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What does an Architectural Technologist do?

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An architectural technologist creates a functional building design, based on the architect's vision, that meets the legal building regulations and requirements. They work alongside the architect to ensure that the building is fully operational and serves its intended purpose. The required material, cost, deadlines, and quality of the building are typically overseen by the architectural technologist. They primarily focus on the logistics, style, and performance of the building, and are usually present on the project from start to finish. The architectural technologist is a specialist who generally works for a design or construction company, but can also be a self-employed.

There are numerous duties involved in being an architectural technologist, but these are subject to change depending on the specifics of a project. A few of the general tasks include evaluating the project, analyzing surveys of the designated building area, drafting the building concept on paper, reviewing legal codes and requirements, applying all legal guidelines to the building design, organizing and submitting permit applications, formulating proposals and progress reports for client and involved parties, and making adjustments that guarantees that the building functions to its full potential. An architectural technologist performs similar activities when refurbishing and altering existing buildings.

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The salary ranges depend on many factors, but are often determined by experience, qualifications, and project size. Most of the work is divided between an office and on location. There is an extensive range of employment opportunities such as property developers, architectural firms, construction companies, local or town planners, and housing corporations.

There a few entry requirements to become an architectural technologist, and a degree is usually preferred. Many courses are offered in architectural technology including, but not limited to, construction, structural engineering, architecture, and architectural engineering. There is also a large variety of masters programs available for an architectural technologist to excel in his or her career. Aside from acquiring a degree, there are some companies that are willing to hire based on experience and amount of time in the field.

Many schools offer additional training and vocational programs with updated information because regulations, guidelines, and requirements are continuously subject to change. The primary benefit of continuing education for those in a specific field is learning the new innovations added to the particular area of his or her expertise. Due to the constant motion of change, an architectural technologist should continue to seek knowledge regardless of experience, because technology and other advancements are infinitely improving.

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