10TH August 2021

Sustainability Graduate

10TH August 2021


The Role

ADP is committed to driving change to address both the climate and biodiversity crisis, while creating high quality architecture and places that evoke joy. Our key principles of Sustainability, Belonging and Engagement capture ambitious targets aligned with the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) and the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, providing the necessary rigour to accelerate transition to net zero carbon ahead of the UK Government’s 2050 target.

To assist with delivery of these ambitions we are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate graduate with skills in sustainability and building physics, to form part of our expanding environmental team and to collaborate with our architectural teams on an exciting range of projects across the UK. Ideally, we will be using the Government’s Kickstart Scheme to support this role (a link to further information is provided at the end of this document).

We are looking for someone with an enquiring mind and the ability to challenge and inform the design process. The role provides an opportunity for growth and development in an energetic and progressive practice where sustainable and regenerative design form the core values shaping our projects.

Our priority for the position is to develop Passivhaus modelling and embodied carbon analysis (One Click) to drive our projects and sustainability agenda forward. This will be supplemented by supporting our environmental team in providing consultancy services including BREEAM and circular economy strategies.

We are open to candidates from a broad range of disciplines, with different knowledge and interests to complement our architectural skillset and have therefore identified a range of interests and knowledge that could be included. For example, a Building Surveyor graduate, with understanding of life cycle costing analysis and knowledge of BREEAM would be able to support refurbishment and retrofitting projects in addition to working with our BREEAM team.


  • Degree or Masters level in one of the following: Architectural Technology, Architectural Engineering, Environmental Design and Engineering, Building Services, Building Surveying or similar relevant degree.

Key Areas of Interest and Knowledge

  • Sustainable design with interest in a range of areas including: building physics and passive design, operational energy, sustainable materials, whole life carbon and the circular economy.
  • Whole life carbon analysis and understanding of One Click LCA or similar software. Life cycle carbon costing is highly desirable.
  • BREEAM and understanding of other environmental assessment methodologies such as WELL or SKA.
  • Thermal bridge and moisture analysis i.e. WUFI.
  • Passivhaus and ideally experience in PHPP.
  • The ideal candidate should have understanding of the construction process from concept to handover and demonstrate genuine interest in sustainability and zero carbon building design.
  • LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative) and RIBA Climate challenge targets.
  • Production or understanding of Sustainability Strategies for planning applications and Greater London Authority (GLA) requirements, including whole life carbon assessments and circular economy assessments.
  • Daylighting analysis.

Further Areas of Knowledge/Skills

  • Building performance simulation and energy related modelling work.
  • Knowledge on passive design, façade performance, shading, daylighting, renewable energy technologies and demand side response.
  • Understanding and experience of Revit.
  • On site experience to improve knowledge and understanding of the construction process.

Role to Include:

  • Working collaboratively with sustainability and architectural colleagues across 7 UK studios.
  • Developing concept analysis and outputs through optimum sustainable material palette strategies, One Click and PHPP modelling.
  • Contribute to Sustainability Statements for planning, compliancy and project reports, including; overall sustainability strategy, whole life carbon, circular economy and BREEAM.

About ADP

With eight studios across the UK, Cyprus and India, and over 50 years’ history, ADP is in the UK’s top 40 architecture practices. We design around the principles of sustainability, belonging and engagement, rethinking the built environment to create a better future.

ADP is an employee-owned practice – meaning that all staff have a say in how the business is run, and everyone benefits from its success. We know that a healthy work/life balance is key to success: previous practice and studio events have included staff barbecues, archery, and a Christmas party at Spanish City in Whitley Bay following our award-winning restoration project. In addition to other benefits, all staff have flexible working hours, with the option to take a three-day weekend every fortnight.

We’re an equal opportunities employer and a “Gold”-standard Investor in People – reflecting our belief that it takes a people-centred practice to create people-centred architecture. Diversity is at the heart of our success, and we welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply and meet the Kickstart criteria (details can be found here) please send your CV and examples of your work to careers@adp-architecture.com.

Please include ‘Sustainability Graduate’ and the studio you’re interested in working in as the subject line.