Architectural technologists

Our Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) training programme offers ambitious graduates exceptional range and depth of experience on the journey to becoming a registered professional. You’ll work directly with clients and gain POP record experience that spans many different specialisms, with our support at every step.

Wide-ranging experience

Our multi-disciplinary approach gives you fantastic scope for experiencing different types of work. You’ll join the measured surveys team but can expect to add experience for your POP record across a wide range of areas, including project management, building surveys and rights of light.

High-quality training

You can expect both structured learning and on-the-job training, with plenty of personal support and a strong sense of teamwork. Because we’re an independent consultancy, clients engage with us directly, so you can expect opportunities to work closely with clients on their projects.

We know you’ll want to get chartered as soon as possible and we make no compromise in providing the best possible training and experience to prepare you. 

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What our people say

Working at Hollis over the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects involving 3D point cloud data, CAD and BIM software.
Lucy Mannion Architectural Technologist - Birmingham
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In the final year of your BSc or MSc architectural technology degree.

Use our online application form to provide us with your detailed CV, covering letter, and your preferred office location.

We can only consider your application if you’ve completed or are in the final year of a CIAT-accredited architectural technology qualification.

We’re looking for commercial awareness, excellent communication skills and an eagerness to learn quickly, but your potential is the most important attribute.

It helps if you have some work experience, paid or voluntary, and ideally property related. Life experience is important too – so if you’ve done something interesting or have a particular interest do let us know.

The CAD team provides nationwide support for our different specialists, using the latest on-site survey equipment and AutoCAD software. The work can include producing tender drawings for the project management team, conducting space planning and feasibility studies, helping the M&E team with schematic layouts or undertaking measured surveys.

This varies, but we usually have opportunities available in both of our London offices, and our Birmingham, Manchester and Dublin offices. 

It’s likely to be a straightforward and relaxed chat with one of the partners, and one other colleague. We’re mainly interested in getting to know more about you, and giving you the chance to find out more about us. We may ask you to give a short presentation and we might throw in the odd technical question but we really just want to see how you think.

Your visit may include meeting a few other members of our team. We base our decision on this one visit and aim to let you know the outcome in one week. If you have an interview coming up, you may want to see our interview tips video.

We do have some placement positions, which vary in location from year to year, but our main focus is on recruiting graduates and providing the highest quality training for our permanent team-members.

Inevitably some trainees leave, for example to go to client-side roles, but we aim never to lose people for lack of opportunity. With such a friendly, varied and rewarding working environment, a high proportion of our people choose to stay with us.

As an equal opportunities employer we often recruit mature applicants and we particularly value the greater professional experience they can bring.

You can begin as soon as your course has finished or take the summer off. Either way you’ll be invited to our summer training day (which can involve anything from driving a tank to clay pigeon shooting or sailing) so you can start getting to know everybody.

Once you’ve spent the first week or so getting to know our systems you’ll be able to begin CAD work straight away. We’ll guide you through projects that could involve anything from detailed 3D solid AutoCAD models to tender drawings for the project management team, or space planning and feasibility studies.

Most of our graduates are ready to sit the CIAT review in around three to five years. If you’ve already started the process then it may take slightly less time.

Giving you the right mix of experience is a responsibility we take very seriously. One of our partners will monitor your learning and experience, and you’ll have regular meetings with a dedicated supervisor to make sure you get the experience and training you need to be your best.

Yes — we’ll pay all your CIAT fees.

Many of our technicians and technologists choose to study for further qualifications once they’re qualified. If there’s a good opportunity for your personal development or a benefit for the business then we’ll consider either part or fully funding the course.

We have an active social club and activities throughout the year, ranging from a comedy club trip to a sporting or charity event. There’s also a wealth of informal activities at our offices, including running at lunchtime, 5-a-side football, climbing, softball and of course a few drinks after work.

We offer excellent prospects, and a large number of our previous graduates are now in senior positions. There are no time limits for reaching associate or partner level: we promote on ability rather than age.

Yes — whether for a project lasting only a few days, or for a long term secondment. We welcome applicants with language skills and we aim to promote international collaboration, for example by seconding our people to go abroad or recruiting European nationals to train with us in the UK before starting at our European offices.