Architectural technologist jobs typically exist in the design phase of an architectural project. The architectural technologist may create a design of a building that is then converted to a blueprint by an architect and into a building by people in construction. In addition to working hand-in-hand with an architect, she may also work with the people on the construction-side of the project to see that the design plans and blue prints are functional and that they are being followed. Architectural technologist jobs are not only centered around new construction projects, however; the jobs may also include refurbishing older buildings as well.
At the initial stages of a project, architectural technologist jobs include working closely with architects and preparing sketches of architectural designs. Although these designs may be done freehand, many technologists use computer programs to help them design various aspects of a building. These computer programs can help them determine the most functional and cost-efficient way to design a particular architectural project.
Depending on the size of the project, other architectural technologist jobs may include selecting appropriate building materials and making sure that all zoning requirements and other regulations are satisfied. For example, some materials may be better suited for a particular project than others, depending on the use of the building. In addition, many areas have strict regulations that control the height of a building; the style of a building; and even environmental aspects of a building, such as solar panels.
Sometimes architectural technologist jobs include checking to see that construction meets quality expectations and watching to see that the cost of the building stays within budget. Although she will probably not check to see that the walls are square or other such oversights, she may check to see that the plans and blueprints are being followed. In addition, she may ensure the project is on budget and make adjustments in material decisions if costs need to be adjusted.
One of the more routine architectural technologist jobs includes attending meetings and discussing plans with architects, building owners, contractors, and construction foremen. She may also write up summaries on the progress of the project, read surveys, and assess any risks associated with the project. In all, she must be able to effectively design a building and communicate her thoughts and her plan to people in a variety of positions in the architectural and construction worlds, from architects to engineers to construction workers, and even owners.