Architectural technologist

Published on: 29 Sep 2009

They will have an in-depth knowledge of building regulations and legislation and are responsible for ensuring that the design of a building complies with these. A technologist will be responsible for producing the specifications used to construct the building.

A technologist can be responsible for conducting feasibility studies and working with the client to develop a detailed brief for the project, and will also be responsible for investigating how the building will perform and how various factors will impact on the design.

A technologist also has a central role to play in the management of a project, co-ordinating the design team, overseeing the construction schedule, helping to select materials and liaising with the various organisations that must approve the project.

They will also often oversee the tendering process, finding contractors and checking that what is being built complies with the design.

The professional body for architectural technologists is the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, which has more than 6,000 members. It is not compulsory to become a member, but many practices and clients will only use a CIAT chartered technologist.

Architectural technologists can practice independently or as an employee.

To qualify as a chartered architectural technologist you will need to complete an honours degree programme in Architectural Technology, which is a three or four year full time course. It is also possible to study part time.

There are currently 29 degree programmes accredited by CIAT. You will then need to complete a Personal and Occupational Performance record, which can take up to three years, and pass a professional practice interview.

An architectural technologist can expect to earn between £30,000 and £120,000 depending on experience and seniority.