Working in an architectural practice an architectural technologist are involved in the design process from inception to completion, and with varying levels of input, depending on the technical challenges of each design stage. An architect frequently relies on the technician / technologist to develop planning application CAD drawings based on the architect's architectural design concept. The technician / technologist plays a leading role in developing the design to meet the detailed technical requirements of the building regulations and in preparing an application for a fire safety certificate. Technicians / technologists also play a leading role in developing detailed drawings for tendering purposes, and are actively involved in inspecting the works on site, playing a critically important co-ordination role between the design team and design sub contractors.

A typical architectural practice

Architectural technicians / technologists are involved in both office-based and site-based work. In the office they prepare technical drawings using both traditional drawings skills and 2D and 3D CAD working closely with the architect. They play a technical design role as the project design evolves, frequently working closely with the structural, mechanical and electrical engineers to ensure that these technical areas are successfully absorbed into the finished design. They play a central role in writing technical specifications and ensure that the drawings and specification are fully co-ordinated.

Following the appointment of the main contractor, the architectural technician / technologist again plays a crucial role in co-ordinating the ongoing building design process to reflect the input of specialist design sub contractors, and to respond to the many technical changes which are an inevitable feature of the complex process of building.

Throughout the design and construction process the architectural technician / technologist plays a lead role in assembling, recording and issuing technical documentation to both the design team, the contractor and the client.

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