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New to Zurich Irish Architect looking for work.

Hi All,

My Girlfriend and I are relocating to Zurich this August. She has secured a job in one of the international schools as a teacher while I will be looking for a job in Architecture.

I'm an architect with 7 years of experience in design lead Irish and Canadian firms. My experience to date has been good and rounded however my German skills are almost none existent at this stage... I would appreciate any help/advice on how to secure work in the Zurich area. What are the names of Architectural firms that might be interested in CV, etc?

Again any help is appreciated, Cheers
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Re: New to Zurich Irish Architect looking for work.

welcome ...and you will have a great time in zurich. I guess why you havent got any replies is because...not alot of people have time to go researching jobs for you.....just a tip...anyway enjoy
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Re: New to Zurich Irish Architect looking for work.

Thanks for the welcome Istebraq.... I don't expect anyone to go job searching for me..... only to pass on any tips they have from their experience looking for an Architectural job as an English speaking architect. Tips, advice that is all. Thanks in advance
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Re: New to Zurich Irish Architect looking for work.

I'm also an Irish architect working here, I spoke no German when i arrived and didnt have much experience either. I think i was very lucky to find a job (got it before coming), most architecture practices are quite small and work through German. I'm working more or less through German now (here 9 months) but am a bit limited to what I can do - German not good enough for meeting clients/contractors, phone calls etc yet. You might get lucky though, most people speak English and could be persuaded to have an English speaker is a good idea. Try Herzon & DeMeuron in Basel - they're the only big international office i can think of!
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Re: New to Zurich Irish Architect looking for work.

Hi, welcome, this is the main search site for Architecture jobs in Switzerland:

http://www.swiss-architects.com/en/jobs

As you'll see, plenty of jobs, advice; if you can afford it, sign up for an intensive German course as soons as possible.

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Hi All,

My Girlfriend and I are relocating to Zurich this August. She has secured a job in one of the international schools as a teacher while I will be looking for a job in Architecture.

I'm an architect with 7 years of experience in design lead Irish and Canadian firms. My experience to date has been good and rounded however my German skills are almost none existent at this stage... I would appreciate any help/advice on how to secure work in the Zurich area. What are the names of Architectural firms that might be interested in CV, etc?

Again any help is appreciated, Cheers
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Re: New to Zurich Irish Architect looking for work.

Good luck! I'm an architect with a masters degree, 2 licenses, & 10 years of experience from the US. I moved to Zurich last year, and have been learning German daily & intensively (I completed B1 level). I already have a work-permit, but I haven't had much luck getting interviews. There are lots of jobs (as you can see on swiss-architects.com); but as I'm sure you'll also see, the vast majority of architecture work here requires German language fluency (a minimum of C1) and local experience. That is a bit of a catch-22 for people like us: internships seem to be allocated for young students, and I'm not sure how to go about acquiring my first local experience.
I've only had one interview so far, at Herzon & de Meuron in Basel (because I spoke Arabic and the project is in Qatar); but I didn't get the job. There aren't a lot of international architecture firms in Zurich, unfortunately; I only know of Calatrava (which is also incredibly competitive).
I'm trying to be flexible and consider jobs outside of architecture (in areas of interest for me: art, perfume, Arabic/English language); but I thought, since my education and experience are primarily in architecture, I'd stand a better chance getting a job in it. I've often considered giving up myself, but that is not much of an option for me (for personal reasons).
Frankly, I'm not sure this city can offer me the chance I'm striving for. I've recently enrolled in a part-time postgraduate program (in English) at a local university, hoping that that would open some doors for me. I realize that's not an option for everybody (nor can I vouch for its efficacy yet). But even though I don't have much positive to offer, I think sometimes just knowing that you're not alone helps...
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