An Architectural Technologist’s 6 questions to employer

by bregs blog admin team

 

question-mark-in-front-of-face5-1050x700 The following opinion piece was submitted by Malachy Mathews MSc. Dip Arch Tech. on 5th May 2014.

6 questions an Architectural Technologist should ask of their employer.

  1. If you ask me to carry out a technical design for a building envelope so that it complies with building regulations for you as the design certifier are you going to sign off and take responsibility and liability for my work ?
  2.  If you ask me to carry out a DEAP analysis so that it complies with building regulations on your building design for you as the design certifier are you going to sign off and take responsibility and liability for my work ?
  3. If you ask me to create a set of technical drawings such as plans, specifications and particulars as are necessary to show how the building will comply with building regulations are you going to sign off and take responsibility and liability for my work ?
  4. If you are the assigned certifier and ask me to go to site and carry out inspections as per the agreed “inspection plan” are you going to take responsibility and liability for my work ?
  5. If you as the assigned certifier ask me to create and assemble such plans, calculations and particulars to show how the building has been completed including recording all variations to the design to show that this work is in compliance with the building regulations, are you going to take responsibility and liability for my work ?
  6. Will you ask me to sign Ancillary Certs for my work and if so will you require me to get a separate PI policy which I will have to maintain into the future ?

Should your employer answer “Yes” to 1 to 5 of these questions, i suggest you get a letter from your employer, “Design certifier / Assigned certifier” confirming same. Should they answer yes to Question 6 you will need to review your employment contract. Should your employer answer “No” to 1 to 5 of these questions you need to clarify if you can now carry out these duties.

Architectural Technologists in employment have been put into this position because of the failure of their representative bodies to bring to the attention of the minister and the department that these are core competencies of the AT and that architects/engineers/building surveyors  rely on employed ATs to carry out this work. There is an urgent need for a Statutory Register for AT so that they as technical professionals can take responsibility for their own work.

Other related posts of interest on this subject:

Architectural Technologists and BC(A)R SI.9: CIAT | BRegs Blog – click link here

Architectural Technologist: Minister “disrespectful and misleading” in Seanad – click link Blog

Eoin O Cofaigh: The architectural technologist and BC(A)R SI.9 – click link here

Opinion piece: Architectural Technologists and the register: BC(A)R SI.9  – click link here

Practical Post 8: Employees won’t certify? BC(A)R SI.9  – click link here

Registered surveyor letter to TD’s: BC(A)R SI.9  – click link here

Press piece: professionals “engaging in financial extortion” says Hogan  – click link here

 

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