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Graduate Lighting Designer

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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 AECOM.

We bring projects to life in the cities and communities in which we work, and we’re driven by 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 every community we serve. We’ll provide you support in an environment that allows you to grow and succeed.

AECOM Lighting Design provides comprehensive, independent lighting design services on a broad range of projects worldwide. We are looking for a self-motivated, ambitious and creative graduate to work alongside experienced lighting designers, engineers and Architects. The position is in our London office, though we will also consider applicants wishing to work within our Leeds office.

If you have a passion for light and design, work well within a team, are committed to continuous learning and development, we would like to hear from you.

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.`

Examples of the projects the Lighting team are involved in include:

  • Serpentine Gallery, London. Design and delivery of technical and feature lighting for a temporary feature pavilion in Kensington Gardens which hosts feature architecture / artist installation and lighting design annually within Hyde Park. Internal and external space lighting was designed with cooperation from featured artists / architects including: Sou Fujimoto (2013), Smiljan Radic (2014), Selgas Cano Architects (2015), BIG (2016), Francis Kere (2017), Frida Escobedo (2018) and Junya Ishigami (2019). Each gallery requires close collaboration with the artist, contractor and multi-discipline teams to deliver the full pavilion experience to visitors.
  • Shakespeare North, Knowsley. Design and delivery of technical and feature lighting for key architectural lighting areas, together with lighting assessment planning condition discharge for new exterior lighting of the redeveloped Shakespeare North playhouse in Knowsley.
  • Dubai Expo 2020, Dubai. Design of thematic futuristic public realm lighting to reinforce the Dubai Expo 2020 theme of ‘connecting minds creating the future’. The 400 acre site includes three thematic precincts including Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. This project involves interfacing with the client and contractor teams, contribution to assessing the cost and programme implications of our proposals, in addition to constructability and coordination with other project disciplines.
  • Shanghai Suzhou River, China. Concept design strategy for lighting and dynamic effects to establish overarching masterplan approaches to support design character and themes of 3 precincts: Vitality, Environment and Information; and enhance the project by expressing aspects of the history and future of the Suzhou and Yangtze river system. Key project elements incorporate the creation of an energised environment and reinforcing the connection between people and the river’s vitality.
  • Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Outline Lighting masterplan for the site and detailed lighting masterplan for phased developments within the masterplan as they come forward. Key aspects of the lighting design are integration and expression of sustainability, a core value of the project, combined with sensitive place making and activation of the pedestrian public realm, including the Central Park. Public realm development involved collaboration within a multi-discipline services team, including BIM.

Job Responsibilities

You will work as a part of the Lighting design team helping to develop lighting design packages including reports, drawings, calculations, schedules and specifications.  Responsibilities will be dependent on your existing skills - training given, where necessary. At all stages of work, mentoring and guidance will be provided by more Senior / Mentoring Staff.

Some of Lighting Design tasks with the team would typically include:

  • Concept Stage - An ability to describe and convey your interest in Lighting, by means of sketches / photoshop / mood images or 3D model production.
  • Usually collated in PDF / InDesign or Word.
  • Schematic Stage - An ability to convey Lighting ideas onto Schematic layouts, usually in plan view with supporting sections / details / elevations as necessary.
  • Usually produced in 2D CAD / REVIT or marked up PDFs
  • Schematic Stage – An interest in assisting with the specification of Luminaire / costing and the documentation thereof.
  • Usually collated in PDF / InDesign or Word.
  • Technical Design Stage - An interest in creating a technical Lighting package that describes the full functionality of the Lighting Scheme in all aspects.
  • Usually collated in CAD or REVIT / PDF / InDesign or Word.
  • Construction Stage – An interest in supporting the wider team understanding the implementation of the agreed Lighting Scheme, both on site and remotely
  • Final Commissioning Stage – Individual project requirements differ greatly but an interest in final focusing of luminaires and final commissioning of lighting control system would be useful.
  • Post completion Stage – An interest in producing After Care and Maintenance documentation to support the Client / End User in the successful operation of the agreed Lighting Scheme.


Successful candidates should:

  • Ideally have a university degree in Design, Architecture or Electrical Engineering and have a strong interest in light and lighting. Specialist training in lighting is a plus.
  • Have a strong interest in lighting or previous work experience in a lighting design consultancy / engineering practice with artificial lighting design. Daylight design / analysis skills are also beneficial.
  • Have a current portfolio that demonstrates your interest in lighting.
  • Have an enthusiasm to learn or be able to use lighting design and calculation tools already; e.g. DiaLux, AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch-up, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Rhino, 3DS Max and other three dimensional design tools or graphic software would be advantageous.
  • Have an enthusiasm to learn or already have the ability to produce lighting calculations and preparation of design drawings, sketches or reports.
  • Be a creative, independent, self-motivated individual with the ability to work independently and take ownership of work.
  • Be proactive about professional development and demonstrate a desire to continuously improve and develop as a designer.
  • Have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills in written and spoken English and be a team player.
  • Have a proven ability (could be demonstrated in educational experience) in accepting responsibility, meeting deadlines and working as part of a design team.
  • Be able to make decisions / seek advice and operate in a pro-active way to identify and effectively meet the requirements and expectations of our clients.
  • Applicants must be UK or EU citizens or possess UK residency already.
  • You will be results driven and a motivated individual with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels.


Our Graduate Development Programme (GDP) 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 GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future.  We have over 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK & Ireland, from over 40 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 & Ireland. We will push you to achieve 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 technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects, with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

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Yorkshire and the Humber, London
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5