Are you looking for guidance on whether you need an architectural technologist or architect for your GRAND Build? Read on to have your questions answered....

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What is the difference between a Chartered Architectural Technologist and an architect?
Chartered Architectural Technologists and architects are qualified and competent to lead construction projects from design through to completion. The difference is within the specialisms that they will bring to a project. Chartered Architectural Technologists’ training and emphasis is the science and technology of architecture and architects’ training and emphasis is the design and philosophy of architecture. Whilst both disciplines have their own distinct training and specialism, there is considerable overlap between the two professions. For further information on architects please visit: www.architecture.com or www.arb.org.uk

What does a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT, do?
Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, are specialists in the building design and construction with particular expertise in the sound technical performance of buildings.
Chartered Members are qualified and recognised to lead a project from inception through to completion, which includes contractual, planning and regulations issues and final certification. Chartered Members can be involved in projects of all types such as commercial, industrial and residential, including adaptation, conservation, conversion, maintenance, management, new build or restoration.
Chartered Members may also be employed by manufacturing companies, house builders, local authorities, housing associations and similar or be academics or participate in research.

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I wish to undertake a building project - how can CIAT members help me?
Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, are specialists in the building design and construction with particular expertise in the sound technical performance of buildings. Chartered Members are qualified and recognised to lead a project from inception through to completion, which includes contractual, planning and regulations issues and final certification.They can be involved in projects of all types such as commercial, industrial and residential, including adaptation, conservation, conversion, maintenance, management, new build or restoration.

I want a loft conversion/extension/new garage etc. Can CIAT members help?
Yes. Some Chartered Members (MCIAT) on the Institute's Register of Practices may work on such projects.
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Will a CIAT member supervise a building project?
The term supervise is open to interpretation and this depends on what sort of contract you have. Some members in private practice will include site visits to check on progress and you should discuss this with the practice before engaging them.

Will a Chartered Architectural Technologist be cheaper than an architect on a building project?
Not necessarily. It is a common misconception that Chartered Architectural Technologists charge less than architects. At present, the Office of Fair Trading prevents CIAT, and other professionals, from setting fee scales for its members, as the OFT consider it as price fixing. Fees will vary from practice to practice, it is best to shop around to find a practice which is able to meet your needs at a price that suits you.

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For more information on CIAT, visit www.ciat.org.uk

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