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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
The profession of Architectural Technology is both a creative and innovative and is essential to the design of buildings and structures.
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.
Chartered Architectural Technologists are recognised as being qualified to negotiate and manage the development of a construction project
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
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
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.
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Marc Churches is an architectural technologist with AWW Architects, who do master planning, interior design and architecture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the next 10 years I see myself as having a more senior role in the industry, hopefully becoming a chartered architectural technologist.
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.
Along with your core subjects of Maths, English and Science, relevant subjects include Art, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials, Information Technology and Design Technology.
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.
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.
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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The UK construction industry will need an additional 16,690 other construction professionals and technical staff (which includes architectural technologists) between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).