Landscape Architect, technical

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    The position

    We are looking for a talented and technically minded Landscape Architect to join our growing team in Manchester. You will be working on a variety of exciting projects including a number of public realm, residential and mixed use schemes in the North West. The post is a permanent position.  

    About us

    CW Studio is a design-led, award-winning landscape architecture practice focussed on creating thoughtful and sustainable landscapes and celebrating outdoor places.

    The Manchester studio, founded in 2012 by director Carolyn Willitts, has a unique background, uniting commercial landscape architecture practice with Carolyn’s previous role as a theatre designer, creating a fresh approach to landscape design.

    We like stories, take joy in creative collaboration, and love designing bespoke and inventive spaces that connect people to places. We are friendly, supportive and sociable. We thrive on learning something new every day.

    Hybrid & Flexible Working

    We believe that hybrid and flexible working improves our work-life balance, health, and happiness. Each employee has an annual well-being allowance which could cover a yoga app, reflexology sessions, new trainers for running… it is there for what you need.


    We are based in a sociable studio space in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

    About you

    You are a talented and highly motivated landscape architect. You’re an organised problem solver who loves creating sustainable landscapes, you have a strong work ethic and enjoy collaboration.

    You relish sitting around a table with designers, a big plan and marker pens, then breaking down the big ideas into workable technical solutions and ensuring these are realised on site. You are technically minded, enthusiastic about QM Drawing Systems, enjoy working with contractors, and have strong experience of producing construction details for public realm schemes. You enjoy a mix of assisting on projects and running projects yourself.

    Essential qualifications

    Landscape Architect (minimum of 2 years post experiences in practice) or Chartered Landscape Architect.

    Essential requirements

    • A technical and curious mind
    • Excellent construction details experience
    • Excellent site work experience
    • Excellent communication skills verbally, in writing, and in quick detail sketches
    • Happy to take on different roles, as our small team requires
    • Enthusiastic and motivated about excellent filing including drawing and document numbering systems!
    • Strong belief in the value of sustainable landscapes
    • Excellent in AutoCad and general IT
    • Experienced in NBS Chorus
    • Willingness to learn new skills as they become requirement
    • Fluent in the English language
    • Have a relevant permit for working in the UK
    • A full UK driving license

    Desirable requirements 

    • Experience in Revit
    • Experience in Keyscape
    • Good SketchUp skills
    • Good Adobe InDesign and Photoshop skills


    Competitive to suit experience.

    How to apply

    Please send us a CV (one-page A4), a portfolio (up to ten pages) showing some of your best work, and a covering letter telling us a bit about yourself and why you are perfect for this role. Please email this to us by Friday 12th August to:

    If you’d like to find out more, please contact Lisa via email:

    Please note in your portfolio which parts of the work you were responsible for. The attachments must not exceed 10MB in total.

    Interviews will be scheduled for the week beginning Monday 5th September.


    Sustainability is at the heart of every project we work on and we actively seek sustainable solutions and specify with climate change and the biodiversity crisis at the forefront of each project. We are passionate about connecting people to urban nature and creating all the health and wellbeing benefits that can bring.

    CW Studio was an early signatory to Landscape Architects Declare which seeks to raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for practical action. Director Carolyn Willitts is proud to be on the steering group for Landscape Architects Declare and Construction Declares.

    As a practice we have begun our exciting journey towards B Corp status which evaluates how CW Studio interacts with our employees, clients, community and the environment, and we have also signed up to the SME Climate Commitment to take action as a business to address climate change.


    We want to build CW Studio as an environment where people love their work and show respect and empathy to those with whom we interact. We believe that a more diverse team will benefit our work and our clients, allowing us to design with a wider range of perspectives and experiences.

    Diversity typically includes, but is not limited to, differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political and religious affiliation, socioeconomic background, cultural background, geographic location, physical disabilities and abilities, relationship status, and age.

    To work on diversity means that we welcome these differences and strive to increase the visibility of traditionally underrepresented groups in our industry.

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