London or Edinburgh

This role is available for an immediate start. In addition to providing your CV, please apply with a conversational letter that tells us how your skills match our criteria.


An excellent opportunity is available to join the Light & Air team at Max Fordham as a Graduate Environmental Design Specialist, based in either our Edinburgh or London office.

You could become a leading environmental designer working on some of the most prestigious projects in the UK as well as farther afield. The work will typically comprise designing low/zero energy and daylight strategies for projects in the arts & culture sector as well as in workplaces and education.

You will learn to think about buildings in an integrated way as part of a team, considering materials, construction, form and energy consumption together and using the most sophisticated software tools available to advance sustainability in the built environment. Integrated thinking and a strong scientific basis will enable you to solve problems other approaches might not even find.  It’s an exciting and satisfying way to work.

The light & air team

The Light + Air team at Max Fordham differs from that of other lighting designers in that each member of our team is also trained in electrical engineering, environmental design and building physics. This training takes place in-house, creating an integrated understanding that considers the whole building. We deliver installations that work, with a focus on detail and finish.

Our portfolio of completed lighting projects includes the Twist in Kistefos, the Stirling Prize-winning Newport Street Gallery, Tate’s Britain and St Ives, the Museum at Silverstone and the Musée d’art de Nantes


The ideal candidate will be creative, with a background in environmental design, science, or engineering. The role requires a clear and self-assured communicator, with the ability to sketch as well as model projects, and competency in maths and physics.

It would be useful to have experience of using the following software, although training will be provided in the role.

  • CFD (we use Fluent and OpenFlow) for airflow analyses
  • Grasshopper/Labybug in Rhino for optimisation of building form and facades,
  • EnergyPlus or IES for energy analysis
  • Radiance or Vray for daylight modelling
  • 3ds Max for dynamic and VR simulations 
  • Life Cycle Analysis tools such as 1click LCA

If you have a relevant degree with a minimum grade of 2:1 or above, or equivalent, and you are curious about pushing the boundaries to make buildings more beautiful, work better and use less energy, then we would love to hear from you.


  • Excellent growth opportunities for your personal and career development in a knowledge driven environment
  • Mentored support towards professional accreditation
  • Interesting and technically challenging projects
  • An inclusive culture and cooperative environment
  • Opportunities for involvement in business-running activities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive pay and employee bonus
  • Future opportunities for Partnership
  • Six weeks holiday (including Bank holidays)
  • Max Fordham Pension Scheme
  • Other benefits include generous paid parental leave, sick pay, and treatment pay

Closing date: 5th December 2022

How to apply

This position is available for an immediate start.

If you are interested in working with us, we are keen to hear from you. In addition to providing your CV, please apply with a conversational letter that tells us how your skills match our criteria and your interests align with our vision of a beautifully engineered net zero carbon world.

Please use this link to apply.

If you have any additional queries, please contact Anya Hadden at