graduate scheme
Expires24 days

Graduate Consultant - Architectural Designer (Venues)

Job description

At Arup, we design and deliver ground-breaking iconic projects through our work across all aspects of the built environment. Independent in ownership and spirit, we're a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts who use our skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Our people are at the heart of our business and we pride ourselves in embracing the Arup values when dealing with both our colleagues and our clients.

Arup provides theatre and venue consultancy to arts, culture and entertainment clients around the built environment – for experiences, places, buildings and districts. Projects range from: school or community arts facilities, important in our local areas; to new-build and renovated international class theatres, studios and concert halls: to master-planning entire cultural districts. We guide projects from early strategic planning, through design, construction, commissioning and artistic operations to help our clients thrive in a changing world. We work closely with the community, public authorities, private organisations, operators, architects, engineers and theatre staff.

The Architectural Assistant will work within Arup's theatre / venue consulting team to undertake conceptual and technical design, provide high quality design information and support projects through construction, commissioning and early operation.

Are you interested in a career in architecture?

We are looking for an Architectural Assistant (Part II) to join our team of venues professionals in London and Winchester. From your first day, you'll join a community of experts, closely linked with our colleagues around the globe, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification.

Candidates should note that we are growing our teams elsewhere in the UK, and opportunities may be available to transfer to our Liverpool, Leeds or Manchester offices after an initial training period is complete.

You'll help us to deliver effective and professional services for varied and high-profile clients within the arts and culture sector. You will be engaged on a portfolio of projects from day one, working with different teams, ranging in scale and duration, and covering the entire design process from concept to in use.

Under the guidance of experienced practitioners, you will be expected to:

  • Conduct research and benchmarking for strategic planning and master planning studies.
  • Be involved in the design and technical aspects of projects and their graphic representation and documentation.
  • Prepare schematics, design development and construction documents
  • Collaborate with clients, project teams and stake holders, assisting to build consensus and facilitate decision making
  • Participate in design reviews

Arup offers
There are infinite possibilities when you join Arup. You'll receive all the opportunities that come with a challenging, fulfilling career, including:

  • A competitive salary and welcome bonus
  • Profit share scheme
  • A comprehensive package, including a flexible benefits fund and a generous pension
  • An interesting and varied workload where you'll make a tangible difference to the world
  • A collaborative, intelligent and friendly team in an excellent working environment
  • A challenging workload that will stretch your mind and make the most of your skills
  • The support you need to develop your career through professional accreditation and training

What we are looking for

We are looking for a motivated Architectural Assistant with a demonstrated interest in arts and culture, cultural sustainability and placemaking. Candidates should have curiosity, personal drive, and innovative thinking and be interested in working and sharing knowledge within a multi-disciplinary team in an energetic and fast-paced environment. Understanding and experience with diverse cultural contexts would be an additional asset.

We're looking for the following qualifications and skills:

  • Experience working in practice (experience at all RIBA stages will be desirable)
  • Experience of working in performing arts projects/ sector will be an advantage
  • Creative and innovative thinking with a keen eye for detail
  • Excellent visual and verbal communication. Ability to communicate ideas and concepts in a graphically engaging way. Proficiency in using Creative Suite (Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop)
  • Proficiency in use of 2D and 3D drawing packages (eg. AutoCAD, Rhino, Revit).
  • Ability to maintain personal effectiveness and team relationships to meet project demands in dynamic timeframes
  • Good time management and ability to work concurrently on multiple projects

Please note that we are unable to offer Tier 2 visa sponsorship for this role. Therefore you must ensure that you are eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship in order for your application to be considered.


Bachelor's degree in architecture (MArch or equivalent)

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Competitive salary

How to apply

Does this role sound of interest to you? Please find further information below:

  • Assessment centres will take place from December 2019, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible so you don't miss out on this exciting opportunity.
  • Our Graduate Welcome Week will take place in September 2020. Although we can be flexible on start dates we would hope that the successful candidate will join their peers for this event.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 15 November 2019

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Closing date:  15 November 2019

Expires24 days

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