Takween’s mission focuses on innovative and concrete solutions that have been researched, tested and implemented to meet the needs of communities and their specific built environments to achieve inclusive urban spaces that will thrive for generations to come. With this mission, Takween aims to improve the quality for inhabitants living in cities across Egypt and the Middle East.
Design & Planning Unit
Thursday, December 22, 2022
About the job
The primary role is to provide support to Takween-ICD urban development program in areas of research, documentation, design, execution, and communication activities. The Architect will be engaged under the supervision of the Senior Architect in different project phases including mobilizations, assessment, planning and implementation. The Architect is expected to work in a range of fields of interventions including urban upgrading, participatory design of public open space interventions, architectural design, and detailed urban planning/redevelopment of existing urban areas.
Key Result Areas
The Architect will work with in-house technical teams and external consultants - under the supervision of Senior Architect - to produce full and integrated architectural/urban design packages (from concept to tendering stages) in areas of architectural design, and architectural/urban conservation of heritage sites. The Architect will be responsible with the team for the following:
Develop and verify adaptive reuse / preliminary intervention plans for heritage sites prior to any conservation activity;
Development of multidisciplinary technical architectural packages (plans, sections, elevations, BoQs and 3D Models) and establishment of partnerships to conserve, rehabilitate and reuse heritage sites and buildings;
Development of intervention plans and Requests for Proposals (RfPs) and evaluation/selection of qualified subcontractors;
Implementation/Overseeing the implementation of the approved interventions utilizing international best practices;
Handing over the sites to the relevant GoE entity and produce site handing over report;
Conduct post-occupancy surveys for site/building and documentation of the process;
Project Management / Technical Responsibilities
Collection of primary/secondary data, documentation of the different targeted sites, field surveys, and analysis/assessment of the existing site conditions to produce accurate and reliable documentation packages (photographic, measured drawings, condition surveys, etc.) and site analysis studies;
Conduct participatory design sessions with the different stakeholders to assess their needs and secure their approvals to produce responsive design options;
Produce in consultation with the different project teams and consultants—the development of design options to produce environmentally / financially sound, and architecturally appropriate intervention packages (from concept to tendering stages) including design drawings, illustrations, specifications, Bills of Quantities, Cost Estimates, etc.
Interface with the different projects’ consultants and review their work throughout the different design and implementation stages to ensure the quality and timeliness of their agreed deliverables as well as their compliance with the approved codes and building regulations;
Conduct the proper documentation of before and after intervention conditions and of different design and implementation stages (through photography, videography, written narratives, drawings, etc.) to produce adaptive reuse manuals, process documentation materials, as-built drawings, etc.
Archive of the projects’ data (documents, drawings, sketches, filed notes, photographs, digital materials, etc.) to ensure the proper maintenance and accessibility of the projects’ archives;
Communication and Reporting
Assist the Senior Architect in documenting projects’ results; and collecting written and graphic materials to produce different reports, communication materials and presentations.
Assist the Senior Architect in designing, organizing, and publicizing different workshops and seminars engaging local stakeholders, professionals, and public audience.
Actively engage under the supervision of the Senior Architect in communication activities, electronic campaigns, or social media platforms;
B. Sc. in Architecture, or equivalent university degree in related area of study;
3-8 years of working experience in urban development, urban/architectural conservation, project management;
Familiarity with urban/architectural, upgrading of historic areas, and participatory design;
In-depth understanding of production and coordination of design packages, technical drawings, and tender documents;
Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English is a must;
Excellent analytical and writing skills in Arabic and English is desirable;
Strong interpersonal communications skills;
Excellent working knowledge MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite: (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier), AutoCAD, relevant 3D modeling, 3D Max, Lumion, Vray, Sketchup with supportive render plugins;
Graphic design, photography and sketching skills are an advantage;
Ability to work under high pressure and carry out multi-tasks in simultaneous projects;
Self-motivation and willingness to learn;
Creativity and ability to seek and explore innovative solutions
Teamwork abilities and work collaboratively with other stakeholders and staff members
Strong planning and organizational skills to cope with expected workload
Accountability and high commitment to the company’s quality standards and code of ethics
Effective communication of ideas and design solutions with clients and team members;
Architects will work at the Main office in Cairo, with possible travel. Accommodation and transportation are covered.
Takween Integrated Community Development (Takween) is an urban development firm established in 2009 in Egypt by a dynamic team with extensive experience, in response to a foreseen growing demand for innovative urban solutions in a world where it is predicted that by 2030, 60% of the world’s inhabitants will be living in urban centers. Takween specializes in the development of integrated packages in urban development services and solutions to support and complement efforts of tackling urban challenges. Takween provides project planning, design, and implementation services to a range of local and international clients. Takween fields of interventions include integrated urban development and upgrading, heritage management and conservation, community development and mobilization, participatory design and planning, and construction activities.