Architectural technicians specialise in the application of technology in architecture.
The Role
  • Specialising in the research of products, processes, legislation and technology, as well as detailing, designs and drawings.
  • Collating and organising technical information
  • Investigating technical information and factors that affect developments, including user needs, site and building surveys and regulatory requirements
  • Monitoring health and safety in design
  • Preparing regulatory applications
  • Preparing design proposals using CAD and traditional methods
  • Contributing to the detailed design process and coordinating detailed design information
  • Preparing specifications for construction work
  • Preparing drawings, plans and documents for statutory approvals
  • Contributing to design stage risk assessment
  • Making site visits
  • Obtaining tenders for construction work
  • Contributing to meetings and document preparation
  • A work week is usually around 40 hours, but this can include unsocial hours, particularly when approaching deadlines.
  • Newly trained Architectural Technicians can earn in the region of £20,000 - £26,000
  • Trained with experience Architectural Technicians can earn in the region of £26,000 - £35,000
  • Senior Architectural Technicians can earn in the region of £35,000 - £48,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
To become an architectural technician you can complete a HND or foundation degree in architectural technology or in another built environment subject. In Scotland you could study for an approved Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) and qualify as an architectural technician. Check that the course programme has CIAT approval. Entry requirements for HNC and HND courses vary from 1 to 2 Highers plus subjects at Standard grade or National 5. Passes in English, maths and a science subject may be required. Holders of appropriate degrees, HND or HNC qualifications can go on to become fully qualified Chartered Architectural Technologists. Other trainees may first qualify as an architectural technician as part of their progress to full chartered status.