Architectural Technology

Architect technologists turn architects’ designs into sustainable constructions. They are specialists in the technology of construction, selecting the best materials and processes for the project, identifying potential design issues and analysing architectural plans and drawings.

Practice Area Architectural Technology
What skills are required?
  • Creativity, art and design skills
  • Good written communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork and the ability to work with clients and other professionals
  • Maths and IT skills
  • An analytical mind with strong problem-solving ability
  • Strong planning and organisation skills
What qualifications are required?

Chartered architectural technologists will have completed a relevant degree and be able to demonstrate their experience as an architectural technologist. Architectural technology degree courses are available, and alternatives include part time study or apprenticeships.

Architectural technicians are not required to have professional or academic qualifications but may do so.

What is it like in practice? Chartered architect technologists often work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, liaising with architects, surveyors and other construction professionals. Chartered architectural technologists may be project managers, leading a project from inception to completion. The role can include selecting materials and processes, surveying sites, assessing environmental impacts and working with planning and building regulation and] other legislation. Architectural technologists often use specialist design software such as CAD and REVIT.
Work Environment Split between office and site work, meetings with clients and other professionals.
Employment opportunities

Employers include architect practices, property developers, construction firms and local government. Architectural technologists can also be self-employed.

Degree courses in architectural technology are available as well as apprenticeships.

More information

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Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc Building Surveying

MSc Building Surveying

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using visual intelligence to read and interpret plans, data, and designs.
  • Using science, technology and design in innovative ways, such as using VR to bring a design to life or researching alternative building materials

See more skills used by architectural technologists:

  • Project management
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Understanding how buildings are constructed and materials used in the process required