Transition year students from schools across the country take part in the TY week in the School of Architecture each year in May. The event is open to all TY students interested in a career in Architecture and Architectural Technology. There is a special emphasis on diversity within the cohort of students as part of DIT’s widening participation strategy.
The week begins with a series of short exercises exploring materials and creativity and continues with a series of talks on architecture and the built environment. Each year tours are conducted of the Georgian quarter of Dublin along with exploring the best in contemporary architecture.
The students are encouraged to work in teams in studying the built environment and engaging in design projects. Visits to buildings are followed by a chance to see inside the workings of one of Ireland’s leading design firms and have a question and answer session with architects and recent DIT graduates about their career and college experience. The trips to the institute of architects (RIAI) in Merrion Square and the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) allows the students to understand the wider role of architecture in the culture of the country as well as having a chance to talk to prominent practitioners.
There is a special emphasis in learning by doing and working in a collaborative manner to get a feel for the college and working experience. Students meet the staff and engage with students on the programme to get an understanding of college life. Practical advice is offered on the entry requirements along with advice on how to further follow up interest in the DIT programmes.
Special thanks to the IAF, DIT Foundation, Henry J Lyons, RIAI for their support for this event over the years.