Architectural technologists are specialists in the science of architecture, building design and construction. They work closely with architects and help to turn the architect's concept into reality in the completed construction. Concerned with the technical side of design, they ensure that an attractive functional building performs successfully.
They ensure the right materials are used and that building regulations are met. They also monitor quality assurance, costs and deadlines and will help to lead projects from conception through to completion.
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Why choose this course
- We have a unique progression from pre-degree, BSc to MSc and research degrees which engages directly with employability and solutions for industrial issues.
- The School is embedded in Wales’s construction industry with close links to industrial organisations e.g. RIBA, CIOB, RICS, CABE, CITB, and currently investigating accreditation from CIAT.
- Centre of excellence and innovation for Wales and the South West (CWIC).
- Direct links and projects with TRADA.
- Live sustainable construction projects with Down to Earth.
- Practitioners from industry teaching as Lecturers with a high level of experience.
- High rates of employability rates amongst our students after their studies.
- Cross-disciplinary teaching and research for the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
- MSc programmes in Property and Facilities Management, Sustainable Construction and Environmental Conservation and Management.
What you will learn
These programmes in Architectural Technology are concerned with buildings and their performance.
The discipline centres on building design and specification; it also embraces project management, legal, cultural, historic and economic factors as well as environmental issues.
The aims of the awards are to:
- enable you to assess accurately a range of technological problems whilst delivering appropriate pragmatic solutions
- provide an in-depth understanding of the technical, economic, legal and organisational aspects embraced within the Architectural Technology profession
- equip you with a range of skills as required by technologists either whilst working in professional practice or within large organisations.
These programmes contains certain modules that are delivered in common with other related programmes within the School i.e. Architecture, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, Project and Construction Management etc. but only where these provide the essential foundations or there is a need for an inter-disciplinary approach to be taken as is common within the built environment professional discipline areas.
- Fundamentals of Construction Technology
- Soft Skills, Contract & Legal Responsibilities within the Built Environment
- Working with Digital Technologies & BIM
- Material Science and Building Services
- Architecture Studio 1A
- Architecture Studio 1B
- Modern and Traditional Construction: Managing the Design and construction process
- Architectural Studio 2A
- Architectural Studio 2C
- Project Control & Contract Administration
- Profession and Business 1
- Architecture Studio 3B
- Individual Research Project
- Integrated Group Project
- Advanced Construction & Civil Engineering Technology
- Advanced Building Services and Environmental Design
Assessments used within these Programmes are normally formative or summative. In the former assessment is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses.
Typically, such assessment will take the form of practical exercises where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities.
Traditional formal time-constrained assessment is by means of tests and examinations, normally of two-hour duration. Examinations are a traditional method of verifying that the work produced is the students’ own work.
To help authenticate student coursework, some modules require that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the lecturer to monitor progress. Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session.
Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning.
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Architectural Technology (BSc)
You will need 96 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (240 UCAS tariff points)
Architectural Technology (HND)
You will need 96 UCAS Tariff points from A-levels or their equivalent (240 UCAS tariff points)
An alternative to A levels
Successful completion of an appropriate Access Course
Professional vocational experience
We particularly welcome mature students with relevant vocational or even voluntary experience in the environment sector. The requirements for entry will vary depending on your background. Sometimes we may ask you to take an Access course to prepare you for study, or we may accept you based on your experience alone.
If you have a passion for the environment but a non-standard educational background please do feel free to contact us to discuss your place.
These programmes combine academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies. It will expose you to the educational requirements necessary to embrace the very highest industry standards and entails developing your knowledge and skills of conservation and restoration technologies, as well as legal, and management areas relevant to all buildings.
It will prepare you for work as a building conservationist and apply for membership of leading built environment professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT), the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the Chartered Institute of Building. In addition to the professional and technical skills specific to building conservation; presentation, communication and team working skills so essential in everyday business, are covered.
Students will be provided with large format A1 printing options, but there will be a requirement to purchase materials and equipment for making models in the architecture studio modules along with sketch books and drawing equipment. The value of these items is entirely dependent on the students own requirements.
- Building Surveying
- Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
- Environmental Conservation
- BSc Project & Construction Management
- Quantity Surveying
Dr Juan A. Ferriz Papi, Senior Lecturer: PhD Building, Technology, Research and Development
"The BREEAM assessment is one of the key sustainable assessments for the construction industry that is world-wide recognised. The BREEAM UK New Building Construction Assessment is taught inside the Architectural Technology programme. This gives our Architectural Technology students the opportunity to improve their understanding of sustainable construction assessment and to improve the options of employability, not only as a BREEAM assessor but also achieving the skills to deal with sustainability assessments as part of design teams and management."
Shane Elderfield, Architectural Technology, BSc(Hons)
"I chose to do Architectural Technology because I wanted to get off-site and move into a more technical area using CAD / 3D Design. We have had the opportunity to work on live projects, such as our ideas for space within a local Community Church, looking at building regulation compliance and carrying out surveys to check conditions. When you visit a place it is easier to understand the theory learned in lectures - it would also be difficult to tell where, for example, the graves are when putting services in without visiting the site and taking your own photographs. It has made the learning relevant and learning from lecturers with teaching experience and areas of expertise makes it more relevant again."