LSI Architects

We are an AJ100 architectural practice seeking to create sustainable, innovative, valuable and positive Architecture that improves lives.
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http://www.lsiarchitects.co.uk

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The people who work at LSI Architects are seen as its greatest investment. This small company believes it has a responsibility to provide employees with the training and development they need to improve and inspire leadership throughout the practice.

Award-winning and featured consistently in the Architects' Journal AJ100, it has a roster of around 60 which includes architects, architectural technologists and support staff located in Norwich and London. Employees are highly trained and motivated to deliver the quality design and committed service they believe clients should expect. The majority of its turnover derives from repeat business.

LSI Architects prioritises employees' wellbeing and mental health, and has worked alongside Mind and Cake People Development. Staff are provided with the training and development needed to improve and inspire emotional intelligence, coaching and leadership skills. Through its projects it aims to create sustainable, innovative, valuable and positive architecture that improves lives, builds communities and enhances society; it calls this Life Touching Design.

The practice has extensive experience of undertaking projects for clients of all types across the UK, including large contractors and the public sector. This includes work on healthcare, education, residential and workplace schemes, often in London, Norfolk or Cambridge. Notable projects include a new academy building for Norwich City FC, a multi-level shopping centre in Stockport and a student accommodation scheme at the University of East Anglia.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

96% of staff agreed

My manager cares about how satisfied I am in my job

All directors and studio heads undergo 360-degree feedback, conducted via a survey that is available to every member of staff. This forms a large part of managers' development reviews, at which goals and training needs are agreed. Progress is monitored and discussed at a follow-up session.

Wellbeing

80% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

A wellness action plan, incorporated into development reviews, encourages employees to describe what keeps them well at work and what might cause them issues. This can identify triggers and signs of poor mental health such as fatigue or loss of motivation due to long hours or not taking breaks.

Fair Deal

80% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

Benefits include an annual study trip to destinations such as Budapest, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Stuttgart. In the most recent (pre-pandemic) feedback survey, 94% of attendees said that the activities undertaken on the trips were inspirational. Staff can take advantage of flexible working, a healthcare cashback plan and Perkbox.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1880
Total number of employees
2
Number of UK locations
38
Employee average age
61% : 39%
Male : Female employee ratio
47%
Employees earning £35k+
6%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...

“A recent study by the Royal Institute of British Architects suggested that almost half of all architects have suffered a drop in mental health during the pandemic. No industry or business has been unaffected by this pandemic and we can’t always avoid the pressures that come with the work that we do. As a business that sells ideas; time dedicated to generating intellectual property, all we have is our people, and so having happy, healthy and motivated employees is really important to us but it is a perfectly normal response to the challenging situation we find ourselves in to have found things tough. The fact that we have made the 100 Best Small Companies To Work For based on what our team has said about LSI as an employer is something we are always proud of, but perhaps even more so this year and shows us that we are on the right path to achieving our ambition to be the best employer in the construction industry.”

Ben Goode, Director - LSI Architects

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