Architect, architectural technologist or architectural technician?
When working on a design project you might end up speaking to an architect and/or an architectural technologist, and a architectural technician - although they sound similar they have very different roles in the design process.
Architects are required to obtain two degrees and be approved by RIBA, The Royal Institute of British Architects - a process that takes seven years in total to complete. The Architects Registration Board (ARB) stipulates that members must hold adequate insurance in order to practice which protects the interests of members of the public. Architects are able to offer 'full services' from concept design to detailed construction drawings and specifications but can also administer the contract between client and builder throughout the construction phase.
Architectural technologists ensure that the technical aspects of a design work and comply with regulations. Architectural technologists will likely have studied a three year degree approved by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
Architectural technicians provide a supportive role to the architect, preparing drawings, compiling information and help to put together proposals. Technicians will typically have studied an HND/HNC before securing an apprenticeship. With further study, they can become technologists.
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