Senior Designer or Associate, Melbourne

About Atelier Ten
Atelier Ten, a global sustainable design consultancy, seeks a sustainability professional with experience managing complex projects and savvy clients. Depending on experience, this position could be a Senior Environmental Designer or an Associate level role. The role will be located in Melbourne with flexible work from home options. Atelier Ten are committed to diversity and fostering an environment of inclusion. We seek applicants from all backgrounds, including those underrepresented in our industry, to ensure we get the best, most innovative talent on our team. Please note that you do not need to meet 100% of the role description to apply.

Atelier Ten has offices in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, operating as a single business with two locations, with projects and teams working across geographic locations. We are a member of the Surbana Jurong Group and have local sister companies such as SMEC and Robert Bird Group, with whom we liaise on project and business development endeavours. Atelier Ten, together with its sister companies and the Surbana Jurong Group, are committed to catalysing the transition to a regenerative future.

We have a diverse team of talented, thought-leading, experienced sustainable designers focused on shaping a more sustainable future for our clients and the planet. Many of our team are active in professional organisations and are involved with studios and lecturing at local universities.

About the role
This is a full time or part time (preferably 80% or more) role in our Melbourne office, working with our team of environmental designers. Ideally you will spend at least 3 days in the office per week to be accessible to junior staff. You will get to work on a range of innovative and exciting projects ranging from education, commercial and mixed use, institutional, masterplans, and more. You will work directly with clients, architects, engineers, and other consultants to provide analyses and recommendations that drive design decisions and enable projects to meet challenging sustainability targets. Your work will inform building design teams on strategies for energy conservation, carbon emissions reductions, net zero buildings, thermal comfort, and more.

You will be responsible for managing complex projects with exemplar sustainability ambitions. You will coordinate with client and design teams, develop work plans and project budgets, scope out and delegate tasks, provide QA support, and train junior staff. You can expect to develop sustainability visions, identify and recommend appropriate initiatives, integrate them into master plans and building designs, and administer benchmarking tools such as Green Star, Living Building Challenge, NABERS, and WELL. You will provide peer review support, mentor junior team members, and may have the opportunity to directly manage staff. You will be part of a dynamic, and growing team, working with colleagues in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as with teams in our offices in Asia Pacific, UK, USA, and elsewhere.



  • Manage large and complex sustainable building projects with support from senior staff, including managing clients, work plans, budgets, and junior staff contributions
  • Coordinate and liaise with design teams and clients throughout all stages of project design and delivery
  • Independently scope, resource, and delegate analysis tasks such as daylight, energy, thermal comfort, etc., with support from Practice Leads
  • Benchmark against green building certification programs like Green Star, Living Building Challenge, WELL, NABERS and others
  • Develop sustainability visions and strategies, make recommendations for integration, and communicate sustainability concepts to a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Lead and facilitate meetings and workshops with project teams to guide the development of sustainability vision and strategy
  • Provide QA support and peer review

Business & technical development

  • Contribute to Atelier Ten’s visible leadership through client engagement, industry events and social media
  • Scope out and develop fee proposals and assist with other business development activities
  • Contribute knowledge and develop local expertise within the design Practices (centres of excellence for internal technical & consulting skills)


  • Represent Atelier Ten in the industry and within professional organisations
  • Directly manage 1+ staff members and mentor them on career progression
  • Guide junior staff in technical tasks and consulting skills development

Necessary Qualifications

  • Degree in a field related to engineering, architecture, and/ or building science
  • 7+ years’ total professional experience in ESD, including 2+ years experience managing projects
  • Experience scoping and managing technical analysis work, including interrogating results
  • Demonstration of leading projects to successful Green Star rating achievement
  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Appropriate work visa status

Desired Qualifications (not required)

  • Accreditation in Green Star, LEED, WELL, ILFI, NABERS, Passivhaus or other sustainability benchmarking tools
  • Active leadership role in a relevant industry organisation, e.g. AIRAH, APHA, GBCA etc.
  • Experience and proficiency in environmental analysis tools such as Ladybug Tools, IES VE, or others.
  • Team (people) management or leadership experience
  • Professional organisation affiliation or commitment
  • Business development experience
  • Public speaking experience
  • Teaching experience

Who are you?
We are looking for someone with 5-10 years of Australian consulting experience in sustainability, including experience leading projects and coordinating with clients. You also have experience with some aspects of building physics, performance analysis, and benchmarking tools. You have an all-rounder’s understanding of holistically sustainable buildings and places. You look ahead and see design problems before they arrive, solving them collaboratively, collegially, and forthrightly. You are an effective communicator, especially of the opportunities you see and the analyses you undertake to test and validate your ideas.

You are proactive, self-motivated, a team player, and comfortable taking ownership of your work. You get excited about learning new things and enjoy sharing your skills and knowledge across the company. You are dedicated to professional service and are willing to help train a new generation of sustainability-minded professionals and business leaders. You generate enthusiasm for project sustainability ambitions with clients and the project design team. You have your colleagues’ backs, and you bring smiles to their faces.

What we offer
In return for your expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment, you will get:

  • Exciting project work with substantial opportunities to shape and influence a regenerative, more sustainable built environment
  • A supportive environment with senior leaders open to new ideas and your input
  • A competitive salary
  • Flexible work arrangement opportunities
  • Collaboration with local and global colleagues within Atelier Ten and the Surbana Jurong Group.
  • Opportunities for career growth within ANZ region and in global business
  • Enthusiastic workmates and insightful mentors in both business and sustainability realms
  • Responsibilities within Atelier Ten’s technical practices, thought leadership, and business

Perhaps most importantly, you will get the freedom to contribute ideas and play an active part in the design and delivery of the built environment projects you work on. You will make a genuine difference, proactively, in a way that’s not always possible in other roles.

Next steps
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in .pdf format to Please reference “Melbourne Senior Designer / Associate role” in your subject line. No recruiters and no phone calls, please.