Chief Information Officer


BVN are architects….

And architecture is created by communicating ideas…

In communicating ideas architects trade information and knowledge with a complex network of professionals who all contribute to the process of creating and making buildings, interiors, masterplans, products, software, images, reports…..

And in contemporary practice these ‘trades’ are enabled by technology.

BVN is looking to engage a CIO to lead the studio into its digital future.


BVN is a global practice. It has studios in Brisbane, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York. The studios are hubs of creative energy where 280 designers, technologists and administrators collaborate to achieve best practice in architecture and design.

The role of the CIO is to operate at a high-level to ensure a continual innovative exploration of the future business environment and the context of new technologies, techniques and processes to deliver excellence in design.

Apart from leading the Information and design technology teams, the role is strategic and advisory. The CIO will be expected to provide strategic direction; advise the principal group on Information and Design Technology (IDT); lead and direct future innovation; and be immersed in the IDT group as a whole.

Fundamental to the role is an intrinsic understanding and enthusiasm to integrate technology and digital opportunities into design outcomes. These qualities along with knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit will be expected to be integrated into studio practices to win work; manage workflows and influence stakeholders and the digital community.

The role of the CIO is to exploit BVNs culture of inquiry to explore ideas with the studio, IDT team and external collaborators for future opportunities in the cross over between information systems, knowledge management, business intelligence, visualisation, design and data processes in the built environment and how they might be applied successfully in a project based business.

To be effective in this role the CIO will ensure that there is an effective decision making body (governance model) for referencing and prioritising the IT requirements of the business; as well as build an effective communications plan to ensure that IDT is fully engaged in the practice dialogue at all levels and is participating at a broader industry level.

Location: Sydney or Brisbane, Australia


The CIO will lead the IDT team and take carriage of the relationships at all levels between the practice and the team as well as the technology influences on:

  • OPERATIONS – premises, business intent, workflows, knowledge share, IDT resourcing, partnerships
  • BUDGETING – management, procurement and contract negotiations
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – develop team expertise, provide mentoring and feedback to IDT team
  • DISASTER RECOVERY AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY – develop and maintain framework for recovery, continuity, security including the assessment and appropriate standards and implementation/ratification
  • IDT CLUSTER PERSPECTIVES – advise on integration of design and technological needs through understanding operational and infrastructure perspectives for projects.
  • PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT – resourcing, professional development and delivery of IDT projects and programmes.
  • CONNECTED PRACTICE – make data visible, decrease silos of information and knowledge, connect the practice globally, analyse and develop systems, processes and behaviours to support the business
  • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT – support collaborative research and development, identify opportunities, activate continuous improvement, encourage innovation

Qualifications required:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proven ability to deliver projects
  • Team player, with a collaborative nature and ability to build strong working relationships
  • Excellent communicator with an extensive global network
  • Ability to operate autonomously
  • Self-motivated
  • Effective negotiator
  • Strategic thinker
  • Entrepreneurial perspective
  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills
  • Willingness to get ‘stuck in’ when necessary

Does your experience and qualifications include:

  • Graduate level education
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in an Information or Technology leadership role for a large (100+staff) AEC / design business (architectural practice preferred), including:
  • Proven IT project delivery experience
  • Experience of reporting to a Board
  • Experience of acting as a budget holder
  • Experience of commissioning services from and managing the relationships with third party service providers
  • Previous line-management experience

How to apply:

The role of CIO is seen as a critical foundation for the future of the studio and as such will attract an appropriate rewards package with the potential to join the pathway to the principals ownership group over an appropriate timescale.

If you would like to express your interest in the role please contact BVN CEO James Grose ( with your CV and contact details.

If you would like more information about the current technological context of the studio please download the information here.