Architectural Draughter









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What is an Architectural Draughter?

Architectural Draughters are like architect assistants. The job of an Architectural Draughter is to prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by an architect.  

Draughting can be an exciting and varied career.

In the past, draughting was drawn by hand, but today, computers make life much easier for everyone.

Architectural Draughters need a strong knowledge of building construction so that they are able to understand plans. 

Architectural Draughters can also be called:

  • Draughtsman
  • Draughtswoman
  • Draughtsperson
  • Draughter
  • Drafter
  • Draughts Person

What does an Architectural Draughter do?

  • translates the ideas and rough sketches of architects into detailed drawings
  • assists architects with research for fittings and finishes
  • analyses the technical details of an architect’s design concept, including calculating weights, volumes and stress factors
  • works out procedures and instructions to be followed, according to design specifications and quantity of required materials
  • represents the architect on the construction site, making sure that the builder follows design specifications
  • supervises, coordinates and inspects the work of the draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects

Are you … ?

  • interested in buildings and structures?
  • creative?
  • a person who can visualise in 3D?
  • meticulous?
  • detail orientated?
  • neat?
  • organised and methodical?
  • able to communicate well?
  • confident?
  • computer literate?

How do I become an Architectural Draughter?

Diplomas (N.Dip. Architectural Technology) from Universities of Technology usually consist of 18 months of academic training and 18 months of in-service training at an approved firm.


National Diploma in Architectural Technology

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Tswhane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg

Bachelor  of Technology (BTech) in Architecture (professional)

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Tswhane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


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