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Adams Kara Taylor

Adams Kara Taylor is a design-led practice of structural and civil engineers. Its work will be suited to graduates who are interested in many aspects of design, including visionary architecture, advanced geometry, sustainability and new technologies.

AKT has the reputation of being one of the most forward-thinking practices in the industry. The office is made up of small flexible groups to ensure that graduates are supervised by excellent and experienced engineers. All graduates are assigned a mentor to oversee their professional development and progression towards chartered status.

For examples of Adams Kara Taylor's projects, which range from sculptures to entire new university campuses, visit

25 days holiday

36 languages spoken in the office

2007 graduate intake: 10 structural and 3 civil engineers

Training schemes to become chartered with ICE and IStructE

Mentors assigned to all graduates

Competitive salaries and performance-related annual bonus

Contributory pension scheme

Friendly and sociable working environment

Location: London, Croydon, Stevenage, Southampton and Norwich


Graduate profile Jeremy Gilmore

Jeremy was 22 when he graduated from Warwick University with a MEng in Civil Engineering. After some time out travelling, he applied to AKT, who invited him in for an interview. "I saw immediately that this was the kind of place that I wanted to be working," he rememberes.

"From my work experience I knew that I did not want to be working on standard, everyday kind of buildings. I could see at once that AKT worked on high-profile and challenging projects, definitely the kind of work that I was looking for. I looked around the office and I liked the whole vibe, it is a young company, there was a real buzz and a good feel about the place."

Jeremy joined the AKT team working on the design of a 007 film set. "It was a great first project," he says, "A huge steel structure, a brilliant thing to start my career. Now I am working on the detailed analysis of a 13-storey hotel and apartment building."

Jeremy is in the process of signing up to the IStructE graduate scheme, with a view to becoming a chartered engineer, and says that AKT is backing him all the way. "I'd say that this firm is about much more than just the engineering side of things - the social side has been ideal too," he says. "I went on an office surfing trip soon after I started here, about 30 people took part. It's softball season at the moment, so we are playing local architectural firms at softball in the park."

Graduate profile Jugatx AnsoteGui

Jugatx, from the Basque region of Spain, first heard about AKT when she was a student at the University of Bath, studying for her MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering with Architecture. Jugatx (nicknamed YoYo by her friends and colleagues) went along to a lecture given by AKT and was blown away. "I liked the type of jobs they were doing, and the architects they were working for. So I thought that I would apply," she says. "They said 'come in for an interview.'"

Later on in the year, AKT offered YoYo a job. "I didn't think twice about it," she says, "and I certainly don't regret it! I started off on a refurbishment of a private house in Notting Hill, which includes inserting a basement swimming pool. It is a complex project, because it is a very tight site."

From digging underneath Notting Hill, YoYo has moved on up to joining the design team for a 58-storey tower in Manchester. "At the moment I am working on the 3-D model of the tower," she explaines. "I'm looking at the wind loads and deflections at the top of the tower. I like going along to the meetings with the architect to discuss ideas and find solutions."

"There have been a lot of design meetings with the architects, the service engineers, the project manager and us. I really like it when they bring in all the individuals from all the disciplines that are working together to design the project." YoYo could not be happier working at AKT. "We work in small teams," she explaines, "and always guided by an associate or director. Everyone has time for you. I have a mentor to help me work towards ICE chartership, with reviews every three months."

"AKT is a highly sophisticated firm of engineers, with lots of exciting projects," says YoYo. "It's a young practice," she concludes, "one that will design anything that interests them, from furniture to The British Pavilion for Expo 2010!"

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