Graduate Sustainability Consultant, New York - Summer 2021 (4338)

Graduate Sustainability Consultant, New York - Summer 2021

From helping shape entire cities to adapting infrastructure to deal with the climate emergency, a career at Buro Happold presents the chance to make a difference. With a world class reputation, our creativity and our people have delivered positive change to clients, the environment, and communities alike. If you want to be part of something bigger, this is your chance.

Type of contract
Area of Expertise
Building Environment
Office / Project Location
New York
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We believe that radical ideas are needed to help reimagine the future of our built environment. A future that is both sustainable and equitable. We must realise this at a time of unprecedented change, complexity and intensity. This brings with it a great challenge, but also great opportunity. 

Our Sustainability & Analytics team has worked with some of the world’s most innovative clients and on the most sustainable and iconic projects, from the Eden Project (Cornwall, UK) to Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion (UAE) and NYC’s 80x50 Plan. Our current portfolio of work includes providing bespoke sustainability planning, zero carbon strategies, strategic consulting, etc. at the civic and corporate policy level, for master planning, building design and operations in the US and across the World. 

Our team is expanding due to development of strong relationships, an excellent reputation and a shift in emphasis within the market to demand more sustainability consulting input based on robust technical knowledge and analysis.

From helping shape entire cities to adapting infrastructure to deal with the climate emergency, a career at Buro Happold presents the chance to make a difference. With a world class reputation, our creativity and our people have delivered positive change to clients, the environment, and communities alike. If you want to be part of something bigger, this is your chance.

Establish A Sustainable Future

Buro Happold’s core offering of structural and MEP services, complemented by our suite of specialist services, enables us to push boundaries and achieve more. Our Sustainability & Analytics team represents key specialists at Buro Happold, and we collaborate across the US region in this team to gain breadth and depth across sectors, cities, and topics like net zero energy, embodied carbon, water conservation, zero waste, thermal comfort, and health and wellbeing. Our team are leaders in their respective topics, speaking at conferences like the AIA national conference, Greenbuild, and the international PLEA conference, and engaging in the industry with organizations like the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the International Passive House Association (iPHA), and the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF).


Be Stronger Together

About the Role

You will be technically and creatively challenged on projects that include design support and innovation, high-performance strategies, materials research, energy, carbon, water and waste analysis and modeling, etc.

You will work closely with sustainability and engineering staff to support presentations, analysis, and integrated design strategies. Teamwork and a collaborative approach are key, and the role requires strong communication skills and a passion to succeed with others. 

Be Challenged

With us, your preconceptions will be tested, your resilience built, and your career enriched. This role offers you the opportunity to engage in the following as related to projects:

  • Develop energy, carbon water and waste analysis, studying opportunities to reduce impact and resource consumption
  • Research of materials and innovative indoor air quality design strategies, both passive and active
  • Investigate preferred site strategies for stormwater management, external comfort, heat island reduction, improved air and acoustic quality, biodiversity and ecology, enhanced user experience
  • Assess renewable energy production feasibility and research viable technologies and available funding and incentive opportunities (e.g. solar PV, solar thermal, WTE, fuel cells)
  • Develop cutting edge design solutions which prioritize the efficient use of materials, energy and natural resources.
    • Assess feasibility of third-party rating tools and support in project guidance (e.g. LEED, WELL, Zero Carbon)
    • Under guidance of senior staff, represent Buro Happold externally
    • Ensure tasks are carried out within agreed deadlines and within budget & time allocated
    • Ensure senior staff are kept informed of work progress and any obstacles or opportunities

Be Respected 

We’ll help you meet your goals, respecting your ideas and fostering your creativity, collaboration and innovation. In return we ask you to bring the following: 

  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Mechanical, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or Architecture with a focus in sustainability
  • Coursework in Sustainability concepts (e.g. energy, carbon, water)
  • Coursework in HVAC design, heat transfer or thermodynamics
  • Experience using Revit is preferred
  • Graphic skills and experience using Adobe Creative Suite is preferred
  • Internship or co-op experience at engineering related firm with experience in building services design engineering with a mechanical and energy focus would be advantageous
  • Proven interest in the built environment
  • Ability to communicate thoughts and technical ideas in an accessible manner
  • Eagerness to learn and work as part of a multidisciplinary team

Be Proud 

  • At Buro Happold, you’ll work with some of the brightest minds in the industry, contributing to unique and innovative projects that inspire awe, transform communities and help to combat climate change
  • Our strength is in our diversity, and you’ll join a team that thrives on openness, respect and collaboration. Your expertise will be recognized, your opinion valued, and your passions supported. You will be challenged, and you’ll also be supported to deliver your best, boldest and most creative work

 About our New York Office 

From the firm's early work on the renowned Genzyme Headquarters and iconic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, to the 3rd certified Living Building, the exceptional Energy Lab at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, to the recent completion of the ambitious Battery Park City’s Sustainability Plan and Green Guidelines, Buro Happold NY has been delivering high-performance buildings for over 25 years.

Our multidisciplinary engineering team works in a variety of sectors, including higher education, mixed-use and commercial buildings, cultural institutions as well as science and technology facilities. The team's deep bench of technical global knowledge coupled with their familiarity within the local landscape make them a trusted source for clients and collaborators.


Interested?  Intrigued?  Inspired?

Please apply online to be considered for this role. We are looking forward to your application!



Buro Happold is proud to be a practice of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the countries in which we operate.  In order to truly benefit from this diversity we must create an environment in which employees feel they can be themselves. Buro Happold actively promotes inclusivity across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential, feeling included is good for all of us. This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on your skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role. We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions.