burnley, Harrogate, Keighley, Bradford or even anywhere slightly further afield.
They use AutoCAD right now, they're thinking about Revit but you don't need that experience of that to work there right now.
It might feel like you're limited in a rural or semi rural location when it comes to opportunities, it might feel like you have to go to Leeds or Manchester or just make do with a small slow paced practice. This opportunity won't feel like you have to accept any of that.