Environmental Design Analyst


Date Posted



Architecture September 18, 2018 Metrolinx Toronto, ON, Canada

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  • Conduct research and simulation on the energy, thermal, solar, daylight and airflow
    aspects of the built environment.
  • Advise and support design teams on the integration of environmental design
    concepts and the assessment of building performance.
  • Liaise with other members of the team towards the integration of energy
    efficient/low carbon solutions in shaping architectural form and guiding the
    environmental system design.
  • Work with cost consultant to undertake cost benefit analysis of different
    sustainable strategies and advanced system options to recommend the optimal
  • Support design teams in the use of environmental simulation tools.
  • Devise methodologies for analysis and visualisation of specific environmental
    design problems.
  • Present analysis results in the form of reports and presentation to clients and
    design teams internally.
  • Thorough knowledge of and compliance with Foster + Partners procedures and
  • Contribute, or otherwise assist, as required.

Qualities and skills required

  • Able to demonstrate ability to undertake the above responsibilities
  • Legally able to work in the country in which the position is based
  • Significant experience in a related field
  • Undergraduate degree in an Engineering or Architectural related field and/or
    Masters degree in Environmental Design or equivalent relevant experience
    Chartered or pursuing chartership to a professional board (C.Eenv, C.Eng, MCIBSE,
  • Advanced level in IES and/or Energy Plus
  • Proficiency in using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) suites would be
  • Advanced experience in carrying out detailed energy/ carbon simulations and
    analysis following the “ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G” and “Part L” approach
  • Thorough understanding of bioclimatic, low-energy and passive design of buildings
  • Thorough understanding of HVAC building systems
  • Excellent knowledge of Low and Zero Carbon technologies and their application to
    the built environment
  • Capability to resolve environmental problems using building physics as a basis
  • Understanding of Environmental Assessment procedures (BREEAM, LEED etc)
  • Good understanding of application and integration of renewable technologies.
  • Proficient in Computer Aided Design and 3D modelling, preferably Revit and/or
    Microstation, Rhino, etc
  • Good programming skills (e.g. Python, C++)
  • Ability to disseminate research knowledge to the Practice
  • Enthusiasm to pursue Environmental Design and Analysis as the central part of the
    individual’s career development


  • Very Good to Excellent Graphic skills
  • Experience in the use of the following tools/ software packages: Grasshopper,
    Radiance, eQuest, InDesign, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Professional accreditation preferred in one or more of the following:LEED,
    BREEAM, WELL, Estidama, GSAS etc.
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Able to demonstrate initiative and a proactive approach to daily tasks
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Able to manage sensitive and sometimes confidential information
  • Self motivated and able to take responsibility
  • Able to manage and prioritise tasks and time efficiently
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to work independently and as part of an
    effective team
  • Flexible attitude
  • Able to build relationships at all levels, internally and externally

This description reflects the core activities of the role but is not intended to be all-inclusive
and other duties within the group/department may be required in addition to changes in
the emphasis of duties as required from time to time. There is a requirement for the post
holder to recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work. Job descriptions will be
reviewed regularly and where necessary revised in accordance with organisational needs.
Any major changes will be discussed with the post holder.