The Architectural Technologist is involved with the technical issues of the architectural design process and plays the role of a technical designer. S/he is a team player who provides an expertise in technical design principles and knowledge in the development of the built environment. S/he is an organiser and coordinator of the diverse disciplines involved in the design and construction process.
The core of the learning experience takes place in the studio through technical design projects and the application and integration of knowledge and skills explored in lecture modules. The focus of the Year 1 studio is the exploration of simple structures in wood, steel, concrete and masonry and construction detailing.
Lectures include Technology Materials and Structure (wood, steel, concrete, and masonry), Environmental Science and Services (sustainability, climate, resources), while skills developed include teamwork, problem solving, communication, drawing, and basic computer graphics.
Work placement is an elective module in Year 3 of the programme. The student may undertake a relevant work placement of no less than 8 weeks. The placement programme will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in CIT together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.
This course is accredited by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of
> Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology (Level 8)
subject to availability of places. The course also maintains cooperative links with other construction-related courses within the Institute and in other colleges.
How much of my time is devoted to studio and project work?
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to studio and project work.
How helpful is it to have Design & Communication Graphics at Leaving Certificate level?
Design and Communication Graphics would provide a solid foundation for this programme.
What is the difference between Architectural Technology and Architecture?
Architectural Technology can be described as technical design of the building while Architecture focuses on the creative aspects of spatial and aesthetic design in the total building.
Siobhán is an Associate with O’Riordan Staehli Architects with particular expertise and responsibility for Fire & Safety on all projects.
“My Degree gave me a strong technical foundation with excellent drafting skills, detail design, and architectural appreciation. This is a challenging and interesting career.
I work very closely with all members of the Design Team – Clients, Quantity Surveyors, Engineers and Contractors, ensuring that the full coordination of all the building elements complements the building design.”