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People and Culture

People and Culture

Welcome to BKK Architects.

We’re collaborators, not competitors. We like being part of a wider Melbourne design community and we actively seek out opportunities for collaborative relationships with other architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers of many disciplines.

Real collaboration is an attitude and a skillset in itself – one that we’re proud to share.

This attitude brings variety and depth to our practice. It’s how we punch above our weight as lead consultants on major infrastructure projects yet remain small enough to deliver gorgeous and sustainable homes.

Sustainability Action Plan

We’re a NoC02 certified carbon neutral business and a signatory to Australian Architects Declare. Our Sustainability Action Plan maps our journey towards delivering on all the Architects Declare and then aiming beyond sustainability towards regeneration. Read about it here.

Reconciliation Action Plan

As architects our responsibility extends beyond the built environment; it encompasses a commitment to the lands, communities, and cultural heritage intertwined with our projects. In 2021 we launched our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan with Reconciliation Australia, joining thousands of other organisations dedicated to reconciliation efforts. Read about it here.

We helped establish the Architecture and Design Reconciliation Industry Network Group, with Reconciliation Australia and other architectural practices. This has created a platform for shared learnings, relationship building and transparent discussions about our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) journeys.

We have had the opportunity to work with various indigenous consultants and advisors on projects within the office, and value the process of Collaboration. We believe embedding reconciliation principles into all aspect of architectural practice is pivotal in shaping a more inclusive and respectful industry.

People

Simon Knott

Principal

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Tim Black

Principal

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Deb Adams

Senior Associate

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Jennifer Salter

Associate

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Ewan Carson

Project Delivery Manager

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George Huon

Principal

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Vaughan Howard

Associate

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Wendy Lee-Warne

Senior Architect

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Georgia Hocking

Project Architect

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Nico Kelly

Associate

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Hannah Rowe

Project Architect

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Kelvin Chai

Senior Design & Visualisation

Lucy McAuliffe

Senior Project Architect

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Kate Jenkin

Interior Designer

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Missy Saleeba

Practice Manager

Liz Phun

Senior Architect

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Anna McAlister

Communications Manager

Elizabeth Mason

Interior Designer

Gerald Low

Student of Architecture

Maximillian Gonzales

Design & Visualisation

Iliya Manasiev

Graduate of Architecture

Kieran Merriman

Architectural Assistant

Monet Plant

Business Support

Paarija Saxena

Graduate of Architecture

Sorna Graetz

Architect

Yash Ravi

Architect

Maximiliano De La Jara Kojak

Architect

Ryan Esselink

Graduate of Architecture

Raquel Maldonado

Graduate of Architecture

Vanda Scarfo

Finance Manager

Real corporate social responsibility

We don’t just say we’re committed to social ideals, we actually give them our time and skills.

We have a longstanding relationship with FareShare, which provides free nutritious meals for people who need them. We help out with labour and fundraising. We’ve worked with Australian Migrant Educational Services to mentor migrants who are architects or who are studying architecture. We’ve partnered with She Works to offer employment opportunities for women.

Proactively seeking diversity

A diverse team is a wise, well-informed team – a team whose projects are for everyone. We proactively reach out to suitably experienced and qualified individuals whose backgrounds bring a range of perspectives to enrich BKK and the architectural community.

LGBTIQA+ people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for any vacancy we advertise.

current vacancies

Submissions and Communications Manager

As the Submissions and Comms Manager at BKK, you will be an integral part of our collaborative team, responsible for managing and producing high-quality, winning proposals and marketing collateral.

The ideal candidate for this role must be motivated, proactive, creative, professional, and collaborative with 5+ years’ experience in a similar role.

About the role

You will be responsible for managing the submission process from opportunity through to award, delivering on the broader business development strategy. In addition, you will manage and coordinate all communication tasks, while ensuring consistency of the BKK Architects brand identity, assisting in the production of marketing collateral, print and digital media for internal and external communications. The role will also include working closely with the management team to execute BKK’s Sales and Marketing strategies.

Responsibilities

Submissions

  • Coordinate and manage all submissions related activities at BKK, applying a strong architectural understanding to write strategic copy and communicate distinct methodologies
  • Manage and coordinate team resources for all submissions and manage all sub consultants
  • Manage and coordinate the development and maintenance of submission related materials, including text and graphic content, project sheets, capabilities, and CVs.
  • Develop tailored written content specifically for each individual bid proposal
  • Strategic planning and research for bid responses and develop and maintain a submissions resource library
  • Maintain record of all submissions and their status, provide submissions related reports as and when required by management
  • Undertake project completion surveys with clients and report to management on insights
  • Contribute to strategy for positioning and inclusion on tender lists and bid teams
  • Responsible for monitoring databases and publications to identify submission opportunities
  • Undertake market research relevant to upcoming submissions, existing sectors and new growth sectors
  • Contribute to the development of improvements to bid process and success rates of submissions
  • Apply and champion BKK’s brand guidelines on all submissions

Marketing & Comms

  • Collaborate with the marketing team on any activities that may overlap between PR and submissions, upcoming events, people and studio news and events and provide story ideas, graphics and text as required
  • Assist with content for internal and external communications including newsletters, journals, website content, public relations and tailored client presentations and social media content
  • Assist with the implementation of targeted client engagement initiatives to support marketing and sales plan targets
  • Assist with preparing entries for awards

Essential Skills and Experience

  • A strong understanding of the architectural industry, working understanding of key sectors and specificities
  • Flair for copywriting, grammar, proofreading and ability to communicate architectural concepts
  • Excellent strategic and analytic problem solving skills
  • Outgoing with great interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under time pressure and meet deadlines with a high quality output
  • Ability to respond to the needs of the management team
  • Motivated, proactive, well organised and an attention to detail
  • Able to prioritise activities in a fluid environment
  • A good collaborator able to support and drive a team under pressure and to deadlines
  • Ensure all work is carried out in accordance with BKK’s IMS and Policies and Procedures and suggest improvements as required.

Benefits and Culture

  • Award winning studio
  • Diverse range of project sectors
  • Collaborative working environment
  • Supportive, fun, and friendly work environment
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Remote working policy
  • Paid parental leave
  • Professional development
  • Mentoring program
  • Employee Assistance Provider (EAP)

 

work with us

Bring all your personality, energy and design thinking to a nimble smaller practice.

At BKK, your job title doesn’t determine your contribution to the design process. We listen to everyone’s input. We hold weekly design-review sessions to get the best thinking on all our projects.

Our design philosophy is based on humility: on trust and respect for others’ perspectives. Our role is to curate, not dictate, the design process. We focus on the integrity of the outcome, wherever the ideas come from.

We are always looking for new talent.
Send Missy your CV and portfolio as a PDF to office@b-k-k.com.au

Great contemporary workplace

Our new office is five minutes’ walk from Flinders Street Station. Our kitchen, with its floor-to-ceiling views of ACMI, the Birrarung (Yarra River) and the parklands beyond, is where we meet, cook and eat, and entertain professional friends and collaborators.

Like most architects, we found that designing together was the toughest part of remote work during the lockdowns. So we’ve prioritised spaces for collaboration and meetings. We know that individual work can be done anywhere but, let’s face it, people are territorial, so we all have our own desks.

Our role is to curate, not dictate, the design process. We focus on the integrity of the outcome, wherever the ideas come from.

Professional development

We offer all our people an annual allowance for professional development, providing the career growth and learning opportunities of their choice. Our mentoring and buddying program is available to staff at all levels.

Innovation

Join our innovation working group to develop digital design tools, research sustainable design, and more. Bring along your ideas for new ways to make architecture and contribute to the business, the building and the profession.

Flexible working arrangements

You’re a human being with responsibilities and a life, and Monday to Friday 9 to 6 isn’t always the most effective way to work. Design teams need to work together face-to-face. Apart from that, talk to us about flexible arrangements that suit you and us.

Parental leave

Primary carers of all genders receive six weeks’ leave on full pay (or 12 weeks on half pay) and flexible arrangements for when you return to work. While you’re on leave you’ll receive keep-in-touch days and paid superannuation, and you’ll accrue long service leave.