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Architectural technologist

Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture: a creative, innovative design discipline rooted in science and engineering.

The role

  • Specialising in the application of building science and the technology of architecture within construction projects
  • Produce, analyse and advise upon specification, the material selection and detailed design solutions in relation to performance and production criteria
  • Chartered Architectural Technologists are qualified to lead, negotiate and manage the development of all types of construction projects (domestic, residential, industrial, commercial, public/health sector or mixed use) from conceptual design to project completion. 
  • Lead projects on refurbishment and adaptation of use
  • Developing project briefs and design programmes
  • Advising clients on environmental and regulatory legal requirements
  • Managing health and safety
  • Liaising with and producing documentation for statutory approval authorities
  • Varied and diverse, but at the same time challenging and stimulating
  • Mainly office based while making regular site visits to ensure compliance with the project brief and that the necessary building standards are met
  • Projects can be national and international

Qualifications and training

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, MCIAT, you should study A/AS levels in England, Highers in Scotland, and the Leaving Certificate in Ireland or equivalent qualifications.

To start on a career towards becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist, you should enrol on a Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) Accredited Honours degree or equivalent qualification in Architectural Technology.

Alternatively, you can progress with an Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a built environment subject, or a HNC/D in a built environment subject.

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.


The Chartered Architectural Technologist (CIAT) is the qualifying body for Architectural Technology.

Becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist shows recognition of your knowledge and competence in Architectural Technology. This can enhance your career, boost your salary and allow you to run your own architectural practice.

To qualify as a Chartered Architectural Technologist there are two options available:

Option 1: Undertake the MCIAT Professional Assessment process. The Professional Assessment is a flexible qualifying system for those who are suitably experienced and/or specialise within Architectural Technology. It is a holistic self-assessment of your professional experience and it is your responsibility to demonstrate the required level of professional experience. Once the Professional Assessment application has been assessed and passed, the Professional Assessment Interview must also be undertaken and passed.

Option 2: Complete the Chartered Architectural Technologist Professional and Occupational Performance (POP) Record. The POP Record sets out the standards against which you must assess your own competence, with confirmation from a qualified professional, who will act as a Supervisor. Once this has been assessed and passed, you must pass a Professional Practice Interview.


  • Newly trained architectural technologists can earn in the region of £17,000 to £25,000
  • Trained with experience architectural technologists can earn in the region of £25,000 to £35,000
  • Senior or chartered architectural technologists can earn in the region of £35,000 to £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.




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