What is The Difference Between an Architectural Technician and a RIBA Chartered Architect?

November 2, 2020

It’s been over 20 years since Grand Designs first graced our televisions and along with Kevin McCloud, there has always been one consistent message; employ and utilise quality. Therefore, we aim to explain the difference between an Architectural Technician and a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architects.

Overview of an Architect

When embarking on a building project for your home, it is an Architect’s responsibility to ensure it is a smooth process. Your Architect should explore concepts, produce great designs and accurate plans drawn to your specifications, the building regulations and planning requirements are met and the projects are finished to the correct standards. Anything short of this will see your project turn to sand in the palm of your hands and slip through your fingers.

Furthermore, Architects are also skilled in maximising the potential of your property with innovate design solutions to create more space. Hiring an Architect will also ensure your project remains on budget, meets deadlines and is finished to the correct standards. Due to building regulations changing and techniques continuously improving, it is vital to choose the right Architect to assemble the puzzle.

Chartered Vs Non-Chartered

This is where the key difference between RIBA chartered Architects (Royal Institute of Chartered Architects) and Architectural Technicians lies. Normally, it takes a RIBA Architect seven years to qualify, following a combination of theoretical and practical training, so you can be assured of their professional competence to deliver your project. They are required to submit CPD (continuous professional development) evidence every year to ensure they are up to date with the latest technology, materials, methods and eco-friendly considerations.

When investing in a large project on your home, it is important you choose the right Architect for the job. The main differences between a Chartered Architect and a Non-Chartered Architect are as follows:

  • Insurance
  • Health and Safety
  • Management Process

Chartered Architects have to follow certain methods, processes and standards in order to become a RIBA (Royal Institute of Chartered Architects) Chartered Architect. This ensures that the company conducts projects in a professional, effective way. This results in the customer receiving the best service, workmanship and results every time. Chartered Architects are trustworthy, giving you the confidence you need when considering a project on your home. Non-Chartered Architects do not comply with the standards set, meaning there is room for error and processes differ. As a result, your experience may not be as smooth, in-depth or as professional.

However, it is not just about following robust management process, RIBA architects are master of light and space. RIBA architects understand that design is personal to you, they have a knack for listening and interpreting your visions and ideas into an effective design.

In addition, RIBA Architects are also skilled in maximising your property’s potential with space-saving ideas.

In Summary…

For your peace-of-mind and project security, it is a safe bet for you to choose a RIBA Chartered Architect over a Architectural Technician. The initial upfront cost may seem more expensive. However, in the long-run with and efficient, fully insured, qualified and proven business model, choosing a Chartered Architect can save you money.

To put it into perspective, adding to the plethora of jabs available from the NHS at the moment, RIBA Chartered Architects are the vaccination to poor design and project execution.

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