Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, are qualified to offer design services and manage projects from inception to completion. They lead the technological design of a project; forming the link between concept, innovation and realisation. They:

  • specialise in design, underpinned by building science, engineering and technology applied to architecture within projects, playing a pivotal role in project and design management;
  • design and manage all project types from small scale to large commercial, industrial, residential and public projects; they range from being sole practitioners to working in multinational and multidisciplinary practices;
  • work collaboratively with other professionals such as architects and engineers and are recognised on a par with all Chartered professionals in the built environment sector; and
  • hold a valued, respected and regulated professional qualiļ¬cation and protected designation, which is transferable and recognised across borders and can only be awarded by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, whilst abiding by a set of professional ethics in the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.

A Chartered Architectural Technologist is able to undertake the following processes: 

Project inception

Chartered Architectural Technologists are recognised as being qualified to negotiate and manage the development of a construction project

  • Assessing the needs of clients and users and agreeing the project brief
  • Recognising the significance of the design stage and how it underpins the construction project
  • Evaluating and advising upon environmental and regulatory legal requirements affecting the project and obtaining initial approvals
  • Producing and evaluating feasibility studies
  • Evaluating resources and assessing environmental impact
  • Assessing and managing survey requirements and producing surveys

Project planning

  • Developing project briefs and design programmes
  • Advising clients on methods of project procurement and forms of contract
  • Managing health and safety
  • Liaising with and producing documentation for statutory approval authorities

Design process

Chartered Architectural Technologists specialise in the application of building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. They are recognised as having specialist skills enabling them to manage the design process and use their technical knowledge and expertise to provide innovative solutions

  • Preparing and presenting design proposals using CAD techniques and traditional methods
  • Leading the detailed design process and co-ordinating detailed design information
  • Managing and co-ordinating the design team and associated professional consultants
  • Developing the project design, researching problems and producing, developing and advising upon innovative solutions
  • Producing, analysing and advising upon specification, materials selection and detailed design solutions in relation to performance and production criteria
  • Liaising with and producing documentation for statutory approval authorities
  • Producing, managing, controlling and integrating design and production information
  • Carrying out design stage risk assessments

Contract management

Chartered Architectural Technologists are recognised as being qualified to negotiate and manage all aspects of architectural and construction contracts, whether it is using traditional, partnering or other methods. Chartered Architectural Technologists recognise the significance of the post construction aspects of the project

  • Managing or co-ordinating associated professionals
  • Obtaining and evaluating tenders and agreeing contracts
  • Ensuring continual compliance with design, legal, statutory and professional requirements
  • Programming schedules and undertaking stage inspections
  • Administering contracts and project certification
  • Managing project handover
  • Gaining feedback from and de-briefing client and user
  • Appraisal of building performance in use and producing, developing and maintaining maintenance management information systems
  • Evaluating and advising upon refurbishment, repair, reuse, recycling and deconstruction of buildings

Professional practice

Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, are architectural professionals and may practise on their own account as a partner or director, and must adhere to a Code of Conduct

  • Providing professional guidance and decision making to clients, users and design/construction teams
  • Weighing up issues and making balanced judgements
  • If providing services directly to a client, obtaining and maintaining adequate mandatory Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)
  • Undertaking structured Continuing Professional Development (CPD)