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.
About the Course
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. The course is delivered over 4 full academic years, with 2 semesters per year. Semester 1 modules are completed between September and January, and Semester 2 modules between February and May.
This is a studio-led course involving working drawings and other construction related projects, with a range of lectures and site visits designed to contribute to the student’s comprehension and to the development of project work.
Students in Year 4 of the programme have the opportunity to pursue specific areas of research critical to the built environment and architectural practice. Students identify individual areas of interest in the architectural process and conduct intensive research leading to expertise. These emerging specialisms are sought by architectural practices and allied disciplines in architecture and construction and provide graduates with competitive skills.
Formal work placement (minimum of four weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3. The work placement 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 in the process of accreditation review by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT
> MSc in Architectural Technical Design
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.
Upon graduation, Jay began working with Bluett & O’Donoghue Architects - Dublin, after completing a summer internship in the year prior. Jay has worked on multiple projects using a number of computer software packages.
Types of projects include student accommodations, apartment complexes, offices, marine based projects, and of course, family homes. Day to day duties often include site visits, preparation of computer drawings, problem solving, and design team meetings. Currently, one of Jay’s projects include a €2+ million project on a protected structure and theatre. Later this year, he will undertake a postgraduate programme in Low Energy Design, which will lead onto a Masters in the same field.
“Being a CIT student was some of the most difficult, but best years of my life. The craic was good and the work was tough. But CIT has given me both the academic skills and mental skills needed to give me a head start and be as prepared as I could be for the demands of the real world in the construction industry.”
After graduation, Michael began work with mEML Architects and from the onset was working on multiple projects, completing construction drawings on residential apartments, submitting planning applications for school extensions and fire stations.
Michael is currently working on a €30 million R&D facility. “Without a doubt, the education I received at CIT has provided me with an amazing start in my career field and is the reason why I have been able to excel at what I do.”