Design & planning

Architectural technologist

Architectural technologists manage all stages of the technical design and planning process of building projects.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 4% more Architectural technologist jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

Your day-to-day task might include:

  • assessing clients' needs and planning work 
  • collecting and reading technical data
  • creating building plans using CAD software
  • checking construction plans for possible design problems
  • leading the design process and team
  • advising clients on environmental and legal regulations
  • managing contract bids and tenders
  • giving advice to clients and the construction team on which materials and processes to use
  • checking progress and inspecting completed building work
  • advising and reporting on the maintenance and future use of completed building work


You can qualify as an architectural technologist by taking a degree approved by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

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.

It's possible to qualify as a chartered architectural technologist by studying courses that are lower than degree level, like foundation degrees or higher national diplomas in related subjects.

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree


You may be able to start an architectural assistant degree apprenticeship with a company.

This will usually take 4 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time studying at a university.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 A Level grades A to C and at least 5 GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including a minimum grade 6 (B) in English and maths


Employers may take you on as a trainee if you have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and 2 A levels, in subjects like maths, science, IT and technology.

They may accept equivalent qualifications in engineering or construction, for example the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Constructing the Built Environment. Level 3 courses in 3D design could also be useful.

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£20,000 to £60,000

Starter salary: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000

You may earn more if you're self-employed.

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although you may sometimes have to work extra hours to meet deadlines.

You’ll be mainly office-based, but you’ll also visit clients and construction sites. Travelling to sites and meetings may mean spending time away from home.

You may need to work outdoors in all weathers.

Once you have at least 2 years' work experience, you can work towards chartered membership of the CIAT (MCIAT).

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.

Any experience you have using computer-aided design or working in the construction industry can help you get into this career.

When you've completed an approved course you can apply for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. This allows you to complete the professional qualification stage of your training.

You'll find more details about becoming an architectural technologist through the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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