Architectural TechnologistJob Description:
Architectural technologists manage all stages of the technical design and planning process of building projects.Job Category:
What you will do:
- assess clients’ needs and plan work
- collect and read technical data
- create building plans using CAD software
- check construction plans for possible design problems
- lead the design process and team
- advise clients on environmental and legal regulations
- manage contract bids and tenders
- advise clients on the construction team, building materials and processes to use
- check progress and inspect completed building work
- advise and report on the maintenance and future use of completed building work
- design skills and knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can improve your job prospects by taking a foundation degree, degree or master’s qualification in architecture.
Some courses may include a 12-month industry placement. This is a good way to get practical experience and make contacts, which may help when looking for work.
You could take an apprenticeship. This will give you some of the relevant skills and knowledge to work towards this role. Apprenticeships include:
- Digital engineering technician advanced apprenticeship
- Construction design and build technician higher apprenticeship
- Design and construction management technician degree apprenticeship
Employers may take you on as a trainee if you have done well in subjects like maths, science, IT and technology at school.
They may accept equivalent qualifications in engineering or construction, for example a Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. Courses in 3D design could also be useful.
To become an Architectural Technologist in the UK, certain GCSE subjects are not mandatory, but specific subjects can be beneficial in providing a foundation for the necessary knowledge and skills in this field. Here are some GCSE subjects that could be helpful:
- Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are essential for calculations, measurements, and technical aspects of architectural design.
- Design and Technology (or Resistant Materials): This subject can provide insights into design principles, technical drawing, and hands-on skills related to building materials and construction.
- Physics: Physics can provide an understanding of structural principles, building materials, and the behavior of forces in architectural design.
- Art and Design: Artistic and creative skills are valuable for developing architectural drawings and visualizations.
- English: Good language and communication skills are important for understanding project briefs, preparing reports, and working in a team.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Knowledge of ICT can be beneficial for using computer-aided design (CAD) software commonly used in architectural practice.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typical working hours consist of 43-45 hours of work a week. You may have to work in the evening and you could work away from home.
You could work on a construction site, in an office, at a client’s business or at a client’s home.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience you could move into management, work as a consultant or set up your own practice. You could also work in universities or research.