The difference between an Architect & an Architectural Technologist

At BBD-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 Part’s 1, 2 & 3 of the educational programme. Only then can you register as an Architect with the ARB. Architect’s 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 clients 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, by comparison, is not trained so vigorously or intensively. 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) whereas a technologist will only have a degree at best, though not essential to have studied that high. It is not that a Technologist cannot design buildings, in fact they may be very skilled at it, given the right experience. Technologists are not necessarily required to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance, unless specified by an organisation that they join through choice. A technologist may not have the skills required to support a client through an entire building project.

In short the key differences and benefits of employing an Architect would be the high level of design skill, the requirement to hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and the obligation to meet the professional standards of the ARB Code of Conduct.