£15,080 Average salary at age 20
£31,200 Average Salary
35 Average hours per week


Architectural and town planning technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist architects and planners with the design of buildings and the layout of urban and rural areas.

Main Tasks

  • Investigates proposed design with regard to practicality, cost and use;
  • Prepares building plans, drawings and specifications for use by contractors;
  • Liaises with engineers and building contractors regarding technical construction problems and attends site meetings on behalf of architect;
  • Surveys land and property uses and prepares report for planning authority;
  • Issues development permits as authorised;
  • Checks that completed work conforms to specifications.


Entrants possess a variety of qualifications including GCSEs/S grades, a BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III or a degree. Professional qualifications are available and membership to professional institutions may be required for some posts.

What Architectural and town planning technicians studied in higher education

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What Architectural and town planning technicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(W2) Design studies2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(K2) Building2
(K1) Architecture90
(K3) Landscape & garden design1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)3

UK Prospects

32700 Workforce Size
0.52% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
2186 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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