What's Involved

As an Architectural Technician you would be preparing drawings, collecting and analysing information for projects, creating plans and developing specifications for construction work using computer aided design (CAD) and traditional drawing methods. 

As an Architectural Technologist you would use a wider range of skills. You could negotiate the construction project and manage the whole process from conception to completion. Typical tasks include assessing clients' needs, collecting and analysing technical data, advising on legal requirements, advising on materials and carrying out land and building surveys. 

Skills Required

You will need to be creative, imaginative and have the ability to visualise in 3D. You will need to have good drawing skills and possess an effective understanding of IT as you will be required to use software such as AutoCAD. You will also need to have good analytical skills, be good at problem solving as well as the ability to work in a team.

Qualifications Required

Architectural Technicians will need to have a BTEC HNC/HND in Architectural Technology, Construction or a related subject. A foundation degree in a subject such as Architectural Technology would be beneficial. Architectural Technologists need an Honours degree in Architectural Technology or an industry related degree.

It may be possible to gain qualifications on the job. Once you are working in a related area, you may then take one of the above qualifications  on a part-time basis.

Salary Ranges

Architectural Technologists can start at £25,000 and Architectural Technicians can start at £18,000. With experience, this could rise to between £30,000 and £50,000. (This information is intended as a guide to average salaries only.)

Progression Routes

You can progress to qualifying as a Chartered Architectural Technologist and a Professionally Qualified Architectural Technician. As an experienced Chartered Architectural Technologist you could set up your own practice or work as a consultant.