Careers

careers
Lovell Chen brings together architects, designers, heritage consultants, planners, conservation specialists, historians and researchers in one innovative dynamic practice
We look for passionate, focused people to join our dedicated teams working on the delivery of creative new architecture, the adaptation of heritage structures, conservation and restoration projects, master plans, heritage studies, interpretation work and the provision of heritage advice.
WHY JOIN LOVELL CHEN?

Lovell Chen offers the chance to work with some of the best minds in their fields in the country, on groundbreaking projects that are helping shape the physical environment and regulatory control regimes. From Passive House design to meticulous restoration work, heritage policy development to strategy planning for major sites — the possibilities are many and varied. Our team includes talented support staff, including office management, graphic design and knowledge services specialists.

Team members are from a wide range of culturally diverse backgrounds, with a broad mix of skills
— We work in a friendly, open plan office: the work is serious — but we have fun too!
— The senior staff are accessible to all
— Our CPD programmes can help broaden your abilities in architecture, conservation or heritage
— We assist our registered architects to reach their CPD requirements, and we run CPD programmes in all relevant fields
— In some circumstances, we support further academic studies

You can also explore the nation’s heritage footprint, inside and out! Many of our staff are engaged in on-site activities. In addition, we hold regular events, lectures, excursions, etc., providing the chance to participate in the cultural life of the wider community.

APPLICATIONS

Applications for listed vacancies, as well as general careers enquiries, should be addressed to our Practice Manager (see below). Your application should include your CV and a covering letter outlining your experience, as well as your contact details. Please do not send more than five A4 sheets. Video submissions are accepted.

We regret that we cannot reply to every application received.

Send your documentation to:
Practice Manager, Lovell Chen : practicemanager@lovellchen.com.au

Lovell Chen is an equal opportunities employer

Meet …

Candice Keeling

Candice Keeling
Heritage team

Sometimes a career can take a winding path. Candice, who works in our heritage team, started out studying architecture, then conservation. Sounds straightforward but she was born in South Africa (SA), on the outskirts of the relatively young city of Johannesburg, where conservation work isn’t really a possible career choice. She enrolled in a multidisciplinary course in Belgium, post grad. Private practice in architecture followed, but a trip to Australia to attend a friend’s wedding led to her falling in love with Melbourne.

Of her early life, she says, “When I was little, I was in awe of Johannesburg’s buildings. I fell in love with South African Art Deco”. Later she realised that her European studies gave her experience in international law relating to heritage — and SA law is largely based on UNESCO guidelines and the Burra Charter — giving her a head start in Australia. And fate had a hand: “The person next to me on the plane to Australia had a friend in heritage. I already knew about Lovell Chen but this connection resulted in an interview”.

“It’s the variety of type of projects that draws me — every level and size.” Does she miss architectural design? Well, no: “My work intersects with the design side … reviewing and making assessments. Lovell Chen is the right path for me”.

Vacancies

Meet …

Bob McDougall

Bob McDougall
Architecture and Conservation team

Looking back, Bob reflects that he stumbled into architecture. He always wanted to be doing something spatial, and he wanted to study in Melbourne, so he moved from rural NSW and enrolled in Melbourne University’s Bachelor of Environments course, and followed that with a masters in architecture. Heritage work drew him in.

He encountered Lovell Chen in person through a subject in heritage conservation in which we showed how the story of the University’s Old Quad can be read through the physical evidence of the building’s fabric — how the building has changed over time and how it could be set right. This is what he wanted to be doing.

Then, just at the moment he needed to find work and was researching architectural conservation possibilities, he saw a vacancy on this website, applied within the hour, and got the job (we didn’t make this up!).

He says he feels hopeful working at Lovell Chen: “The pandemic has made things difficult … but we talk about how things are changing, and how the way we work will change. New projects come in with huge challenges, and I feel we are well placed to address them.” He says, “We always work this way. A new project is a chance to do something better, to incrementally make a positive contribution.”