An Architectural Technology degree requires a creative, insightful mind and can help you progress to a stimulating and fulfilling career.
Architectural technology brings together the disciplines of architectural design and construction technology – creating, planning and managing manage building projects that not only look aesthetically pleasing, but also incorporate sound structural, environmental and construction aspects within their design.
This course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), prepares you to play a pivotal role in the construction industry – one of the world’s largest and most influential industries – as an architectural or building technologist.
This course aims to prepare you to provide technical and aesthetic contributions to building projects, making sure that designs are buildable, durable, sustainable, economical and easy to maintain.
As such, you will cover a broad range of topics and develop skills and expertise important to all construction professions: architectural design, technical knowledge and understanding, communication, problem solving and personal development.
We place an emphasis on the architectural design process, the cultural and economic environment in which development takes place, building performance analysis and the construction technologies available to achieve sustainable building solutions. You will also be given a solid grounding in the drawing and modelling of architectural forms, together with the research techniques to assess materials and components.
Why choose this course?
If you are creative and like architecture, design, drawing, IT and problem solving, then a career in architectural technology may be right for you.
Architectural technologists are involved in developing some of the world’s most iconic structures. As an expert in the science and technology of architecture, you should be able to bring buildability, durability, sustainability and performance to enhance your designs, then oversee the work to make them become reality.
During this professionally accredited course, we will cover the study of architectural design, construction technology and a range of multidisciplinary integrated projects to help prepare you for your future as a specialist in building design and construction.
We provide opportunities for you to be inspired by historic and contemporary architectural projects on fieldtrips here in the UK and abroad. Recent students have undertaken fully funded trips to London and Rome, as well as subsidised visits to Cardiff and Barcelona.
Our facilities include the Coventry University Simulation Centre, which is the most advanced interactive people training and development centre in the UK, as well as studios and laboratories equipped with the latest versions of 2D, 3D and CAD visualisation software, building information management (BIM) software and building performance analysis programs,
We enjoy excellent links with the industry including Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist, Chartered Institute of Building, TRADA and the BRE many of whom provide direct input into course development as members of our Building Advisory Board. You could also gain involvement with the construction community through networking and placement opportunities, which can enhance your employment prospects on graduation.
You will be taught by staff with academic and professional experience in architectural practice, civil engineering and the construction industry. We also have a strong portfolio of industry-related research, particularly in the areas of low carbon building technology, sustainable construction materials and engineering education, which ensures you stay abreast of new technologies and emerging issues.
International experience opportunities
Construction is a global industry with the demand for building professionals overseas set to rise dramatically. The United Nations has identified nine countries, which will account for half the world’s population growth between now and 2050: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the US, Indonesia and Uganda.
The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which architecture takes place, which gives an international perspective to your studies and future career. For example, we draw on case studies such as the ancient and modern architecture of Rome or Gaudi in Barcelona.
You will have the opportunity to go on at least one fully university funded study trip overseas to look at architecture and building design outside the UK. Recent destinations have included Rome in Italy and Barcelona in Spain.
If you opt for a sandwich year, you can spend time studying abroad; we currently have links with other universities in Malaysia, Oman, Canada, France, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands, which provide opportunities for student and staff exchanges and joint student projects.
As an Architectural Technology graduate from Coventry University, you will be perfectly suited to architectural practice, although many students use their extensive transferrable skills to move into BIM management, construction contracts and development, planning departments, interior design or the oil and gas industries, along with many other final destinations.