BSc in Architectural Technology

Institute of Technology Carlow
UniHaven Pathway Access

The Foundation in Business, Management and Study Skills is run online and provides direct entry to the BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology.

Programme Overview

Architectural Technology refers to the technical design and expertise used in the increasingly complex design process required for contemporary architecture. While architects are responsible for creating initial concepts and designs, architectural technologists are more concerned with the technical side of construction. Architectural technologists work closely with architects and other building professionals to resolve any potential design problems before construction starts.

This is a studio-based technical design course that integrates theory with practical application. The course equips students with real-life problem solving and communication skills. The course incorporates an integrated research and design project based on a field study with previous trips to Bilbao, Barcelona and Milan.

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.”  – Charles Eames

Why do this Programme?

The idea of being part of a team thatbrings a building from design to realitywill likely inspire you. You will have amechanical aptitude, and the abilityto think in three dimensions. You alsolikely enjoy teamwork. Ultimately, youwill have an interest in buildings, howthey are built, how they work and how they are used. The course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

A studio-based technical design course with dedicated studio space for students of each year. Students will acquire proficiency in Graphics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Revit and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Students complete an integrated research and design project based on a field study. Previous international field trips included visits to Bilbao, Barcelona and Milan. Annual end-of-year industry showcase event for Final Year students. Exit Awards include a Higher Certificate in Science in Architectural Technology (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Architectural Technology course will have the skills to:

  • Research and propose detailed constructional and technological solutions for new builds,
  • Extensions and refurbishment of existing and historic buildings,
  • Work within a contemporary technical environment using BIM technologies such as energy analysis and building services integration using software such as Revit Building Design Suite,
  • Develop technical solutions from sketch design stage through to working drawings and prepare and coordinate tender documents.

The architectural technologist is a key member of the design team and collaborates closely with the architect.

Typical employers include:

  • Private construction firms and contractors,
  • Property developers,
  • Planning departments and local authorities.