Architecture Graduate

How long: 4 years

Where: London/Hybrid
Up to 50% of time can be spent working from home over a 4-week period. Hybrid working arrangements may alter subject to business requirements.

The Architecture team operate a hybrid working model, we have dedicated discipline days in the office, and some days working from home. You will also go to construction sites and survey and inspect our existing buildings.

Salary: £28,500 rising to £30,000 in year 2

What you'll need

As a minimum, you'll need an ARB (Architect's Registration Board) prescribed Part 1 qualification or Part 1 equivalent as prescribed by the ARB with a 2:2 degree. Candidates in their final year of study will need to be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:2 in a degree prescribed by the ARB.

Candidates must not already hold or be working towards a qualification at the same level or higher in a closely related subject.

"The most rewarding aspect for me was seeing how our work directly improves (even in very small ways) the everyday lives and experiences of people living, working, and travelling throughout London"

What you'll be doing

As a graduate, your 4-year development programme will be made up of up of a number placement rotations. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career - as well as give you a chance to see how we work across each of the different transport modes and at different parts of the RIBA plan of work. We also understand that everyone's career is different, so every graduate's journey is unique. 

The scheme will require you to rotate between design teams working on different modes of transport (e.g.  London Underground, London Buses, etc.) You can also go onto placements in Major Projects - for example the Piccadilly Line Upgrade.  It will be essential that you do at least 1 year in total within an area where you can deliver a building design for the case study component of your RIBA Part III. You will also need to run a case study project under the supervision of your mentor.

The scheme will also be run alongside the Building Surveying apprenticeship programme.  We propose there will be shared events where the RICS and RIBA criteria align (eg inspecting buildings, writing specifications for repairs, etc.)

Where this career can take you

On completion of the scheme, you'll have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to undertake a role as an Architect within the Built Environment & Architecture team in TfL Engineering.

You could lead your own projects as an architect designer or as the client's architect. From here, there are routes within TfL Engineering to:

  • Senior Architect/Engineer
  • Senior Leader and Principal Architect/Engineer
  • As well as Project Engineering roles

Many great architects started their career in Local Government Architecture departments outside of TfL. The skills you've acquired as an Architect at TfL will be greatly sought after.