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Architecture Programme and Awards Manager

Royal Academy of Arts
Deadline: 14 October 2018

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About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK’s foremost arts organisations. We are an artist and architect-led institution, famous for our world class exhibitions including Painting The Modern Garden, Ai Weiwei, Richard Rogers and Sensing Spaces. Our public programme promotes the creation, study and enjoyment of art and architecture through exhibitions, education and debate.

Our mission is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. We are an innovative and forward-looking organisation, yet we’re also immensely proud and respectful of our heritage. We aim to be leaders in the exhibiting, in the creation and in generating debate of the visual arts and architecture.

It is a particularly exciting time in our history as we celebrate our 250th anniversary.  An ambitious masterplan by David Chipperfield RA has just been completed that unites our two buildings, providing refurbished galleries, a state-of-the-art auditorium, and new spaces that sees architecture have an increased prominence.

About the Architecture Department

The RA is where architecture intersects with the visual arts – a connection embraced by a Department that produces high-profile events, creative projects, publications, commissions and exhibitions, with leading architects, artists and cultural figures. Across its activities the Department aims to inspire the profession and deepen the public’s understanding of architecture. For over two decades the Academy has developed a reputation for tackling critical themes emerging from architecture’s relationship to culture and society through its unique programming. With the opening of an expanded campus in 2018, we have increased the architectural offer, providing new opportunities for programming.

About this opportunity

The position of Architecture Programme and Awards Manager will be responsible for devising and delivering the RA Architecture public event Programme and the recently launched Architecture Awards Programme.

Reporting to the Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator, and working alongside the Architecture Programme Curator, you will be responsible for the creation, management and delivery of both the public events and awards programmes. Following an agreed strategy, this entails devising, then implementing the Programmes including generating content, managing publicity and communications, budgets, stakeholder management, and overseeing the delivery, to the highest professional standard, of both Programmes. You will make a vital contribution to the success of the RA Architecture Programme and the effective operation of the Architecture Department.

About you

You will have a genuine interest and knowledge of the field of architecture. You will possess demonstrable experience of directing and managing events and projects that have multiple outputs, with efficiency and precision. You must have exceptional organizational skills with budget and time management acumen and a solid record of delivery. You will have experience of dealing with high-profile stakeholders with professionalism and composure, from funders and journalists, to renowned artists and architects.

You will have the ability to strategically assess a project and direct it to maximize impact and effectiveness, harnessing opportunities and managing appropriately.  Diligent and unflappable, you will have the ability to work on a number of events and projects simultaneously, remain unfazed by unforeseen issues that may arise, and realise them within the required deadlines.

You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and will work positively and collaboratively with Royal Academician architects and artists, external stakeholders and teams across the Academy.

You must demonstrate a sound understanding of the Royal Academy of Arts.

What benefits do we offer?

We offer a very generous pension scheme, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme. On top of 25 days’ holiday and 8 days’ bank holiday each year, our offices close between Christmas Eve and New Year, allowing staff additional paid holiday. Staff are encouraged to attend free history of art and life-drawing classes on site. We also have a staff choir, a running club and a craft club. Best of all, our reciprocal agreement with the leading museums and art galleries in London and New York entitles you to enter for free with your staff pass.

How to apply

To apply for this position, candidates must complete an application form. For further information about this role, and to find our application form, visit our website at:


Closing date for applications:                                 Midnight Sunday 14 October 2018

Interviews to be held week commencing:             22 October 2018



Job:                          Architecture Programme and Awards Manager
Department:            Architecture
Reports to:              Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator


Under the direction of the Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator (HoA), and in collaboration with senior colleagues and stakeholders, manage and deliver the Architecture, Events and Awards Programmes to the highest standard and maximum impact, to meet the objectives for Architecture at the Royal Academy.


Oversee the creation and delivery of a diverse programme of architectural lectures and events that promotes architecture to the public and the profession and manage its publicity and communication. Responsibilities will include:


  • In agreement with the HoA establish the strategy and direction of the events programme and its marketing
  • Establish and manage the budget for the Programme
  • Devise and implement some events, conducting all necessary research, issue invitations and brief participants
  • Engage internal and external curators for specific strands of programming
  • Oversee the professional delivery of all the architectural lectures, forums, and events internally or externally curated
  • Oversee the promotion and publicity of the event Programme, both print and online
  • Work to maximise value, reach and output of content, including live-streaming, commissioning filming, write-ups and further activities leading from events
  • Working with colleagues, develop partnerships with local or international academic or cultural organisations for aspects of the programme
  • Host post-event dinners when necessary
  • Work with the events team on major events and stakeholder dinners as necessary
  • Work with senior members of staff and the RA development team to attract and manage Programme supporters

Architecture Awards Programme  

Undertake the management and implementation of the Architecture Awards Programme and all associated activities, alongside internal and external stakeholder management. Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop a detailed project plan for the Awards and manage its implementation
  • Establish and manage related budgets and monitor against plan
  • In agreement with the HoA establish the jury; oversee all communications and arrangements with the jury members, working closely with the chair of the jury on all aspects of the jury process
  • Direct and oversee the awardee nominations process
  • Devise and oversee the programme for Awards Week, working with internal teams and external contacts as necessary
  • Devise the presentation of the work of the shortlisted architects in the Architecture Studio, for a month-long display
  • Manage internal and external stakeholders and communication throughout process
  • Work closely with HoA and the Development Department to manage donors and identify new opportunities for support
  • Work with the events team on the major events and stakeholder dinners taking place during Awards Week
  • Identify opportunities that will help maximise impact and reach of the awards and manage implementation
  • Collaborate with internal teams throughout project implementation, ensuring key needs are understood and conflicting needs are managed effectively
  • Develop relationships with external stakeholders such as institutions and embassies

Other duties

  • Manage the Architecture Programme Administrator who will provide administrative and logistical support to the delivery of the events and awards programmes and their communication
  • Deputise for the HoA at meetings when requested
  • Prepare reports of the Programme for relevant internal committees and groups
  • Ensure that relevant Health and Safety policies, procedures and regulations are known, understood and implemented by yourself and all others who work with the team
  • Undertake any other duty which may reasonably be allocated by the HoA or other senior officer.



  • Extensive experience of managing complex projects and events; devising and implementing strategies, planning and scheduling
  • Experience of formulating budgets and monitoring expenditure
  • Experience of working with high-level stakeholders
  • Experience of working with communications teams
  • Degree level education or equivalent experience
  • Desirable, training or experience in architecture or related field

Skills and attributes

  • Exceptionally well organized, with attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of architecture
  • Excellent project management, planning and problem-solving skills
  • First class oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work simultaneously on numerous different projects, working flexibly with the ability to re-prioritise, ensuring critical deadlines are always achievable
  • Strong stakeholder management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to get up to speed quickly
  • Well-honed administrative skills, fully computer literate to self-administrate (correspondence, reporting and maintaining records of material and information)
  • Genuine interest in the work and objectives of the Academy and Architecture Department

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