Architectural Technologist

Architectural Technologist Job Description

Architectural Technologists Are Specialists In The Science Of Architecture, Building Design And Construction. They Work Closely With Architects And Help To Turn The Architect's Concept Into Reality In The Completed Construction.

Concerned With The Technical Side Of Design, They Ensure That An Attractive Functional Building Performs Successfully. They Make Sure The Right Materials Are Used And That Building Regulations Are Met. They Also Monitor Quality Assurance, Costs And Deadlines And Will Help To Lead Projects From Conception Through To Completion.

Architectural Technologists Can Work Towards Becoming Chartered, Which Allows Them To Open Up Their Own Practice.

Architectural Technologist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • contributing to planning applications and other regulatory application procedures;
  • assessing what surveys (e.g. land surveys) are required before work can commence and ensuring such surveys are undertaken and their results fed into the project;
  • meeting with other professionals and clients at an early stage to agree on the project brief;
  • understanding how the design aspects of a construction project influence and relate to performance and functional issues so that practical questions can be addressed at the outset;
  • evaluating and advising on environmental, legal and regulatory issues;
  • liaising with appropriate authorities (e.g. planning enquiries and building inspectors) when producing documentation for statutory approval;
  • producing, analysing and advising on detailed specifications for suitable materials or processes to be used;
  • obtaining feedback from clients and people using the building and reporting on the performance of the contractors once the construction project is completed;
  • appraising the performance of buildings which are in use and producing maintenance management information;
  • evaluating and advising on refurbishment, re-use, recycling and deconstruction.
  • carrying out design-stage risk assessments;
  • administering contracts and project certifications;
  • developing project briefs and working on these as the project progresses;
  • preparing and presenting design proposals using computer-aided design (CAD) and traditional drawing methods;
  • leading the detailed design process and coordinating design information;
  • advising clients on procuring the best and most appropriate contracts for the work they are undertaking;
  • managing the work of trainee technologists and contributing to the overall running of business;

Architectural technologists' work is not only restricted to new build but also includes refurbishment, alteration and other construction projects.

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