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Architectural Technology / Teicneolaíocht Na hAiltireachta


What is... Architectural Technology?

An Architectural Technologist is a technical designer skilled in the application and integration of architectural and construction technologies in the building design process.

The DT175 BSc (Honours) Architectural Technology programme is professionally accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

What are my... Career Opportunities?

The Architectural Technologist is a highly skilled technical professional trained to play a leading role in the increasingly complex technical design process which drives contemporary architecture and building. 

With the rapid development of digital information technologies, DIT Architectural Technologists have emerged as leaders in the creation, integration and management of technical information through the medium of Building Information Modelling (BIM). 

Working in multidisciplinary and collaborative design teams, technologists have the skills to communicate with and coordinate the work of other building design professionals. DIT architectural technologists are technical professionals and are highly sought after in the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry in Ireland and abroad.

What other options do I have after completion?

Graduates of the DT175 BSc (Honours) Architectural Technology programme will be eligible to progress to various Level 9 programmes such as the DIT MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling & Management, and following practice experience to the DIT MSc Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) and CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The DT175 BSc (Honours) Architectural Technology is a studio-based programme. Studio provides a structured setting in which the student is exposed to a variety of teaching and learning experiences. Project work is undertaken against the background of lectures, critiques, one to one tutorials, seminars, group work and construction skills classes.

Technical Design Studio provides a focus for the development of skills in three-dimensional problem solving. These skills include freehand drawing, hard line mechanical drawing and model making. Studio project work also allows the development of skills in Building Information Modelling (BIM) to produce 3D digital models and 2D working drawings. The presentation of studio projects in crits encourages the development of the student’s verbal communication skills.

The studio format offers flexibility for students to attend project related site visits and field trips away from the college environment, thereby widening their understanding of the context of their project work. These experiences are supplemented by industry and professional presentations, specialist structural engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering design workshops, and visits to building exhibitions.

In studio, students have unrestricted access to a dedicated workspace and work alongside one another for long periods of time, both during timetabled contact hours and beyond. Studios are equipped with both manual drawing facilities and PCs, allowing students to carry out their project work using a variety of media and approaches.

The programme includes work placement in Semester 2 of Year 3.

Module Listing

Year One - Four

  • Technical Design Studio 1-5
  • Building Technology 1-5
  • Building Performance 1-6
  • Building Information Modelling 1-5
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Practice Placement - Architectural Technology
  • Technical Design Dissertation 

Further Information

T: (01) 402 3691

Cormac Allen - Assistant Head of School (Architectural Technology)