The difference between an Architect & an Architectural Technologist

At V&L-architects we often get asked to explain the difference between an #Architect and an #ArchitecturalTechnologist

An architect is a qualified professional obliged to conduct their services under the rules of a Code of Conduct. The title ‘Architect’ is protected by the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB). To call yourself an Architect you must pass the standards set by the ARB by completing Parts 1, 2 & 3 of the educational programme. Only then can you register as an Architect with the ARB.

Architects are specifically trained in design and educated in many other areas associated with their work, including Civil Law, Contract Law, Planning Policy, Building Regulations and many other legislations. They are the pinnacle in building design. An Architect is required by their Code of Conduct to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance, providing their customers with a level of reassurance. Architects are trained to understand the problem being faced, which they develop as the Design Brief, and create a solution that meets the client’s requirements. An Architect is trained to be able to support a client from the beginning to the end of the project, including the construction phase, with particular skill in administering construction contracts.

An Architectural Technologist must start with a degree. If they wish to become a Charted Architectural Technologist, they must qualify with CIAT. Once meeting the qualifying criteria, their title is protected and they perform many of the same roles as an architect. Many Architects and Technologists work alongside each other.

An Architect will have trained for at least seven years (Undergraduate Degree in Architecture, Minimum one year in practice, Post Graduate or Masters Diploma, minimum one year in practice before sitting professional exams)

Both Architects and Chartered Technologists are required to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and adhere to a Code of Conduct.

In short, the key differences and benefits of employing a professional trained in the industry would be the high-level skill, the requirement to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and the obligation to meet the professional standards of the ARB Code of Conduct or CIAT.

There are others who perform the function of either an Architect or a Chartered Technologist, who cannot offer you the same level of professionalism or assurance when it comes to the design and management of your building project. It is essential that you do your research and understand the qualifications and experience of those you are interviewing for your project.

Updated on 16th Jan 2023 by Verity Lovelock, Design Director and Architect at V&L Architects