Professionally Qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT, specialise in the application of technology in architecture. You will be an integral supporting part of the design team specialising in the research of products, processes, legislation and technology as well as detailing, designs and drawings.

Project inception

Professionally qualified Architectural Technicians are specialists in the collation, organisation and investigation of technical information for use during the development of the project design. They:

collate and organise technical information; and
investigate technical information and factors that affect developments, including user needs, site and building surveys and regulatory requirements.

Project planning


monitor health and safety in design; and
prepare regulatory applications.

Design process

Professionally qualified Architectural Technicians specialise in the application of technology to architecture, building design and construction. They are recognised as having specialist skills enabling them to use their technical knowledge and skills to provide innovative solutions. They:

prepare design proposals using CAD and traditional methods;
contribute to the detailed design process and co-ordinate detailed design information;
prepare specifications for construction work;
prepare drawings, plans and documents for statutory approvals; and
contribute to design stage risk assessment.

Contract management

Professionally qualified Architectural Technicians can participate in the process of:

making site visits;
obtaining tenders for construction work; and
contribute to meetings and document preparation.



Professional practice

Whilst Technician members of CIAT, TCIAT, cannot practise on their own account, they are an integral part of the architectural design process. As architectural professionals they must adhere to a Code of Conduct by:

liaising between members of the design and construction team
providing professional technical guidance to design and construction teams
undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD), possibly progressing towards Chartered Membership of CIAT, MCIAT, and a career as a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Looking to qualify?

To become a professionally qualified Architectural Technician, you can enrol on a Higher Diploma (HND) or Foundation degree or equivalent in Architectural Technology or built environment subject. Click below to find a CIAT Accredited programme near you: