Architectural Technologists

Who are the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

The practice of architecture has been around for thousands of years however

the role of the Architectural Technologist is only 60 years old.

In 2005 BIAT achieved its Royal Charter and became known as the current CIAT :

They are the industry body for the profession of Architectural Technology

and they describe the discipline as:

“focusing on the design of buildings and their production and performance through the process, management and integral use of technology.”

CIAT Chartered Practice


What is a Chartered Architectural Technologist?

Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT):

Chartered architectural technologists will be very creative and fully capable of producing eye-catching and innovative designs on top of being more scientifically led.

• We are qualified to offer design services / manage projects from inception to completion.

• Lead the technological design of a project; forming the link between concept, innovation and realisation.

• create a design for you based on your brief

• submit your plans for approval

• work with other professionals involved in the build

• act as a project manager

• deal with the day-to-day running of the project

In order to become a member of CIAT, and use the letters MCIAT after their name, individuals need to have either completed an accredited degree or other in Architectural Technology. This then needs to be followed by practical and evidenced based working experience, with competence demonstrated at a final formal interview in front of a Panel of Experienced Chartered Members.

Typically it will take approximately 5-6 years to qualify after obtaining your initial degree.

– A Chartered Member (MCIAT) must obtain and maintain adequate mandatory Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) every year and provide evidence to CIAT of renewal each year.

– Every Member must undertake structured Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every year.

– Every member must abide by a set of professional ethics and adhere to the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.