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An architectural technologist turns an architect’s ideas into a real life building where everything works properly and safely.


Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

The profession of Architectural Technology is both a creative and innovative and is essential to the design of buildings and structures. 

What they do

Chartered Architectural Technologists can lead a project or be part of the team. You can set up your own practice, provide a full architectural design service and lead projects of all shapes and sizes from start to finish from new homes and hotels to shopping centres and football stadiums.

You will play a pivotal role in the construction process and be complementary to other Chartered disciplines in the built environment sector.

Project inception

Chartered Architectural Technologists are recognised as being qualified to negotiate and manage the development of a construction project

  • Assessing the needs of clients and users and agreeing the project brief
  • Recognising the significance of the design stage and how it underpins the construction project
  • Evaluating and advising upon environmental and regulatory legal requirements affecting the project and obtaining initial approvals
  • Producing and evaluating feasibility studies
  • Evaluating resources and assessing environmental impact
  • Assessing and managing survey requirements and producing surveys

Project planning

  • Developing project briefs and design programmes
  • Advising clients on methods of project procurement and forms of contract
  • Managing health and safety
  • Liaising with and producing documentation for statutory approval authorities

Design process

Chartered Architectural Technologists specialise in the application of building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. They are recognised as having specialist skills enabling them to manage the design process and use their technical knowledge and expertise to provide innovative solutions

  • Preparing and presenting design proposals using CAD techniques and traditional methods
  • Leading the detailed design process and co-ordinating detailed design information
  • Managing and co-ordinating the design team and associated professional consultants
  • Developing the project design, researching problems and producing, developing and advising upon innovative solutions
  • Producing, analysing and advising upon specification, materials selection and detailed design solutions in relation to performance and production criteria
  • Liaising with and producing documentation for statutory approval authorities
  • Producing, managing, controlling and integrating design and production information
  • Carrying out design stage risk assessments

Contract management

Chartered Architectural Technologists are recognised as being qualified to negotiate and manage all aspects of architectural and construction contracts, whether it is using traditional, partnering or other methods of procurement. Chartered Architectural Technologists recognise the significance of the post construction aspects of the project

  • Managing or co-ordinating associated professionals
  • Obtaining and evaluating tenders and agreeing contracts
  • Ensuring continual compliance with design, legal, statutory and professional requirements
  • Programming schedules and undertaking stage inspections
  • Administering contracts and project certification
  • Managing project handover
  • Gaining feedback from and de-briefing client and user
  • Appraisal of building performance in use and producing, developing and maintaining maintenance management information systems
  • Evaluating and advising upon refurbishment, repair, reuse, recycling and deconstruction of buildings

Professional practice

Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, are architectural professionals and may practise on their own account as a partner or director, and must adhere to a Code of Conduct

  • Providing professional guidance and decision making to clients, users and design/construction teams
  • Weighing up issues and making balanced judgements
  • If providing services directly to a client, obtaining and maintaining adequate mandatory Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)
  • Undertaking structured Continuing Professional Development (CPD

To become a Chartered Architectural Technologist, you should enrol on a CIAT Accredited Honours degree or equivalent in Architectural Technology. Alternatively, you can progress with an equivalent Honours degree in a built environment subject, or a HNC/D in a built environment subject.

Salary Range:

  • Newly trained architectural technologist's can earn in the region of £15,200 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience architectural technologist's can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Senior or chartered architectural technologist's can earn in the region of £35,000 - £50,000 with some earning up to £80,000 
  • Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
  • Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

Head to the Careers Explorer A-Z to get more information on all the construction vacancies on offer.

You can also take our Personality Quiz to find out which construction career is right for you.

Case Study

Marc Churches is an architectural technologist with AWW Architects, who do master planning, interior design and architecture.

How did you get started?

I enjoyed drawing so I applied for a job at a structural engineers’ doing drafting. They put me on an ONC course and I was there for five years before deciding it wasn’t quite what I wanted. Then I got into the architectural side of the construction industry with a small practice. I enjoyed the work and they put me on an HNC course. I did that for two years before moving on to a larger practice to develop my career as an architectural technologist. And that’s what I do today.

What’s your working day like?

Day-to-day I design buildings in coordination with the main architect on the project. My job is different to that of the architect, though. I take the architect’s design and make it buildable by looking at all the intricate details that we have to get right. I detail things such as windows, doors, internal and external works. I talk to the main contractor on site to make sure they’re building according to our details and other consultants’ details as well. It’s important to co-ordinate all the information from other consultants, subcontractors and other people working on the project.

Where are the projects that you work on?

Geographically I mainly cover the South West of England, although we cover most of the country as a practice. We’re now taking on really interesting work overseas in Nigeria, India and the Philippines.

What skills have you gained over the years? 

The main skill I’ve developed since starting my career is people management - in other words, how to get on with people. Client liaison is one big thing that I’ve become good at. It’s very important to know how to treat a client and to understand what they need. Other skills I’ve gained include construction detailing, which is a huge part of my job and one that has developed over the years. I’ve been learning since the day I started my career and there are new things coming through every day.

Any interesting experiences through your job?

Yes, the time I went to work in Germany sticks in my mind. We went to do building audits on office blocks. It was fascinating to see how the Germans look at buildings compared to how we do in the UK, and to compare their regulations with ours.

Where do you want your career to take you? 

In the next 10 years I see myself as having a more senior role in the industry, hopefully becoming a chartered architectural technologist.

A bit of advice for anyone thinking about a career in construction?

I’d really recommend working in our industry. There is a wide range of disciplines you can choose from and lots of fantastic opportunities are open to you.

Qualifications & Training

I’m choosing my GCSE subjects (or equivalent). What are my options?

Along with your core subjects of Maths, English and Science, relevant subjects include Art, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials, Information Technology and Design Technology.

What should I study once I have completed my GCSEs?

If your aim is to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist, you should study A/AS levels in England, Highers in Scotland, the Learning Certificate in Ireland or equivalent qualifications.

The subjects you choose should be relevant to Architectural Technology. Maths and Science subjects are useful alongside those more closely connected to the profession like Design and Technology.

To become a professionally qualified Architectural Technician, you can study a Higher Diploma, Foundation degree, an equivalent qualification in Architectural Technology or a similar subject.

I’m going to university, what should I study?

To become a Chartered Architectural Technologist, you should study an Honours degree programme, Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

Once you start a relevant course, you can apply to join CIAT as a Student member.

There are also opportunities to progress with equivalent qualifications in other built environment subjects and through non-Accredited courses.

What if I don’t want to study?

If you choose not to study to gain a formal qualification you can progress through experience and self – learning. CIAT recognises the value of work –based learning through work experience.

To learn more visit: http://www.ciat.org.uk/en/careers/where-to-start/qualifications/accredited/index.cfm

 

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