Architect - ESD Lead - National Architecture Practice

Are you passionate about addressing climate change through the built environment? Newly created position in the Melbourne studio of a leading national architecture practice to support the National Head of ESD in the delivery of the national strategy.
  • Salary: A$120,000-140,000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Sydney
  • Sector: Strategic Appointments
  • Job Ref: 54217

About this role

Our client is a leading National Architectural with a well established reputation for success across a variety of sectors. The ESD Consultant is a hands-on role which will provide support and advice to the studio in driving the Environmental Sustainable Design agenda so that this team can provide best practice sustainable design outcomes to reduce and mitigate both the embodied and operational carbon emissions from all projects.

The ESD Consultant will also support the National Head of ESD in the delivery of the national strategy by maintaining open national communication with the equivalent roles in other studios.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and improve the ESD processes to support a broad range of studio projects
  • To provide knowledge and understanding of the available Sustainability rating tools and software programs and their relevant project application and to identify the relevant training required to support their use across the Studios.
  • To give expert advice and advocate zero carbon strategies
  • To advocate for the studio's ESD credentials to new and existing Clients and at external events.
  • To provide early ESD advice on all stages of projects and provide project based ESD feedback as required.
  • Prepare energy efficiency studies and low carbon analysis
  • Support the input into Energy Rating tools
  • To monitor and understand the implications of the continually changing legislation and certification requirements


Knowledge and experience:

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills including the ability to explain complex technical issues to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience in sustainability, low-carbon and resource efficiency, climate change fields.
  • Strong design sensibility and experience in delivering integrated Sustainability Initiatives
  • Passion for Environmental and Sustainability issues
  • Experience in selecting sustainable materials
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to build effective relationships
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Adaptable and forward thinking
  • Has experience with, or a good understanding of relevant analytic tools and software


  • Degree in Sustainability
  • Architectural background

Misty Waters

Bio: Misty worked in her early career as a registered architect and then a practice manager. She brings over 18 years' experience within the industry. She has worked for small and large practices including eight years as practice manager at Bates Smart. She has used her extensive knowledge to advise and support leading firms and government agencies in Sydney on their recruitment requirements. Misty is now mainly focused on senior/ strategic appointments.

+61 (0)2 9212 0230

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