We are recruiting!

We are looking to recruit a talented, enthusiastic and committed Apprentice Architectural Technologist

The Mews, Tay Street Lane, Dundee

A fantastic opportunity to join the architecture profession, without the financial burden of the traditional, full time education route. 

You would be joining a team of Architects and Technologists within an award winning Architects practice, based in the heart of Dundee. 

The preferred candidate will study part time at further education college on a day release basis, working towards a HND. Committed candidates will have the opportunity to move on to university to complete an honours degree, also part time. 

Responsibilities for the successful candidates will include:

• Supporting the preparation of building warrant drawings and planning applications. 

• Assisting building surveys. 

• Attending project/client meetings, which will initially involve taking minutes. 

• Assisting with basic office administration tasks. 



Nat 5 English or above is the only minimum qualification. Further qualifications will be preferred, but not essential. Candidates without formal qualifications should demonstrate their suitability through their cv, covering letter and supporting information. 



• Experience using Word, Outlook & other Office 365 packages. Knowledge of a CAD and graphic design package would be helpful, but not essential. 

• Ability to adapt, working independently or as part of a team.

• Good written and verbal communication skills. 

• Aptitude to learn and have a strong desire to become a fully qualified Architectural Technologist in the future. 

• A team player with a ‘can-do’ attitude, outgoing, polite, patient, diplomatic, personable, respectful and flexible. 

• Proactive in your approach to learning and working at the same time. 


Although the position would suit a school leaver, we would consider candidates already in the further education system or following a different career path. 

Candidates should send a covering letter and CV, for the attention of the Practice Manager, to [email protected] by 31st August. The letter and CV should seek to represent your skills and suitability for the role, based on the requirements above. A copy of supporting information demonstrating your skills/interest in graphics, architecture, art, writing etc. would be preferred. 

Salary will be dependent on age, but will be at least the appropriate minimum wage level, rather than the national apprentice rate, during the initial year. 

Candidates will be paid normally while attending college. 

Our current Architectural Technologist Allanah Ogilvie, started this path 5 years ago and is now a fully qualified Architectural Technologist and plays a key role in the practice.  The time is right for the practice to start this journey again. 

Planning Permission success

We are really pleased that our proposal for 12 affordable live-work eco-homes in Tomintoul received planning permission by the Cairngorms National Park Authority on Friday.

The proposed houses are modern, but they have traditional proportions and replace an unsightly 1960 school which left a gap in the distinctive streetscape of Tomintoul.  The houses will have Photovoltaic panels, air-source heat-pumps and Sunamp thermal energy stores.  Each house will have an electric vehicle charging point, and the proposed landscaping scheme will enhance the bio-diversity on the site. Some houses are designed to as live work units to encourage home working and provide opportunities for new rural businesses. None of this would have been possible without the efforts of our clients the #Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust and at #Alpha Projects. We are also grateful for the particularly positive and co-operative attitude of the local planning authority and the local community generally.

Affordable Housing, Tomintoul


It’s Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Our office will be closed from Tuesday 24th December. We will reopen on Monday 6th January 2020.

We wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas time!

The Andrew Black Design team


We are recruiting!

Andrew Black Design are looking for an Architect and a Part 2 Graduate to join our friendly team. We are based in the heart of Dundee in our recently completed mews development. We work on a wide range of projects, mainly high end residential, but also hospitality and office developments, amongst others.

The Mews, Tay Street Lane, Dundee

Architect – Preferably with 2 to 3 years post Part 3 experience, but recently qualified candidates will be considered depending on their previous experience. Key personal attributes;

  • Strong design and presentation skills.
  • Good technical knowledge and understanding of construction detailing.
  • Good working knowledge of current Scottish Building Regulations and related legislation
  • Experience of producing planning, building warrant and tender stage information.
  • Strong organisational skills, ability to manage workload and meet deadlines.
  • Full clean driving license preferred.

Part 2 Graduate – Recent graduate preferred but candidates working towards their Part 3 exams will be considered.

The candidate will be highly motivated and be able to work on their own initiative, with others within the practice and the wider design team. Personal development and the opportunity for career development are at the heart of the practice.

We are always looking for talented staff, so if you don’t strictly fit the details above, please get in touch anyway.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email your CV and brief portfolio to: [email protected] for the attention of Alison Niven. If you have any questions regarding the posts, don’t hesitate to email or call to discuss the post further.



Planning Approval

Planning approval for historic country house hotel extension

We were delighted to receive planning approval last week for the extension to an historic country house hotel in Angus.  The proposal will introduce a contemporary, high-quality function suite and wedding venue which will expand the existing facilities, improve accessibility across the whole venue and maximise views towards the surrounding landscape.  Exciting things ahead!

Function Suite and Wedding Venue

Dundee Institute of Architects Awards 2019

We are delighted to have won the ‘Best Small Project – Domestic’ award for one of our projects in St. Andrews at the recent Dundee Institute of Architects 2019 Awards evening at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee.