Bachelor of Science (Ord) BSc in Architectural Technology   DT105

  • Undergraduate
  • Level 7
  • 3 Years
  • Bolton Street
  • School of Dublin School of Architecture
  • College of Engineering and Built Environment

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What is Bachelor of Science (Ord) BSc in Architectural Technology?

As the building industry evolves in response to an ever changing and more complex technological world, and as the various building professions respond to these changes, the traditional role of an architectural technician producing working drawings under the direction of an architect is replaced by the Architectural Technologist who 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. As a technical designer, the Architectural Technologist plays a co-ordinating technical design role at the centre of the building design process. They should have an appreciation of the conceptual nature of the architectural design process, and should be able to work alongside the architect in applying technical design principles in the development of an architectural design. They will play a lead role in overseeing and co-ordinating the input to the design process of consultant structural and services engineers, and of specialist sub-contractors. In an architectural practice the architect relies on the technician/ technologist to develop planning application CAD drawings based on the architect's architectural design concept. The technician/technologist plays a lead role in developing the design to meet the detailed technical requirements of the building regulations and in preparing an application for a fire safety certificate. The technicians/technologists also plays a lead role in developing detailed drawings for tender purposes, and is actively involved in inspecting the works on site, playing a critically important co-ordination role between the design team and design sub contractors. The architectural technology programme is primarily studio-based where 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. Studio project work acts as a focus for the development of skills in three-dimensional problem solving. These skills include freehand drawing, hard line mechanical drawing, pencil overlay drawings and model making. Studio project work also allows the development of skills in CAD to produce both 2D hard line working drawings and 3D renderings. The presentation of studio projects in critiques (where students present their work to lecturers and fellow students) 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.

Students may be required to attend classes at locations across the Institute.

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