This four-year degree course aims to provide each student with the education and training necessary for entry into the construction and property industry as a professional Architectural Technologist.
Architectural Technology is the application of science and engineering knowledge to the design of buildings. They work together with architects in multidisciplinary teams to achieve efficient and effective technical design solutions which are robust, durable and sustainable. Architectural Technologists are technical designers, skilled in the application and integration of construction technologies in the building design process. This technical design programme integrates theory with practical application to equip students with real life problem solving and communication skills and a broad understanding of construction technology and detailing, building regulations, health and safety legislation and the theory and integration of environmental and sustainable design. In particular the programme aims to develop each student’s knowledge, skill and competence. It incorporates a low energy technical design project and a research project which will equip them as they set off on their career as a professional architectural technologist.
The course includes:
The history, context and design of buildings including new buildings, extension and conversion of existing buildings
The link between design and the technological, environmental, cultural, economic and social parameters } Technology of architectural forms, functions, concepts and contexts
Accessibility and inclusive design reflecting how all people perceive, experience and use all aspects of the built environment
The design and construction process and systems efficiency, effectiveness, economic and environmental sustainability, quality, safety, reliability and appearance
Legal and regulatory requirements including building regulations, planning and development legislation, building control and health and safety
Science and engineering of materials and components related to design
Building services engineering, environmental science and structural engineering
Project and design management, project procurement and process, construction and contract management
Computer-aided design, 3D modelling, ICT and BIM.
Career opportunities for Architectural Technology graduates are excellent. Typically employers include architectural firms, public and private bodies, planning departments and local authorities, private construction firms and material manufacturers. The architectural technologist is a key member of the design team and collaborates closely with the architect to provide objective technical advice. Demand from local, national and international companies is exceeding current supply of suitably qualified graduates.
Upon completion it is anticipated graduates will be eligible to apply for Architectural Technologist membership of the relevant professional bodies including CIAT, RIAI and CABE.