Post Graduate Architectural Assistant (Part 2) - Industry - Architecture Practice


AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, see how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM We enjoy what we do in bringing projects to life in the cities and communities in which we work. We are driven by a design ethos, a set of values and a common purpose to create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments. Innovation is built into every project we manage and community we serve. We enjoy an exceptional team approach and our architectural staff work closely with in-house engineers and other professionals to develop award winning integrated projects which address urban and climate changes. About AECOM’s Industry Division and its Architecture Practice: As part of AECOM’s Resources and Industry business, the Industry division is a multi-disciplinary consultancy focusing on the design of innovative industrial projects worldwide, which incorporate processes at the cutting edge of emergent technology. It operates primarily in the power generation, energy efficiency, automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, data processing, manufacturing, distribution and warehousing sectors. Clients include Amazon, BMW, DHL, GE, Jaguar Land Rover, Manchester Airport Group, Rolls Royce, Shell and UPS. The Architecture Practice is a key, lead design function within Industry with growing teams to support its workload. However about half of the Practice’s work is with other AECOM businesses, designing offices, local authority projects, schools, emergency services buildings, airport facilities, prisons, railway stations and depots. The Practice is proud of its high quality work, is fully BIM enabled and produces high quality 4D visualizations. Forward workload is very buoyant and growing with several large frameworks and projects recently won. The Practice is therefore recruiting exceptional and ambitious Post Graduate Architectural Assistants to join its busy design studios in Bristol & Edinburgh.


As a Post Graduate Architectural Assistant you will work with senior members of our teams on a wide range of projects at all stages of the design and construction process. From day one, you will be involved in important and challenging projects. Every day will be different, and you will be required to use your skills and knowledge to solve problems and provide key input into our projects. You will work in a team to provide technical solutions, and your day could involve anything from producing designs, specifications and calculations, to assisting in technical reports, travelling to construction sites or participating in client meetings. Core responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the preparation of conceptual design work and the presentation of projects
  • Supporting the design development of project proposals and feasibility studies
  • Supporting the technical delivery and implementation of projects including preparing working drawings, specifications and contract documentation.


Essential Criteria:

  • Studying for or having attained an MA, M.Arch or equivalent post graduate architectural qualification
  • Pursuing RIBA Part 3 / Registered Architect status either during or after placement
  • Strong spatial and technical ability with strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong hand drawing and computer graphic skills
  • Sound knowledge of AutoCAD, Adobe and the MS suite of programmes
  • Training in Revit
  • Eligible to work in the UK

Desirable Criteria

  • Good 3D computer skills will be an advantage
  • Experience of BIM, Revit, In-Design will be an advantage
  • Interest in all aspects of architecture and construction technology from concept to detail design
  • Ambitious, energetic and hard-working.
  • Highly motivated with excellent communication skills
  • At least 1 years relevant experience of working in a recognized architectural practice

Please note that when applying to this role you musts provide the following: a) Written CV b) Portfolio with pictorial examples of their work c) Evidence of detailed design in b) (eg this might be detailing up parts of a building that you have designed conceptually) d) Details of work experience that you may have had in an architect’s office (eg prior to or during university –eg summer or year out placements) 3 e) Proof of Revit training at University 


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) within AECOM, along with our huge scope of projects across the globe, will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our programmes form a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. You will be part of the AECOM GDP, benefitting from the support, training and potential opportunities across AECOM . We have over 1,000 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Europe, from over 30 different disciplines, each and every one of them making a tangible difference to the environment we all live & work in. We will provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including chartership with the relevant international professional institution – where we have graduates working towards over 30 professional institutions in the UK. We demand the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support & guide your development, and undertake regular training modules throughout the programme. There will be on-the-job and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure. 

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