Graduate scheme

Company Description

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.

Job Description

AECOM is listed as the 3rd largest employer of architects worldwide in the World Architecture WA100 2020 survey, with 1,637 architects. We currently have 180 architectural staff in the UK based in 4 locations. AECOM are listed at number 15 in the AJ100 top UK architectural practices. AECOM employs around 6500 multi-disciplinary staff in the UK.

Our Architectural team is buoyant and growing with several large frameworks and projects recently won in a variety of sectors and geographies. The Practice is therefore recruiting exceptional and ambitious Part 1 Architectural Assistants to join its busy design studios.

Examples of projects our Architectural team are involved in include:

  • HS2 Birmingham International station - AECOM are delivering this new station for Laing O’Rourke in a full multi-disciplinary team.
  • Belfast Childrens Hospital - A new circa £300m hospital in the centre of Belfast.
  • AlUla, Saudi Arabia - AECOM have recently joined a strategic partnership with RCU to help develop all aspects of this world heritage site, as one of the mega projects that are part of Saudi Vision 2030.
  • MoJ & MoD Framework – AECOM have multiple framework awards for the government departments, to design from prisons to barracks, and from complex high security buildings to masterplan defence sites around the globe.

As a Part 1 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, graphics, 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.

Those working in the Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast office will be required to obtain UK government security clearances.


BA (Hons) degree in Architecture or equivalent, Minimum 2:1 or equivalent

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, also Photoshop preferable; plus REVIT is essential.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external clients, both verbally & in writing with the confidence to engage with a variety of people (clients, colleagues, stakeholders and sub-contractors alike) and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss technical issues and capture feedback
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, with ambition and drive
  • Ability to structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole
  • Ability to work in a team and independently without losing initiative & focus.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Ideally a full Driving licence to attend site where public transport is not available and also to transport equipment where necessary.
  • Those working in the Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast office will be required to obtain UK government security clearances.

Applicants should provide a cover letter outlining dates available, eligibility to work in the UK and why they feel their skill set meets the requirements of this role. We would also like to see a portfolio.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Please include a CV, Portfolio & Covering letter with your application and provide all predicted and/or obtained academic grades.

The successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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London, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast

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Preferred Degree Subjects

Architecture and Town planning



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