Architectural technology professionals (technicians and
technologists) interpret architects' designs and turn
them into detailed technical instructions for builders.
They may undertake a wide variety of work, including
domestic, commercial and industrial assignments, and
often follow projects through from initial idea to
Architectural technicians apply technology to building and design. They support technologists and other professionals, but cannot establish their own practice.
Their work involves collecting, organising and investigating technical information for use during project development. Technicians prepare drawings, plans and specifications for construction work, using computer aided design as well as traditional methods.
technologists have a broader range of skills than
technicians, and are involved in the management of the
process from design through to the completed
construction. They can work in their own practice.
Technologists negotiate and manage the development of the project, including assessing clients' needs, advising on legal requirements, producing surveys, and developing project briefs. They may manage the design process, leading the design team and advising on materials. They may also be involved in post construction work, including getting feedback from clients and appraising the performance of buildings.
Hours are normally 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday,
although overtime may be available depending on
Most of the work is office-based but some time may be spent visiting clients and sites. Site work may involve working outdoors in all weathers. Travelling to sites and meetings may mean spending extensive periods away from home.
As an architectural technology professional, you should:
Most are employed by architectural practices, central and
local government, housing associations, property
developers, commercial companies, and building and
construction organisations. A growing number are now
finding work within manufacturing and processing
Self-employment is popular, but normally only possible after gaining CIAT membership plus five years experience.
With experience, architectural technologists can be promoted to senior technical positions which may include responsibility for supervising staff. With experience, they can also work as a consultant, and there are some opportunities to work in universities and undertake research.
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