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Architectural Technologists

The RIAI Voluntary Register of Architectural Technologists provides a listing of all active RIAI Architectural Technologist Members who have opted in to the voluntary register. Please note, not all RIAI Architectural Technologist members have opted in at this time.

RIAI Architectural Technologist members are entitled to use the affix RIAI (Arch.Tech.) and may avail of the following RIAI Membership Benefits:

• RIAI Architectural Technologist marks and Brand Guidelines
• Access to the Members only area on the RIAI website
• Access to the online Good Practice Guide
• MyRIAICPD / reduced CPD costs
• Receive RIAI Member E-Bulletins – informing and updating you on changes to legislation advice on practice issues, notification of competitions, awards and events
• Architecture Ireland Magazine

 Check the RIAI’s Voluntary Register of Architectural Technologists

Architectural Technologists

Architectural Technologists usually work within multidisciplinary teams with particular responsibility for the preparation of production information such as working drawings, schedules and specifications as well as site surveys, administrative procedures to do with building regulations, fire safety certificates, planning applications, the building contract, etc. Some technologists develop specialisations in particular areas, such as specification writing, technology, materials, regulations, CAD or BIM.

Background: In 1974 the RIAI created a new category of membership to provide for the recognition of those working in the field of Architectural Technology. In the years since then, architectural technology education has developed significantly at both undergraduate and postgraduate level alongside rapid evolution in the practice of architectural technology in an increasingly complex building environment. In recognition of this RIAI Council decided in 2009 to replace the membership category of ‘Architectural Technician’ with that of ‘Architectural Technologist’.


The RIAI has published its own Standard of Knowledge, Skill and Competence for practice as an Architectural Technologist.

In 2016 Quality and Qualifications Ireland (www.qqi.ie) published a set of Awards Standards - Architectural Technology, developed in consultation with the RIAI and other stakeholders to Architectural Technology education. The Awards Standards presented in this document describe the knowledge, skill and competence to be

acquired before a QQI “Architectural Technology” award may be made. The standard is expressed, by NationalFramework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level, in terms of required knowledge, skill and competence.

You can also find out more about preparing for a career as an Architectural Technologist in the Education section of the RIAI website.

Information on Architectural Technologist membership can be found on the Admissions section of the RIAI website