International Architecture Showcase 2014 © British Council
27 October 2016
by Monique Ricketts
The British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion (ADF) department is seeking an Architecture Programme Manager. The successful candidate will provide specialist support to British Council offices overseas to ensure the development, implementation and management of high-quality, strategic architecture programmes which meet specific regional requirements and support the British Council’s cultural relations objectives. This is a permanent post on a full-time basis based in London.
Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:
- Leading in the development and presentation of specific project or programme proposals, including the architecture-related component of wider programmes, to ensure these are soundly based and gain approval.
- Actively building professional networks and information channels that maintain an excellent understanding of relevant developments, stakeholders and opinion formers in the architecture sector.
- Proactively identifying and cultivating potential/actual partners for project and programme development and delivery, and securing the successful achievement of British Council objectives.
- Contributing to the development of the exhibitions for the British Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale.
- Leading on ADF’s relationship with at least one region within the British Council network, becoming an expert on the context and being the first point of contact for partners and internal colleagues within ADF department across all three disciplines.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
A good, wide knowledge of contemporary UK architecture and the ability to make critical judgements across different genres.
A good network of contacts across the UK architecture sector.
A track record in programming architecture events, and commissioning exhibition and graphic designers.
The ability to write and edit effectively for a variety of different audiences; and to use digital platforms including blogs and social media.
In the Architecture Design Fashion department we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary design sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working on design exhibitions, events, residencies and other projects within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with designers and design organisations to build relationships between the cultural, educational and professional institutions in the UK and around the world.
The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.
Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 13 November 2016.
For full role profile and to apply, click here.