AECOM Principal Landscape Architect in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Business Line Environment

Position Title Principal Landscape Architect

United Kingdom - Cambridgeshire


Job Summary

We are currently seeking a Principal Landscape Architect to join and support the growth of our Environment team, based in Cambridge. As a member of one of the UK’s largest and most diverse landscape practices, you will take a lead on a range of large-scale projects, including strategic planning, major infrastructure, urban regeneration and environmental enhancement schemes. We will consider applicants with a wide range of experience but a proven track record in landscape planning (including LVIA and TVIA) and landscape management is desirable. This is an opportunity to join a team which is growing and with strong links across disciplines.

We are looking for an ambitious team player with strong technical skills who wishes to assist in the development of innovative, cost effective and buildable solutions in an environment that is collaborative, stimulating and challenging. The role would suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a dynamic team. The role is based in Cambridge but will support the wider team, principally across the south-east of England but also nationally and so some travelling between offices will be expected.

The landscape architecture discipline within our environment business numbers around 35 and contributes to a wider landscape practice of around 100 staff across the UK and Ireland. The Cambridge office is located in peaceful, leafy surroundings close to Churchill College on the western edge of the city. The office supports a range of sectors, such as health care, education and transportation with major clients including the University of Cambridge and the Ministry of Defense. The environment and planning team comprises a group of directors and senior specialists in landscape architecture, EIA, ecology, planning, water resources and ground engineering. Other key disciplines comprise project management, cost consultancy and various aspects of engineering.

We have an impressive portfolio of major national and international infrastructure projects. A selection of our current and recent projects includes:

  • Townscape and visual impact assessments for various major regeneration schemes across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

  • Landscape and visual impact assessments for major infrastructure schemes, including HS2 Phase 2B.

  • Regeneration plan for the renovation of Crystal Palace Park, London.

  • Long-term management of habitats at sites across the UK on behalf of the Environment Agency, including the flagship Jubilee River scheme.

  • Green Infrastructure strategy and landscape masterplan for a new garden suburb at Fareham, Hampshire.

  • Independent assessment of trees and shrubs to be provided to the HS2 project at nurseries and on site.

  • Heritage and character assessments to support neighbourhood plans across England.

  • River restoration schemes across north London and Hertfordshire.

  • Landscape and visual appraisals to support site allocations for new urban extensions on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency

Job Responsibilities:

The appropriate level of technical expertise is required in order that the job / project accountabilities listed below can be carried out to the necessary standard:

  • Direct project management responsibilities, including contractual, financial and programme management.

  • Establish strong working relationships with other members of the landscape team and internal teams across the business.

  • Develop and manage the work of others, including as a line manager and P2C mentor.

  • Secure and deliver new work by forming and maintaining excellent relationships with external clients.

  • Clear communication, including the ability to write concise technical reports and to lead conference calls, meetings and workshops.

  • Produce or oversee the production of drawings and other technical documentation using appropriate software, with the necessary level of detail as required at various stages of development: strategies, conceptual design, detailed design and production information.

  • Have the technical ability, knowledge and competence to provide guidance to teach and develop junior staff.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and iteratively within a multi-disciplinary design team.

  • Be aware of and understand the AECOM procedures, their importance and their application to projects.

Minimum Requirements

  • Substantial post Chartership experience.

  • Technically competent in preparing landscape and/or townscape and visual impact assessments and appraisals and evidence base documents to support development plans and policies in accordance with best practice.

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the UK legal and planning system with respect to landscape architecture.

  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively.

  • Experience of managing projects, including financial control and reporting and programme management.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications.

  • The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the landscape profession and be fully conversant with AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Cloud software.

  • Experience of some or all of the following is also highly desirable: ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civils 3D, Revit, LSS or ProjectWise.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute.

  • BA or BSc (Hons) in a landscape architecture related discipline.

  • MA or MSc in Landscape Architecture (desirable but not essential).

What We Offer

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.


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Job Category Architecture and Design

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 156250BR