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Architecture

LVI Associates: Your Leading Partner for Exceptional Architecture Talent

Spanning design, planning, and implementation, our global influence and expert knowledge make us the go-to source for permanent, contract, and multi-hire talent solutions throughout all phases of architectural projects.

Leveraging more than a decade of experience in Architecture talent acquisition, we deliver exceptional results in hiring, onboarding, and retention. If you're eager to refine your processes, enhance employee competencies, and stay ahead of the curve with data-backed insights on salaries, benefits, and industry innovations, we're here to help. With our strategic network of Architecture talent, we can expedite your search for specialized experts. Don't hesitate to request a call back today or submit a vacancy specification.

Whether you're on the hunt for world-class architecture talent, or are an Architect exploring new career possibilities, LVI Associates is your trusted ally. Our dedicated team excels in delivering top-tier professionals, including Architectural Planning Directors, Acoustic Consultants, Project Managers, and more.

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Benefits of working with LVI Associates

Architecture hinges on innovative solutions and advanced technology for improved resilience. With an increasing demand for digital tools and automated design processes, factors like talent gaps, COVID-19 impacts, and the push for sustainable structures are driving industry growth.

If you need immediate architectural placements or strategic talent sourcing, we offer the resources and expertise for remarkable results. Here are just a few benefits of collaborating with the LVI Associates Architecture team:

Experience

We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner in Architecture

Network

A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working worldwide across Architecture.

Knowledge

Our award-winning Architecture talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Take the first step in overcoming your talent shortage by completing our form. Our dedicated team awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can effectively partner with your organization to fulfill your Architecture recruitment needs.

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Architecture Jobs

Architects will be crucial as technology persistently revolutionizes the field. We foresee a future where advanced architectural technologies, including 3D modeling, virtual reality, and AI-powered design tools, become the norm in workplaces. Aligning yourself with a talent partner who understands the evolving landscape of Architecture could set your career on a leading edge. Browse our current job openings or submit your CV/resume, and one of our consultants will reach out when a position aligns with your profile.

Structural Engineer

A prominent engineering firm is seeking candidates for the position of Entry Level Structural Engineer in their expanding Portland office. The successful candidate will contribute to various projects by providing structural engineering calculations and drawings across different project types and materials. Collaboration with architects and other disciplines will be key in ensuring the technical delivery of structural engineering documents. The position offers an opportunity to engage with local building jurisdictions to facilitate obtaining building permits and to support the firm's growth in the Portland area. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Structural or Civil Engineering (Master's degree preferred). EIT license is preferred. Proficiency in software including RISA 3D, Microsoft Excel, SAFE, ETABS, Bluebeam, Ram Structural Systems, and Enercalc. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Excellent verbal, written, and decision-making abilities. Familiarity with BIM tools, particularly REVIT Structural. Responsibilities: Undertake detailed engineering design for gravity and lateral systems in concrete, steel, timber, and masonry structures. Directly communicate with clients and building officials. Assist in preparing design development and construction documents. Generate and interpret data from 3D structural analysis models. Collaborate with senior staff to achieve client objectives and contribute to the firm's standards and technical knowledge. Willingness to travel up to 10% to support projects. Compensation: Salary will be based on experience and education.

Negotiable
Portland
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Interior Designer

A top architecture and engineering firm has an amazing opportunity for an Interior Designer with expertise in hospitality, commercial, or corporate experience to join their team. You will be responsible for interpreting, organizing and executing the conceptual design of projects. Responsibilities: Client interface is critical Work directly with clients Conducts programming efforts such as space planning, layout and utilization of furnishings and equipment, lighting and color coordination Develops innovative design concepts Implements all phases of a design project Select and specify furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering and artwork Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Interior Design or Architecture Varied experience in workplace and commercial interiors Comfortable working in Revit 4 plus years' experience in interiors projects required, Must have passed the NCIDQ exam or be a registered Architect with current license Expert computer skills Revit, Adobe Suites, 3D rendering programs Expert attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization, and problem solving If interested in discussing further, please reach out!

Negotiable
Houston
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Project Architect

Position Overview: A highly regarded, employee owned architecture and engineering firm in Austin is looking to hire a Project Architect to join their growing office. As a team leader, the PA is responsible for overseeing the timely and profitable completion of architectural projects. This position involves coordinating the work team, consulting with clients, and ensuring the overall development and successful implementation of specific architectural projects. Key Responsibilities: Design Development and Coordination: Collaborate with design principals or principal-in-charge to develop project designs. Oversee the production of construction documents, ensuring accuracy and adherence to design intent. Coordinate with internal design professionals and external consultants. Construction Administration: Monitor the construction phase, addressing any design-related issues that arise. Collaborate with contractors, ensuring compliance with design specifications. Conduct site visits to verify construction progress and quality. Client Interaction: Consult with clients to understand their vision, requirements, and goals. Present design concepts and progress updates to clients. Address client feedback and incorporate changes as needed. Quality Assurance: Ensure the highest quality standards in design, documentation, and execution. Review and approve construction documents. Implement best practices and industry standards. Project Management: Collaborate with the Project Manager (PM) on project strategies. Assist in project scheduling, budgeting, and resource allocation. Communicate project updates to the PM and client. Team Leadership: Lead and motivate the project team, including architects, designers, and drafters. Foster a collaborative and creative work environment. Mentor junior staff members. Qualifications and Competencies: Licensed Architect: Holds a valid architectural license. Experience: Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in architectural practice. Technical Proficiency: Proficient in design software (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp) and construction documentation. Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Problem-Solving: Ability to address design challenges and find practical solutions. Attention to Detail: Meticulous in reviewing drawings and specifications. Team Player: Works effectively within a multidisciplinary team. Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits package. Unlimited PTO ESOP Program; Shares are granted in the form of bonuses One day a week in-office requirement in Austin or fully remote in Houston Opportunities for professional growth and development. Engaging projects and a supportive work environment. If you are a skilled and passionate architect with a track record of successful project delivery, we encourage you to apply! *this position can also sit fully remote if you are based out of Houston!

Negotiable
Texas
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Architectural Studio Coordinator

A highly regarded multidisciplinary Architecture firm in Dallas is looking to bring on an Architectural Coordinator / Studio Coordinator to their team! Position Overview: As our Studio Coordinator, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless operation of the Architectural studio. You'll be the go-to person for managing administrative tasks, coordinating schedules, and facilitating communication among team members. Your keen attention to detail and proactive approach will be instrumental in maintaining the firm's high standards of efficiency and professionalism. Responsibilities: Overseeing day-to-day operations of the studio, including managing incoming inquiries and correspondence. Coordinating meetings, appointments, and travel arrangements for team members. Assisting with project coordination by organizing files, documents, and project-related materials. Maintaining office supplies inventory and procurement. Supporting the HR department with on-boarding new hires and organizing team-building activities. Collaborating with external vendors and suppliers as needed. Meeting minutes, contracts, scheduling Qualifications: Previous experience in office administration or coordination roles, preferably in the architecture or design industry. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask effectively in a fast-paced environment. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Proficiency in MS Office Suite and other relevant software. A proactive attitude and a willingness to take initiative. Why Join Them? Opportunity to work with a talented and passionate team of architects and designers. Competitive salary and benefits package. Professional development opportunities and room for growth within the company. A supportive and collaborative work environment where your contributions are valued.

Negotiable
Dallas
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Building Envelope Project Manager

We are currently partnered with a full scale architectural and envelope consulting firm who are looking to bring on board a skilled Building Envelope Project Manager to their growing Seattle office. As the Building Envelope Project Manager, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the firm's growth trajectory while working in a vibrant and collaborative environment. Responsibilities: Providing supervision to field personnel and closely monitoring field and construction activities to ensure top-notch quality and timely delivery of projects. Conducting thorough investigations using both destructive and non-destructive methods to assess situations and recommend appropriate courses of action. Performing inspections and observations at existing facilities, focusing on roofing and construction issues. Establishing and maintaining project files, as well as reviewing, creating, and updating the Project Directory. Developing and nurturing relationships with new clients while providing individual facilities management and support for new construction projects. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Architecture or Engineering 5 years of work experience in the construction and/or architectural/engineering industry Registered Roof Consultant (RRC); and/or Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC); and/or Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC) Proficient with Autodesk Suites (Revit, AutoCAD) If you meet the above requirements and you are interested in learning more, please don't hesitate to apply.

US$100000 - US$120000 per annum
Seattle
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Architectural Project Manager

A respected, local, and innovative mid-sized architectural firm which is working on a diverse set projects is seeking a passionate and experienced Project Manager to join and lead a newly developing team in Raleigh, NC! The ideal candidate will have a background executing project, managing design, and leading teams within Civic, Municipal, Public Safety, Education, or Commercial projects. Responsibilities - Collaborate with project teams to develop and refine design concepts. - Take a hands-on approach in project execution, ensuring design intent is maintained throughout the construction phase. - Lead client presentations and meetings to ensure all client goals and expectations can be communicated to project teams and met through delivery. - Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders for seamless project delivery. - Utilize Revit extensively to create and manage project documentation. - Provide Revit support and guidance to team members. - Engage with clients to understand their vision and requirements. - Implement and uphold high-quality standards in design and documentation. - Conduct quality reviews and address any discrepancies. Qualifications - Ideally 15-20+ years of experience as a Project Manager, Architectural Office Lead, or Design Leader - Bachelor's or Master's degree in Architecture. - Proven experience as a Project Manager or Architect covering Municipal, State Government, Civic, Education, Faith, or Commercial projects. - Proficiency in Revit. - Registered Architect is preferred but not mandatory. - Strong design sensibility and attention to detail. - Excellent communication and collaboration skills. Benefits - Hybrid work environment - Competitive salary with annual bonus potential - Comprehensive health and wellness benefits - Ability to contribute to staffing for this new office - Be a part of a highly collaborative and vocal leadership team If the above is of interest to you, apply here, email , or call (857) 453-4036.

Negotiable
Raleigh
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Project Architect

An industry leading architecture firm is seeking a Project Architect with 5+ years of experience in the industry, tasked with overseeing and developing architectural documentation, as well as designing and delivering the project to market. Someone to grow and collaborate with the team to ensure the successful delivery of their services. Responsibilities Manage all phases of projects, development/scoping, design, and construction and ensuring a comprehensive understanding of project requirements. Plans and coordinates Implementing the design concept in alignment with the overall project scope, schedule, and budget. Client and construction team engagement. Oversee construction administration activities Qualifications Bachelor's or Master's degree in Architecture. Architectural license required. 5+ years in the architecture industry. Fluent in Revit. Benefits: Hybrid Schedule Health, dental, vision. 401K company match Flexible PTO If this role looks interesting, submit your resume here!

Negotiable
Atlanta
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Sustainability Manager- DC/Baltimore/Charlotte

Job Summary: We are looking for a strong Sustainability Manager to lead us towards a more sustainable future. This individual will be creative, self-motivated and have a passion for inspiring sustainable design. This role will work between all Market sectors to manage, organize and coordinate with the design and technical project teams throughout the design process. Job Description: Works with directly Market Sector Leaders and project teams to provide input in developing sustainable design strategies as needed. Collaborates with project Principals and Project Managers to present sustainable opportunities to clients as needed through cost-benefit analysis and research on local and federal tax initiatives Collaborates with project Principals and Project Managers to present to lead sustainability charrettes and goal setting Works with our leadership to set and track annual firm sustainability goals Maintains and shares knowledge of evolving building technology and systems Works with our leadership to develop and present firmwide sustainability trainings Collects and analyzes company-level sustainability data including Responsible for 2030 data collection for AIA Responsible for managing the Green rating systems and maintaining public directories Provides marketing data for project pursuits Leads the firmwide Sustainability Action Team and Sustainability team members Job Requirements: 10-20 years of experience in the Architectural or Engineering field Licensed Architect or equivalent licensure in a design field LEED accredited professional required WELL accredited preferred Excellent design, graphic and presentation skills Experience leading client meetings and sub-consultant coordination Strong Revit skills Experience with Covetool or other energy modeling software preferred Experience with Tally or other carbon LCA modeling preferred Some knowledge of building codes and regulations a plus About Our Culture Creative. Entrepreneurial. Responsible. We are a firm that understands the benefits of maintaining a work-life balance with a shared end goal of achieving something special. Above all, we care about helping people to realize their potential.

Negotiable
Washington
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Acoustic Consultant - NJ

My client is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Acoustic Consultant to join their team on a hybrid basis, based in New Jersey. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical expertise and support for a range of acoustic consulting services. Key Responsibilities: Conduct noise and vibration assessments for a range of projects including construction sites, transportation, industrial sites, and buildings. Utilize specialized software and equipment to measure and analyze noise and vibration levels accurately. Prepare detailed technical reports outlining acoustic solutions and recommendations. Provide technical support to project managers, engineers, architects, and clients. Liaise with local authorities, stakeholders, and clients to ensure compliance with relevant noise and vibration regulations. Attend project meetings and provide technical input and support to team members. Work collaboratively with our team to develop and deliver exceptional acoustic solutions that meet our clients' needs. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Acoustics, Engineering, Physics, or a related field. 3+ years of experience in acoustic consulting and assessments. Strong knowledge of acoustic principles and their application in the built environment. Experience with specialized acoustic measurement equipment and software. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively with team members. Experience working remotely preferred. Please apply for immediate consideration.

US$60000 - US$85000 per annum
New Jersey
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Building Envelope Consultant (Project Manager)

I am representing a full service/multi-diciplinary A&E firm in NYC where your professional development is a priority, which is why they outline your ambitions from day one and put you on a path to success by paying for any course, conference or credential that is relevant to the work done. Not only do they pay for this and allot study time, but you are also granted a salary increase between 4% - 6% for each relevant credential you earn with them! Specialising in all areas of building enclosure consulting from investigations to design, to commissioning, our partner is one of the United States leading building enclosure consulting firms. Whether you are an experienced building enclosure consultant looking for a step forward or an aspiring engineer or architect looking to get your foot in the door of a highly lucrative industry, this is a great opportunity for professional development. They offer the opportunity to work in an engaging team environment where you will work on exciting and challenging projects, discover new and developing technologies, practices, and techniques and where you will flourish in a culture of continuous learning and collaboration. Working under the guidance of leading technical specialists who broadly share their expertise, you will get to fine tune your skills and cultivate your expertise while being given the opportunity to pursue your professional goals. They are looking for project managers and field technicians to join their specialist teams based in New York and New Jersey, so if you are in the area and looking for a company that will prioritise your professional development, reach out before it's too late! Responsibilities Manage building envelope projects from conceptual design to final completion. Conduct site investigations and evaluation of building envelope systems. Formulate envelope solutions to maximise energy efficiency and achieve carbon reduction in accordance with current building codes. Design and analysis of building envelope systems and preparation of reports and studies. Coordinate with other engineering and architectural disciplines to provide technical expertise on building envelope designs. Perform contract administration/construction review while executing project requirements. Market and solicit work from new and existing clients. As the subject matter expertise, remain up to date on current and upcoming industry trends, standards and guidelines to establish and implement best practices. Experience Minimum 4 years of relevant Building Envelope Consulting or Roof Consulting experience Experience in a consulting firm would be considered an asset IIBEC Credentials are valued but not compulsory ( RRC, RWC, RRO, REWC) PE or RA license is ideal but not required. Benefits $95,000- $160,000 (depending on building envelope experience and credentials) Work from home flexibility and autonomy over your projects. Quarterly bonus structure Wellness allowance 100% employee-owned firm. Salary increases and educational support for all relevant credentials. If you are interested in this role, please reach out

US$100000 - US$160000 per annum
New York
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Building Construction Manager (Architect), Overseas Assignment

A leading construction firm in Japan is looking for an experienced Construction Manager / Project Manager to lead their building works in Kenya. The company has an exciting non-residential building project in the country, and it is an exciting opportunity for you to utilize your skills and gain international exposure. The Project Manager will be responsible for the construction of around 10+ building structures at a container terminal, with the target of supervising and scheduling of the overall time line of the project and make sure to optimize maximum output within the dedicated time for the tasks. Main Role: Lead and oversee building construction execution work on site according to project scheduling Coordinating with architects, engineers, and other stakeholders to define project requirements. Hiring, training, and supervising construction personnel. Implementing quality control measures to ensure that work meets industry standards and specifications Maintaining accurate project documentation, including contracts, permits, and change orders. Ensure compliance with proper HSE standards on the site and report to management about the construction progress. Requirements: Architecture background, worked for Japanese general contractor Experience in Commercial Building Constructions (Non-residential) Experience participating in overseas mega infrastructure construction projects in the past Construction management, Design management, QAQC, Material, Foundations, Electrical and Drainage work check etc. Able to speak and write fluent Japanese and English Benefits Expat package Working Visa Provided Allow to take leave every 3 month OR 6 month OR 1 year, flight ticket back to Japan will be provided. Contact me if you are interested or tag someone who you think is suitable for this job. Email:

Negotiable
Kenya
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Sustainability Manager

This firm is looking for a strong Sustainability Manager to lead us towards a more sustainable future. This individual will be creative, self-motivated and have a passion for inspiring sustainable design. This role will work between all Market sectors to manage, organize and coordinate with the design and technical project teams throughout the design process. About The Position Works with Market Sector Leaders and project teams to provide input in developing sustainable design strategies as needed. Collaborates with project Principals and Project Managers to present sustainable opportunities to clients as needed through cost-benefit analysis and research on local and federal tax initiatives Collaborates with project Principals and Project Managers to present to lead sustainability charrettes and goal setting Works with the leadership to set and track annual firm sustainability goals Maintains and shares knowledge of evolving building technology and systems Works with the leadership to develop and present firmwide sustainability trainings Collects and analyzes company-level sustainability data including Responsible for 2030 data collection for AIA Responsible for managing the Green rating systems and maintaining public directories Provides marketing data for project pursuits Leads the firmwide Sustainability Action Team and Sustainability team members About You 8-15 years of experience in the Architectural or Engineering field Licensed Architect or equivalent licensure in a design field LEED accredited professional required WELL accredited preferred Excellent design, graphic and presentation skills Experience leading client meetings and sub-consultant coordination Strong Revit skills Experience with Covetool or other energy modeling software preferred Experience with Tally or other carbon LCA modeling preferred Some knowledge of building codes and regulations a plus About Our Culture Creative. Entrepreneurial. Responsible. We are a firm that understands the benefits of maintaining a work-life balance with a shared end goal of achieving something special. Above all, we care about helping people to realize their potential. About Our Benefits Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans 401(K) with company match Company Paid STD, LTD, Life Paid Time Off Mentorship Programs and Professional Development

Negotiable
District of Columbia
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News and Insights

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Architecture

Coil Coating Solutions for Designing Unconventional Building Envelopes

Modern architecture thrives on innovative materials and technologies to bring imaginative designs to life. Among these, coil coatings have emerged as a game-changer for those looking to make a statement with unconventional building envelopes. In this blog, we'll dive deep into the realm of coil coating solutions, their benefits, and how they're revolutionizing contemporary building designs.What are Coil Coatings?Coil coatings are a continuous, automated process for coating metal coils (usually made of steel or aluminum) before fabrication. These precoated metals are then used to manufacture building components, especially for exterior building envelopes. The process ensures a uniform and high-quality finish that's both functional and aesthetically appealing.Benefits of Using Coil CoatingsDurability: Precoated metal offers excellent longevity, with resistance to chipping, peeling, UV rays, and corrosion.Sustainability: Coil coating processes use less energy, produce fewer emissions, and generate less waste than post-paint operations.Versatility: A wide range of colors, finishes, and patterns are available, making it suitable for various architectural styles.Cost-effective: Precoated metals typically require less maintenance and have a longer life span, leading to cost savings over the building's lifecycle.Unconventional Design Possibilities with Coil CoatingsThe real magic lies in the design potential that coil coatings bring to the table. Here are a few ways they're making waves in unconventional building envelope designs:Bold Aesthetics: From shimmering metallics to vibrant hues, designers can bring their boldest visions to life. Gone are the days of muted, monochromatic exteriors. Today's buildings shine, reflect, and even change color based on the viewing angle.Patterned Facades: Advanced printing technologies allow for intricate patterns, whether they're geometric designs, faux finishes, or even realistic depictions like wood or stone. This flexibility empowers architects to design facades that are both functional and artistically striking.3D Textured Surfaces: Coil coatings aren't limited to flat surfaces. They can be applied to metals that are later formed into textured or 3D panels. This creates an added layer of depth and dynamism, pushing the boundaries of traditional building envelopes.Responsive Envelopes: Innovations are underway in developing coil coatings that respond to environmental factors. Imagine a building that changes its appearance based on the weather, temperature, or even air quality!Integration with Other Systems: Precoated metals can be seamlessly integrated with other building systems, including green walls, photovoltaic panels, or smart facades. This melding of form and function is setting new standards for sustainable and intelligent architecture.As the world of architecture continuously evolves, the need for materials and technologies that can keep pace becomes paramount. Coil coatings are proving to be more than just a trend; they're a durable, versatile, and aesthetically versatile solution for the modern architect's toolkit. By embracing these innovative coating solutions, we can look forward to a future where our buildings are not only functional shelters but also works of art that inspire and amaze.For clients who recognize the immense potential of unconventional building envelopes and are seeking to integrate such cutting-edge technologies into their projects, finding the right talent becomes crucial. LVI Associates, with their deep-rooted expertise in the building envelope sector, can connect you with top-tier professionals who understand and can harness the power of coil coating solutions. Don't let your projects be ordinary; ensure they stand out with the best talent in the field. Request a callback from LVI Associates by completing the form below, and let us be your bridge to the future of architecture.Request a call back

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Construction

Architects Look to Termite Mounds to Improve Building Ventilation

Nature has always been an incredible source of inspiration for human innovation. From the streamlined design of high-speed trains, modeled after the kingfisher’s beak, to the invention of Velcro inspired by burdock burrs, biomimicry – the design and production of materials, structures, and systems modeled on biological entities and processes – has significantly impacted the way we create and innovate.One of the most fascinating examples of this is the study of termite mounds by architects and scientists. Believe it or not, these seemingly insignificant structures have been a goldmine of insights for sustainable and efficient building design, particularly when it comes to ventilation.The Wonder of Termite MoundsTo the untrained eye, termite mounds might just appear as large piles of dirt. But inside, they are marvels of architectural design. Termites, despite being blind, manage to build towering mounds that maintain a remarkably stable internal environment. Regardless of the outside temperature, whether it's sweltering hot or chillingly cold, the inside of a termite mound remains stable, hovering around 30°C (86°F).The Secret: Natural Air ConditioningThe key to this impressive thermal regulation is ventilation. Termites have designed their mounds with a complex network of tunnels and chambers that facilitate airflow. The outer wall of the mound is thick and effectively absorbs heat during the day, while the inner wall is thinner and releases heat during the night.Furthermore, the mound is constructed in such a way that when hot air rises (as it naturally does), it gets expelled from the top, drawing in cooler air from the base and surrounding areas. This continuous circulation of air ensures that the temperature remains constant and that the termites, as well as their fungus gardens (their primary food source), thrive.Lessons for Human ArchitectureThe principles demonstrated by termite mounds have been eyed by architects and builders as a potential blueprint for designing buildings that require less energy for cooling and heating.Passive Cooling and Heating: By incorporating design principles from termite mounds, it's possible to reduce our dependence on artificial heating and cooling. This means a significant reduction in energy consumption and associated costs.Natural Airflow: Buildings designed with termite-inspired ventilation can benefit from enhanced airflow, minimizing the need for fans or air conditioning.Sustainability: Leveraging natural systems for building regulation reduces its carbon footprint, making the construction process more sustainable and eco-friendly.One notable example is the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. This building, designed by architect Mick Pearce in collaboration with engineers at Arup Associates, draws inspiration from termite mounds. By using a passive cooling system inspired by the termites, the Eastgate Centre uses 90% less energy for ventilation than conventional buildings of its size.The Way ForwardAs the world grapples with the challenges of climate change, energy consumption, and sustainability, looking to nature for solutions has never been more pertinent. The study of termite mounds by architects offers a tangible reminder that sometimes, the best answers to modern challenges have already been worked out by nature over millions of years.For hiring managers who recognize the value of innovative thinking and are in search of architectural skill and expertise that champions sustainable design, LVI Associates is here to help. Our consultants understand the nuances of the architectural world and have a keen eye for talent that understands and appreciates the delicate intricacies of design.Request a call back from one of our consultants at LVI Associates to ensure that your next architectural hire can support your journey towards the future of sustainable design.

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Interview & Hiring Guidance

​5 essential tips for employers, hiring managers, and HR on the hiring process in energy & infrastructure The interview process, from initial phone call screenings and psychometric testing, to face to face interviews with the hiring manager and onsite tours, can often be a long and laborious process. So it is imperative to keep an interview process streamlined and engaged, to ensure talent doesn’t drop out, and your organization, and yourself is represented best. Here are 5 vital top tips for employers to stick to when interviewing top talent. Be present Showing excitement to prospective candidates provides insights for them into the potential team culture and attitude. Asking them questions about themselves, on their interests, their lives, their careers, as opposed to only technical questions to vet their hard skills, goes a long way in connecting on a human level. Another way to connect is by sharing real life examples of the day to day, positive experiences about the role and team, and details about project work. These are important talking points candidates like to know, and while they understand an interview may be rigorous technically, maintaining the conversational, human aspect is important too. Being engaged may sound simple, but given how much of the interview process is over Zoom/VC/phone these days, it is easy to get distracted and check emails or open windows on your computer. Remaining attentive and interested will bring the best out of the interview process and provide a positive candidate experience. Also important is to be interesting yourself. Be in sell modeMany of the above points are indirect examples of selling your team and role. However, in a more overt way, providing exciting opportunities at present and for future career growth are always on candidates’ minds and knowing there is more to be excited about than just hands-on skills or what is in the job description on day one makes them buy into the role and organization more. As part of selling the role, explain why you took this position, and what you liked about the company and team. Be relatable to their circumstances and share with them why the position in your team, at your company, is the best move they can make.Another important aspect to highlight here is the culture. Maybe there is more to what makes the role great than just the daily tasks or responsibilities, such as company sports team, lunch clubs, charitable groups, or environmental initiatives. Highlight what else is enjoyable so that candidates are excited about this role, as well as the team and company, aside from the day to day. These days competition for top talent is so tight, that those cultural differences can distinguish you amongst the rest.Be positive Many of the above points translate to this aspect of hiring, but above all, being cordial, professional, and sharing timely feedback all contribute to a positive candidate experience. In some cases, the candidate may not be a good fit culturally, or for your position, but you should still offer them professionalism and positivity in the interview. Remember, they may have colleagues or a network of other experts that could be better suited for your role/team. You want them to have a positive experience to refer people to you, and maintain your company’s reputation in the market, as well as your own. It's also important to note that many candidates often have other processes in the mix, so if you give them any chances to doubt their experience, they could be more likely to go elsewhere. Be flexible If a professional isn’t the 100% right fit, still ask yourself if there is a place for them in the team or organization, especially if they bring something unique to the company. Keep an open mind when recruiting talent, and consider the future headcount. Potentially you can create a new role for an exceptional candidate, especially if you don’t want to lose someone good to a competitor. See the positives in a candidate’s skillset if they bring enough to the table, and find reasons to say yes, especially in this market. Outside of being flexible with the job description, can you also be flexible with the offer? Offering nuanced benefits, flexible working, and customizing offers to the individual joining can again make the difference between rejecting and accepting. Be decisive The market is still exceptionally hot, so it is vital hiring managers are mindful of how quick an interview process needs to be. “Keeping someone warm” is so important, but if you can’t commit to them you do risk them going in another direction. Therefore, be timely with your feedback, especially if it's positive, to keep the momentum up. If they are at the top of your mind, you should stay at the top of theirs. Try and push approvals quickly as well. This is often bureaucratic but affect whatever influence you can have on an interview or hiring process, and don’t allow things to slow down if you can control it.Finally, be competitive. Don’t allow back and forth negotiations to hinder a process or allow time for other processes to catch up. Put your best, most competitive offer forward so it entices them from the very start.  To hire the best candidate for your open role, get in touch with LVI Associates today. As a specialist talent partner in energy & infrastructure , we have access to industry-leading talent around the world. Find the talent you need by submitting your vacancy, or request a call back below to elevate your hiring process with the right talent partner today.

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Management & Culture

Finding a company culture that fits 

For professionals seeking a new job, it’s often factors like salary, the day-to-day of the role itself, and the company brand that are central to the decision process. But each company has its own culture, customs, and values, even if they aren’t clearly defined, and they actually have more of an influence on your productivity, success, and even earnings than might be immediately clear. The world of work has undergone some remarkable transformation over the last few years, accelerated by the pandemic and the redefining of our values that it sparked - not to mention the major shift to a candidate-driven job market. As a result, experts have been given the opportunity to rethink what’s important to them in their day-to-day work life beyond the paycheck or job spec, and in large professional sectors in particular, such as technology and finance, this has positively influenced hiring companies’ approach to culture and its pivotal role in attracting and retaining top talent, as well as quality of work. A company’s culture is essentially its personality, and while some may think of it as a buzzword that signifies lunch time yoga or wearing casual clothes to work, it plays a much greater role in how an employee shows up for work every day than any promotion, bonus, or salary could. Thankfully, businesses are catching on, and companies from trendy new start-ups to corporate powerhouses are adapting to the changing needs of professionals, investing more intentionally in developing cultures focused on collaboration, positivity, and flexibility, alongside added perks that are both useful and unusual, giving them an extra competitive edge. Business cultures are just as varied as those in societies, and there can be danger in taking a job in a company where there is a cultural disconnect between employer and employee. This can lead to issues down the line as the employee becomes unhappy and the employer is dissatisfied with attitude or performance. When interviewing for a new role, it is therefore imperative that you are conducting your own assessment of their culture and how you would fit into it. It’s one thing to ask broadly about what their culture is like, but it’s important to come prepared with more specific questions in order to get a deeper sense of what life as an employee there would really be like. This article will look at what to focus on when assessing the culture of a workplace you are interviewing for, and how to get a realistic impression of the culture by doing some digging yourself before accepting a job offer. Look beyond the free gym passWhen reading about a potential role at a new company, it’s important to look beyond the shiny, eye-catching perks that they’ll want to tell you all about. While a free gym pass, pizza Fridays, a pool table, and fabulous social events are alluring, (and rightfully so, as they are a sign of a company that wants to reward the hard work of its employees) these are surface level, and your experience in the company will depend much more on deeper cultural traits and values such as flexibility when you need it, a supportive team environment, recognition, and opportunities for growth. While some perks are inventive and exciting and can certainly enhance your experience, a cool office space will never compensate for a negative work environment, and your happiness is always more important than a brand name on your CV or a bottle of beer on a Friday. Remember that perks are part of company culture, but not the culture itself, and tt is a company culture that helps businesses pull through times when money for perks isn’t on tap.What is truly important to you?You can work in a beautiful office with tastefully exposed brickwork and a designer chair, but none of this will matter if you hate your job. Approaching your job search having previously assessed what exactly you are seeking from your work life, what your non-negotiables are, and which elements of company culture will have the biggest impact on you, will help you to stay focused and land the role that’s right for you. Work out what truly motivates you and will support you to be the best version of yourself both professionally and personally, whether it’s flexible working options, a diverse workforce, or a tight-knit team, and see if this is provided by the company you are interviewing for. Consider which environments make you feel productive. How do you best work? Are you seeking more autonomy and the option to work from home? Then you may not be a fit for a company that is heavily focused on collaboration and team socialising.What is the company’s mission? Its values? Does it have a corporate social responsibility programme? A diverse workforce? Pinpoint those core values and see how they align with the messages companies are including on their employee value proposition and materials for professionals. These will inspire commitment and confidence in both your search and in the decision you land on.How to research a company culture as a professionalJust as you’ll want to get a feel for a neighbourhood before you buy a house, the same applies when you are searching for a new job. Your actual exposure to a company can be limited within the recruitment process, so we recommend using the following to research a company’s culture.Do some digging online​Have a look at employee review sites such as Glassdoor for comments from inside the company on their culture. However, keep in mind that people are potentially more likely to leave a bad review than a good one. This may mean, however, that a company with a slew of great reviews could be a particularly positive sign.​See if you have any connections within the company on LinkedIn and get the inside scoop from them. Again, don’t take these viewpoints as gospel, but rather as a building block and a way to get a general idea of employee experience. LinkedIn is also a way to find out the general tenure of people who work there as well as possibilities for progression and development. Good retention and development can be a sign of a positive company culture. Branch out during your interviewWhile an interview is a company’s chance to determine whether your skills and experience are right for the role, a large part of the decision will come down to character fit, which is essentially another way of determining how you would fit into their culture. It’s also a two-way street, of course, meaning it’s your opportunity to figure out if their culture is a fit for you, too. A great way to get the answers to this question that you need is to find an opportunity to speak candidly to your interviewer or others you meet within the business. These are likely the people you’ll be interacting with regularly and you’ll want to get a sense of how they communicate, both to you and to each other. Are they excited about the company? Do they seem to get along well? Do you have things in common beyond the professional? These are all factors that contribute to the overall culture and will impact your everyday experience.Get specificAsking a generic question will give you a generic answer, and hiring managers and other people who may be part of your interview process don’t want to hear the same old question interview after interview. Instead, show the company you’re interviewing for that you’re looking for more than to just show up, do the work, and get paid. You’re an individual with more to offer, and all parties will benefit from a good cultural fit. In addition, it’s not enough for you to take their word that they have a great company culture. Get into specifics and request examples of when company values and culture have led to success or excellent employee wellbeing. For example, say that you want to work somewhere where personal development is taken seriously, and then ask for an example where a personal development program has helped an employee achieve a promotion or a new qualification. Or if mental health support is important to you, ask about the ways in which the company offers this and whether it’s been well utilised. These stories and examples will give you a much better impression of how the culture works rather than memorised lines about remote working policies and employee engagement. And on top of that, you’ll get a much better feel for the people behind the job titles, which is half the battle when it comes to understanding where you fit into a company’s culture. No matter what position you find yourself in, use these tips to spot the work cultures that will — and will not — work for you. The company you ultimately choose should enable you to flourish rather than wear you (or your well-being) out.

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Phaidon International Findings

​As a leading talent partner, we keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to hiring trends, and 2022 was no exception. It has never been more important for companies to understand what business-critical professionals are thinking when it comes to making career changes, what compensation they’re after, and what benefits they really desire.We surveyed our vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, and came up with a number of valuable insights that employers need to know about if they want to attract the best talent, and just as critically, keep them.Discover what is motivating top talent around the world right now with our highlights across Engineering & Infrastructure.Download your copy of this report by completing the form below:​

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The Five Soft Skills You Need for Remote Working

​Working-from-home will endure after the Covid-19 pandemic has passed. Before government lockdowns, only 3.4% of the U.S. workforce telecommuted at least half the time. Yet, many businesses have had to adapt to their employees remote working. This forced organizational shift may change the very nature of work forever; many employees have found they enjoy avoiding the commute and spending more time with their family and employers can no longer object to remote working as unfeasible. Already, employees are asking if working-from-home is completely out of the question when the world returns to some version of normality. In fact, 68% of UK workers say they are more or equally productive at home.As expectations change, current and prospective employees will need to prove working-from-home is a valid long-term option. Download this 19-page guide to discover the five soft skills you will need to succeed and how to improve them.

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​The Key to Attracting Female Talent to Engineering

Women remain as scarce as ever in engineering and advanced manufacturing. By the latest estimates, women make up only 13% and 9% of the US engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce respectively. These statistics reveal the state of stagnation over the last few decades. The numbers haven’t changed since 2001, for fact advanced manufacturing, the current estimate represents a decline of one per cent. Why are less women drawn to pursue engineering? One suggestion: they are less competitive. Researchers suggest that gender differences in psychological traits contribute to gender occupational segregation. They argue that women are generally more risk averse and less competitive than men, which affects the “choice of field of study, which in turn affects future career choice.” The report cites a study from the Netherlands that found even after accounting for grades, perceived mathematical ability and socioeconomic background, gender differences in competitive can account for 20% of their subject choice.However, a study by Muriel Niederle, a professor at Stanford, and Lise Vesterlund found that women were much less confident in their abilities, and this caused them to shy away from situations in which they would have to compete with others.One way to combat this is to give women more encouragement. Among STEM subjects, engineering continues to have one of the highest rate of attrition and women have a higher turnover than men. Several reasons have been posed for this, including an inflexible and demanding work environment that made work-family balance difficult and stigma consciousness. Indeed, in a recent survey by DSJ Global, 41% of engineering professionals say that a lack of accommodation for work-life balance and family is the main challenging to increase gender diversity.Gender bias, whether incidental or deliberate, has a profound impact on attracting women into engineering roles. Dan Brook, a director of LVI Associates, comments that he has witnessed the effects first hand when it comes to recruiting female talent: “We had one individual, who got through to the final interview stage at a well-known engineering firm. She did her due diligence and saw that the board of directors were all men—so she pulled herself out of the process. She thought they wouldn’t suit her. This shows there’s a practical, as well as moral, reason to diversify your board and your company. Gender diversity, or a lack of it, has a real impact on talent acquisition. This is tangible.”​Changing the landscapeChange really has to come from the top down, advises Dan Brook, but he has observed a renewed commitment from legislators with regard to supporting diverse businesses, “I first heard about this in Texas a few years ago, where the government are supporting female or minority lead companies through a number of certification schemes, including the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program and, nationally, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).” The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program was created to promote full and equal procurement opportunities for small business that are at least 51% owned by women or minority groups. Once their application is approved by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA), the company is considered ‘certified’ and agencies using them on contracts receive credit toward meeting established HUB goals.In Texas, the state-wide HUB goals for procurement are 11.2% for heavy construction other than building contracts and 21.1% for all building construction. Nationally, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) operates in a similar fashion. Where for-profit small businesses have at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations, they can receive a DBE certification from the relevant state-generally the state Uniform Certification Program (UCP). As recipients of financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, state and local transportation agencies are then responsible to establish DBE subcontracting goals. Such programs play just a part in driving diversity in engineering. Not all companies can, or will be, minority-led, but they need to find ways to increase their gender balance. All firms need to create an integrated talent pipeline that hires and promotes female talent. The first step to accomplishing this is to understand why female engineers exit from the recruitment process. Download our complimentary report that takes a deep dive into the engineering, manufacturing, transport and logistics responses from Why Women Withdraw from the Recruitment Process.

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How to Make the Perfect Job Offer

Finding the perfect candidate for your latest role can be a long and arduous road. Once you have found the employee with the skills you need and an attitude which will fit perfectly within your team, it is time to make your job offer. In a perfect world, you will get an enthusiastic acceptance. However, if you are hiring in a busy sector, or trying it is likely you may have to negotiate salary and other benefits before you can seal the deal.Competition for talent is fierce. The pressure is on for hiring managers to secure the right candidate by offering an attractive compensation package before they accept an offer from a competitor. The aim of a salary negotiation is not to find a compromise where both parties are dissatisfied but find a balance where you both come out feeling valued, and enthusiastic about moving forward. Negotiating salary can be a tricky business that requires a high level of strategy.​​Set your limits before you advertise the jobSalary negotiations can be complicated - planning will give you an obvious advantage. Before you even start interviewing your candidates, you need to choose the right salary to advertise, including the upper limit to where you are willing to negotiate for an exceptional candidate.Your lowest salary offer should still be in line with industry standards, with your upper limit reserved for excellent candidates who will offer extra value to the role. Don’t include your upper salary limit in any of your job advertising or recruitment efforts. There are several elements to consider when deciding on monetary compensation, including:The seniority of the position on offer– how many people will they be managing? Will they be heading up important projects?The current labor market– will this be a difficult or easy position to fill?The current performance of your company– how much can you afford to pay a new candidate?The skills required for the job – are they rare? Do you need a specific combination of hard and soft skills?The salaries of others in the company– is the upper limit offered still within the bracket you have set for others at this level?Your location– are you based in an expensive city or area where more compensation is needed to make up for elevated living costs?The best way to avoid negotiation is to ensure your initial offer is attractive and fair compared to benchmarks within your industry. Use online tools such as PayScale and Glassdoor to look at salary benchmarks for similar roles within your sector. Remember that it is likely your candidate will also be using these tools to make their own comparisons.It is also vital to keep within existing pay levels within your company. Going above these may help you secure a candidate but can lead to issues further down the line where other team members may feel undervalued and demoralized.​Find out your candidate’s current salaryThe candidate you are interviewing is under no obligation to tell you their current salary, but there is no harm in asking politely. This information is important when it comes to negotiating a salary. If their current salary is higher than your upper negotiating position, then it is time to question if they are the right candidate for you. This is best done early in the interviewing process. You can ask a candidate their desired salary in the interview to prepare for later negotiations and speed up the process. This allows you to root out candidates who are holding unrealistic salary expectations.​Make a fair initial offerIf you want to avoid a lengthy negotiation period, make sure your initial salary offer is a fair one. Though it is not an official rule, it is a given that most professionals will be expecting at least a 20% pay rise when seeking a new position, particularly with the cost of living increasing. However attractive the position is and however great the benefits your company provides are, salary is still the main motivating factor for taking a role - you need to offer a fair package to a skilled candidate which remains within your company guidelines. Your offer needs to be a fair reflection of the candidate’s experience and skills.Lowballing your candidate in anticipation of a counteroffer will only lead to your candidate regarding your company with suspicion, and you may gain a reputation as a timewaster. Salary negotiations should not be treated the same way as trying to sell a used car. Consider the long-term impact of the hire during your negotiations. Making a fair offer will help bring more value to your company in the long run through the work of an employee who knows that they are respected and valued.Conversely, offering a very high number to your candidate can come across as desperate and make your candidate second guess their decision to take up the offer. Your candidate will be aware of the value of their current skill-set, and a high overvaluation can lead to further suspicion and hesitation from the employee. Finally, ensure your initial offer is lower than your upper range, which should have been decided before the job was advertised, to leave room for negotiation.​Highlight benefits beyond salaryIf you are aware of competitors in your market who can provide bigger salary packages than you, consider the benefits of working for your company beyond the wage. Depending on your candidate, some of these benefits can be very attractive in helping improve the employee’s quality of life. If you are unable to completely match a salary request during a negotiation, there are other benefits you can offer that may entice a new employee to join. These could include:Additional or unlimited annual leave– a generous holiday offer, including the recent trend amongst start-ups to provide unlimited leave, shows a level of trust and value.Flexible working– Allowing employees to work from home one day a week or schedule their work around their lives using a flexi-time structure is particularly attractive to those with children.Professional development– If there are opportunities for the candidate to take on additional training, learn new skills or start a new progressive career track, there is more long-term value in taking the role offered.A positive company culture– If the candidate is coming from a toxic or high-pressured atmosphere where they experienced burn-out, it may be an important and attractive prospect to work in an office with a supportive and positive atmosphere. Statistics such as staff retention rates and testimonials from other employees can help support the representation of your culture.Perks- such as free gym membership, funding for travel into work, subsidized lunches, attractive office facilities, and social opportunities.These can all be compelling reasons for your ideal candidate to choose your role, even if the salary isn’t what they expected. These benefits can help employees save money, cut down on stress, and enjoy their role. This provides compensation which focuses on quality of life - which can be very appealing during negotiations.​Offer alternative monetary benefitsIf you are facing troubles in salary negotiations and it looks like you may lose the candidate who will bring the most value to your company, it is worth considering offering additional monetary benefits. These can include:Performance-related bonuses– agree to pay a bonus if certain targets and milestones are hit.Commission– some roles can benefit from a commission rewards system, where the employee is compensated for business and leads generated for your company.A signing bonus– a one-off signing bonus rather than a higher salary bracket is often a great way of satisfying both parties. It shows enthusiasm for wanting to onboard the candidate quickly while saving your company on payroll in the long term.A later salary negotiation– if you are unsure about offering a higher salary bracket now, you can promise another negotiation over salary after a probation period, on completion of a training course or if a performance target is hit. It is vital that you do follow up on this promise, as you do not want to lose the trust of your new staff member.Shares or profit-sharing– get your candidate invested in the success of your company by offering shares as part of the job offer.The importance of feedbackProvide succinct feedbackYour feedback is the most important part of your communication with a rejected applicant. Good interview feedback needs to be succinct, considerate and honest. It is often the case that there was nothing particularly wrong with the candidate, but there just happened to be another candidate with more relevant experience or stronger skills. Stating this to a candidate should not offend their feelings—it’s the reality of job hunting in a busy and high-quality labour market. You don’t want to provide a lengthy critique which kicks your applicant when they’re down, but providing constructive and specific feedback will also be useful for your candidate.​Request and value feedbackAnother way to show respect to a candidate and gain a brand advocate is to ask for feedback on your interviewing and hiring process. You have given your honest and succinct feedback, respect that hiring is a two-way street and request some feedback on their experience. You can do this either in your phone and email correspondence, or set up a feedback survey to collect data from several rejected candidates. Requesting feedback shows you value and trust the opinions and viewpoints of the candidate, alongside providing you as a hiring manager with useful insights on how you can further optimize and structure your recruitment and candidate search process.​Be honest about future opportunitiesIn some cases, you may be rejecting a candidate you have a genuine interest in hiring in the future. Maybe they weren’t quite the right fit for the current role, but they may slot into your future growth plans. If this is the case, tell them. However, do not finish a job rejection on a false promise if you know you have no interest in hiring the candidate now or in the future. Only invite a candidate to apply for future roles if you think they would be a good cultural fit in your company in the future. Inform them if their details will be kept on file within your company for future positions.​Gaining a brand advocate in a rejected candidateEnding a job rejection on a positive note is no mean feat, but it is the first step in nurturing and maintaining a good relationship with the candidate and gaining a brand advocate. You want to keep qualified candidates of exceptional quality active within your talent pool, and maintaining positive communication with a rejected candidate may save you on hiring times and costs at a future date. Stay in touch with rejected candidates, either via email or professional social media such as LinkedIn. Follow up on their progress, and congratulate them when you spot they have landed a new job.You can keep up communication through inviting rejected candidates to events or seminars hosted by your company, a networking opportunity for both you and your candidate. You can also ask to add the candidate to your email newsletter database, or suggest they follow your company on social media so they can stay informed on hiring and growth. Treat candidates as you would like to be treated. Keeping up positive, timely, succinct and direct communication will gain you a brand advocate and a new addition to your passive talent pool.​These guidelines can help to negotiate and extend the perfect job offer that's impossible to refuse. Once the offer is made, this isn't the end of the process -the ball still remains in the candidate's court. As a talent specialist with a well-garnered candidate portfolio, we are a one-stop solution for all your talent needs. Contact us today and we can help in the job offer process.

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How a Specialist Recruiter Can Help You Secure Your Dream Job

​Looking for a new role is a stressful and time-consuming process, especially in the infrastructure and engineering sector, where demands for specific soft and hard skill sets are high. You may often find your CV and cover letter in the digital ‘black hole’, never to get a reply, or struggle to get ahead in a busy job market.One of the best ways to find your perfect role is to contact specialist recruiters within the engineering sector. Not only can they find roles which match your skill sets, but they can also ‘champion’ you throughout the process so your dream employer keeps you in mind as a strong candidate.This article covers how specialist recruitment agencies can help you with your job hunt on every step of the recruitment cycle, from helping you edit your CV to suit certain roles through to helping you negotiate a good salary when you get a job offer for your dream role.​​

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German Architecture Reimagined in 2019

​As Germany celebrates the Bauhaus Centennial in 2019, contemporary architects such as Ole Scheeren have reimagined German architecture, casting off stereotypes that German architecture is austere and utilitarian. Walter Gropius, the architect who founded the Bauhaus School in Weimar in 1919, adhered to the tenet that form follows function. In practice, that meant the style of architecture reflected its purpose. In OleSheeren’sTED talk “Why great architecture should tell a story,” he denounced the design adage. “For much of the past century, architecture was under the spell of a famous doctrine. ‘Form follows function’ had become modernity's ambitious manifesto and detrimental straitjacket, as it liberated architecture from the decorative, but condemned it to utilitarian rigour and restrained purpose,” he said. Sheeren, the principal of Büro Ole Scheeren Group - with offices in Berlin, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Bangkok, advocates that form should follow fiction—and by fiction he means the stories of people who live and work in the buildings. Scheeren’s visually stunning, inventive buildings such as Singapore’s Interlace—31 apartment blocks, each six storeys tall, stacked in a hexagonal arrangement around eight idyllic courtyards that encourage human interaction and community—proved that German architecture firms can successfully compete on the international stage. An increasing number of German architecture firms compete internationally“German architecture is notorious for being far more practical and pragmatic than being design focused, but this is changing,” said Jo-Pearce, Head of Architecture at LVI Associates.  “German architects and construction companies are trying to change opinions and there is a real desire to design and build eye-catching buildings. This is demonstrated by the huge increase in architecture firms getting involved in international competitions.” Although there is a trend to restore old-school German architecture, such as the restoration of the old citycentreor “the Altstadt” of Frankfurt which was destroyed during World War II, there is also a trend to build ultra-modern, innovative urban developments such as HafenCity in Hamburg.  “The shift within the German market is seeing companies employ design-orientated architects to focus on infrastructure projects,” said Pearce. “Germany as a country is trying to break the stereotype of being the flagship nation of grey boring design within the building and infrastructure sector. Projects such as the Hamburg underground station is a prime example of the new direction Germany is looking to take with their design identity.” HafenCity development attracts international investmentThe opening of visually spectacular Elbbrücken Underground station in December 2018 was a significant milestone in the development HafenCity. Its ellipsoidal arch profile has been created by crossing arched steel frames that form a diamond-shaped grid pattern. Now visitors to HafenCity can get off at the station and see the burgeoning HafenCity vista from the platform at the Elbe River. HafenCity has attracted international investment and is regarded as a 21st-century urban experiment. Demand from construction companies increase architect job openings“Larger construction companies are developing their design departments within urban planning and architecture, so they are able to influence design” explained Pearce. “Although the investors and government want more design-orientated projects, those constructing the project want to ensure they maintain profitability. As I result, the demand from construction companies for architects has seen a huge increase in the last six to twelve months.” Opportunities will abound during the Bauhaus centennial and Germany will honour its past but continue to evolve—and architects will find an increasing number of openings with design-build firms. “What this will mean for the projects ideally is a world where they are completed within budget and on time but still having form as well as function,” said Hayes. Alex Hayes, Managing principle at LVI Associates, adds; “This is so exciting for German architecture and really brings them into the 21st Century. At LVI we are working with the companies and the candidates that are at the forefront of this change and innovation. If there are any architects or engineers in Germany that want to be part of this revolution, they should definitely speak to one of our consultants.”----------About UsLVI Associates is the leading specialist recruitment agency for the infrastructure sector. We were born from the fusion of two existing companies—Laking Group and Viridium Associates who recruited for the oil and gas and renewable energy markets. While working for some of the largest energy companies in the world, we realised that we could transform more careers and support greater projects and companies by opening our services to the wider infrastructure market. More than the sum of our parts, today LVI Associates provides permanent, contract and multi-hire recruitment from our global hubs in Boston, London and Singapore. Contact us to find out more.

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