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What is an Architectural Technologist?

The working life of and Architectural Technologist encompasses a diversity of roles and responsibilities. Essentially, we look after the technological and scientific elements of architectural design. This is an important part of the architectural process, and frequently means working alongside other architects, construction specialists and other charter disciplines to complete a development project.

Architectural Technologists are called upon for technical advice and design concepts in projects of all sizes, from domestic extensions through to large public buildings such as shopping centres, airports and sports stadiums.

The key difference between an architectural technologist and another architect is our focus on the practical, scientific elements of design. To illustrate this distinction, we sometimes like to point out that while our architect colleagues are great at drawing building concepts, it is Architectural Technologists like us who do the sums and make sure the building will stand up in reality.

Our role in the British building industry

As technical specialists, the responsibility of Architectural Technologists is most focused in the design stage of a project. We are often called upon to work out the technical feasibility of an architectural concept, and find ways to make it work in practice.

On any given project relating to the built environment, you can find architectural technologists involved in the following roles:

  • Creating technical project briefs and design analyses.
  • Working in close conjunction with other chartered professionals, including architects and designers.
  • Giving advice to clients on contractual issues and project procurement.
  • Advising on health and safety procedures within a build
  • Creating technical drawings and documentation as part of the overall planning and design stage.

About the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the UK’s professional regulating body to whom all companies of architectural technologists are accredited. Like many other chartered institutes, CIAT ensures the maintenance of impeccable design standards and best practice across the industry. Working with our partners in the Institute, we have a share in promoting high-quality technical expertise and design standards across the British construction sector.

The Institute is responsible for qualifying all Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT), as well as accredited Architectural Technicians (TCIAT). Every one of our team has achieved a CIAT certified level of professional architectural training in their chosen field of expertise.

Architectural design experts you can rely on

Since our company was founded in 2006, we have worked on a wide range of design commissions on both residential and commercial properties across the south-east of England. This includes work on housing projects in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London. We combine more than three decades of technical architectural design experience to make us a partner you can rely on when undertaking a new build or extension project. Give us a call at our Ashford office on (01233) 627735, or send us a message at info@arch-tech.co.uk

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