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AECOM Principal Lighting Designer in Bristol, United Kingdom

Company Description

Work with Us. Change the World.

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Job Description

We are currently recruiting for Principal Lighting Designer , to be based in the UK.

AECOM Lighting Design provides comprehensive lighting design services on a broad range of projects and sectors worldwide. We are looking for a self-motivated, ambitious and creative individual to work alongside our experienced lighting designers and engineers as part of independent projects as well as within a multidisciplinary environment.

You will work as part of our design team helping to produce and deliver lighting design packages including: reports, drawings, calculations and specifications. You will be knowledgeable of relevant industry standards and good practice and be able to implement applicable design criteria established by project leads through initiating and developing design drawings within the requirements. You will have the skills to lead a project from concept through to technical design and support commissioning and completion. Knowledge of daylight, dark sky and low carbon design are a plus.

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

A few projects the Lighting team are involved in include :

Serpentine Pavilion, London. Lighting design for a temporary feature pavilion in Kensington Gardens commissioned annually since 2000. Each year an internationally recognised architect / artist is invited to design and create their first built structure in England: the Serpentine Pavilion. Our role involves design collaboration to realise the diverse and innovative visions. The commissions have been awarded to creatives including: Sou Fujimoto (2013), Smiljan Radic (2014), Selgas Cano Architects (2015), BIG (2016), Francis Kere (2017), Frida Escobedo (2018) and Junya Ishigami (2019).

Dubai World Expo, UAE. Between October 2020 and April 2022, Dubai hosted the next World Expo. Bringing together more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitors, it will be one of the greatest shows on Earth. On a 438 hectare site, Expo provided visitors with the chance to see spectacular architecture, merge with global cultures, examine thoughtful and thought provoking exhibitions. Above all, visitors to the event were able to witness the very latest in thinking and technology all in one place and at one time. Our commission included the design of thematic futuristic public realm lighting to reinforce the Dubai Expo 2020 theme of ‘connecting minds creating the future’ across three thematic precincts including Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.

Rio Olympic Park and Venues, Brazil. The Olympic park was inspired by its dramatic natural setting and the energy and ambitions of Rio. It covers 300 acres and includes nine sporting venues with seating capacities from 5,000 - 16,000. It served as the Olympic Park for the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Our involvement started with the creation of a lighting masterplan, followed in later design stages by the design of TV broadcast and field of play lighting for the venues along with feature façade and landscape lighting.

Al-Janoub Stadium, Qatar. Constructed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar the 40,000-seat stadium features a retractable roof that can be rapidly deployed to help manage playing conditions and signature architecture designed by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid in collaboration with AECOM. Our commission included complex field of play and TV broadcast lighting, feature façade and VVIP hospitality lighting for the stadium along with landscape lighting for the 585,000 square metre sports complex surrounding the stadium.


  • A university degree in interior design, architecture or electrical engineering (A degree or certification in lighting is a plus).

  • Extensive experience in a lighting design consultancy in a similar position.

  • Professional lighting qualification and membership held or ability to obtain

  • Be able to use lighting design and calculation tools: DiaLux, AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch-up, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and Microsoft Office.

  • Knowledge of other graphic and visual design tools are a plus

  • Knowledge of Rhino, 3DS Max and other three dimensional design tools are a plus

  • You will be a results driven and motivated individual with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels.

Additional Information


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 $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. 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.

ReqID: J10100639

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Design

Work Location Model: Hybrid