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Architectural technologist

Chivan Resource Limited
Lagos, Nigeria
November 20, 2016

architects are responsible for coming up with initial concepts and designs, architectural technologists are more concerned with the technical side of construction. They work closely with architects and other building professionals to resolve any potential design problems before construction starts.

Work activities can vary depending on the project, but typical duties can include:

selecting the best materials and processes for the project

surveying sites and identifying location benefits

carrying out feasibility studies and risk assessments

assessing environmental impacts and identifying legal issues

analysing architectural plans and drawings, highlighting any possible risks or problems and making amendments using computer-aided design applications (CAD)

specifying the appropriate technology and tools to be used in the project and advising where this requires deviation from the initial design plans

liaising with the architect, surveyors and other construction professionals, sometimes managing the design project team

preparing documents to help with getting planning permission and similar approvals

visiting sites to check progress and inspect work

Key skills for architectural technologists

A strong interest in architecture, mathematics, drawing and design, with an excellent eye for detail

Art and design skills to complement technical know-how

Strong communication and leadership skills

Competence in CAD

An analytical mind with strong problem-solving ability

Strong planning and organisation skills

The ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team

High levels of creativity, imagination and vision

The ability to work well under time and budget pressures

Must enjoy working with your hands and be willing to work outdoors