Sustainability Engineering Lead

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Sustainability Engineering Lead

We are looking for a full-time sustainability specialist with strong leadership skills to join our team in Amsterdam (or Frankfurt)! Do you have relevant experience on project coordination and engineering, and 8+ years of experience on sustainability integration in building projects? Read on...

Full-time · Amsterdam/Frankfurt

As an international architectural firm, UNStudio is active in the broadest fields of architecture. Our project portfolio covers every aspect of architecture, ranging from small- to large-scale projects, research and theory. Our mission is to design for lasting impact and contribute to the societal challenges of urbanization, climate change, ageing populations and socioeconomic inequality. Driven by purpose and focused on solutions, we create value by designing for the implications of these megatrends on our built environment.

Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Dubai and Melbourne with over 300 staff from more than 27 countries. The atmosphere within each of them is international, multidisciplinary, design-oriented and ambitious, but also open, non-hierarchical, team-based and friendly, with attention to personal wellbeing, knowledge development and career planning.

The Position

We are currently searching for a full-time sustainability specialist with strong leadership qualities to spearhead our industry leading Sustainability Engineering working group in a structured way, ranging from theory and education to implementation on a project level. In Amsterdam or Frankfurt.

The group’s focus is on the implementation and the engineering of concrete solutions. You should therefore bring relevant experience on project coordination and engineering, which you will be able to apply to UNStudio’s key international projects.


In this role, your responsibilities will include managing our in-house knowledge, developing training programmes, conducting relevant R&D, and guiding internal consulting of projects. You will also be leading the development of workflows and tools (in collaboration with the Design Technology group) and verify these tools against relevant standards.

As we believe a life-cycle approach in decision-making is a key to our growth, you should have knowledge of Life cycle analysis for buildings (no LCA experience on product level – EPD – needed).

In a constantly changing environment, you should also be aware and stay up-to-date on current market needs, trends and the dynamic regulatory environment in the EU.

The Requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills with extensive coordination experience
  • Effective team leadership abilities
  • Able to intrinsically motivate other members to contribute
  • Proactive and self-motivated, with a continuous desire to both learn from and mentor others
  • Entrepreneurial drive and vision on integrated sustainability in architecture
  • 8+ years of experience on sustainability integration in building projects
  • Experience in coordination of non-standard buildings related to its specific sustainable solutions
  • Excellent in-depth technical knowledge, in line with relevant regulations and standards
  • Good understanding of computational tools in order to guide tool development
  • Certification as BREEAM/ LEED/ DGNB / WELL expert is a plus
  • Experience in Building Simulation is a plus
  • Willingness to travel internationally


We look forward to receiving your CV, portfolio and a short motivation letter via the 'Apply now' button below.

When you work for UNStudio

  • You have the opportunity to work on high profile challenging projects worldwide
  • You will be working in the city centre of Amsterdam, one of the world's most attractive cities
  • Research is an integrated and valued part of your daily work
  • You will have the opportunity to initiate and develop research projects with external companies and institutions
  • Your experience is highly valued, but your innovative and entrepreneurial attitude is ranked highest
  • You work in a young international team that is highly ambitious, collegial and social
  • You design through discovery
  • You work in a team that is made up of recently graduated architects, experienced senior architects and everything in-between
  • You learn on the job
  • You get as much creative freedom as you are willing to take
  • You find yourself in a responsible position as soon as you are ready
  • UNStudio never skips Friday Afternoon Drinks
  • Our annual Summer and Winter Events have become legendary