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Architectural and town planning technician

Architectural and town planning technician - overview

If you're interested in design, construction and buildings, you might want to consider a career as an architectural and town planning technician. This role supports architects with technical assistance and design. Learn more about this role including salary expectations, required skills and more.

Learn what the role involves below.

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What does an architectural and town planning technician do?

As an architectural and town planning technician, you'll support planners, surveyors and architects with the technical side of the design and layout of buildings, cities, towns and rural areas. You can work in either the public or private sectors for property developers, local authorities, housing groups and so on.

You'll use your creativity, logic and technical skills to build models using software and traditional drawing techniques to help your team with different architectural and town planning projects. This can be a demanding role as you'll have a variety of important tasks to complete while meeting the needs of clients. However, it can also be creative, exciting and rewarding.

What will your days involve?

Daily tasks will vary but could involve:

  • Meeting with clients throughout projects and managing expectations
  • Assessing and advising on legal and environmental regulations
  • Creating and presenting design proposals using computer-aided design software
  • Supplying permits for development
  • Creating building plans for contractors
  • Performing risk assessments at the design stage
  • Working with the appropriate authorities to make sure designs are compliant with statutory requirements
  • Ensuring that completed work meets the necessary specifications

FAQs

How much can you earn as an architectural and town planning technician?

The average salary for an architectural and town planning technician in the UK is £25,480.

Does an architectural and town planning technician role involve travel in the UK or overseas?

You may travel for meetings within the UK or when visiting sites. If you're working on a project overseas then you may travel internationally.

Can you work from home as an architectural and town planning technician?

You'll mainly work from an office or construction site but there may be the option to work from home depending on what your employer decides.