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Architectural Technology BSc Honours

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Code
W245
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years with work placement
6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Noha Saleeb

This course presents architectural technology as a discrete discipline and brings together aspects of architecture, civil engineering, services engineering, environmental science and building information modelling in a practical and industry-focused degree.

Why study BSc Architectural Technology at Middlesex University?

Designed to provide a range of skills increasingly in demand in the technical arenas of construction, urban planning and architecture, this Architectural Technology degree provides an alternative route into high-end roles within these industries.

The degree focuses on both creating architectural form/function, and also understanding how modern buildings work - turning conceptual designs and drawings into a practical building project. Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques are used in all aspects of the programme, and you will be introduced to new, efficient and lean methodologies in construction technologies, processes, people, policies and standards.

You will develop sought-after workplace skills in project management – including costing, scheduling, resourcing, quality and risk assessment, legislations and legal issues, facilities maintenance and operations. These skills are enhanced through real-life projects with our partnerships in industry in UK and abroad.

The course teaches skills in creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, communication, and state-of-the-art technologies. Complementary modules cover structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering; plumbing, audio systems, heating and lighting, and analysing sustainable energy and environmental solutions.

Course highlights

  • Learn from University staff who are industry professionals and practitioners in architecture, engineering disciplines, sustainability and managerial positions, as well as guest lecturers who are gurus in their respective fields
  • Work with university and industry lecturers on real-world construction and infrastructure projects
  • Use the latest architectural, engineering and graphic design software
  • Enter national and international design competitions to build your personal portfolio
  • Showcase your work in our final-year degree show, sharing your designs and ideas with industry employers
  • One-on-one supervision throughout the whole programme from lecturers and specialist technicians
  • Study full-time over three years, over four years with a sandwich work placement year, or part-time over six years.
  • Continue your studies with our MSc BIM course is available for postgraduate study, with bursaries worth up to 50% available for graduates

What will you study on the BSc Architectural Technology?

This is a three or four year degree, depending on an optional industry placement year. It can also be studied part-time over six years. The work placement year takes place between the second and third years of the degree.

If the course is studied part-time only two modules are studied per year, following the same order of the full-time course.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Building Technology & Architecture Design 1 (CAD) - (30 credits)

      This module introduces concept design, form and function, technical drawing, detailing, data formats, and conflict resolution (software). You will also use CAD, BIM and architectural graphics, architectural sketching and drawing.

    • Architectural Theory, History & Communication - (30 credits)

      This module covers the history of architecture, ontologies, forms, functions, concepts, exterior and interior design schools, developing client briefs, programmes, testing design solutions, assessing and challenging client and user requirements.

    • Structural Design, Building Pathology and Electro-Mechanical Engineering Services - (30 credits)

      This module covers the selecting construction and structural methods, technology, design, physics, form, and behaviour services. You will also explore planning work activities and resources, soil mechanics, building services, MEP, lighting, heating, acoustics design, and energy performance.

    • Engineering Skills Development, Ethics and Regulation - (30 credits)

      This module will help you with identifying personal development needs, working within teams, interdisciplinary collaboration, and operating in a professional manner and conduct. It will also cover planning and building regulations, standards, legislation's, and managing project handover covered by property and environmental law.

  • Year 2

    • Building Technology & Architecture Design 2 (BIM) - (30 credits)

      This module will cover advanced design for accessibility and special users, investigating, analysing and selecting detailed design solutions, technical detailing, and data exchange, conflict resolution (software) using BIM. It will also explore 3D computer aided design (CAD), visualisation, model making and applications.

    • Design Analysis & Sustainability - (30 credits)

      This module will allow you to evaluate resources and assess environmental impact as well as environmental science, climatic context, design and services, and environmental performance of buildings. You’ll be able to present project designs, advising on their selection and making recommendations for preparing detailed designs.

    • Technical Specification, Surveying & Information Management - (30 credits)

      This module will give you the skills to specify technical and performance requirements, evaluation metrics, investigative diagnostics, testing, building components, and systems for building typologies. You’ll also be able to select and evaluate survey requirements and development factors, and understand information management techniques.

    • Business Processes & Procurement Management - (30 credits)

      This module will cover the social, economic, business and commercial and legal context of procuring and evaluating estimates, bids and tenders and agreeing contracts as well as the procurement procedures and forms of contract - using BIM. You’ll gain an understanding in control contract quality, progress and costs.

  • Year 3

    • Research Dissertation - (30 credits)

      This module will allow you to develop analytical methods, integrated practice research methodology, and you’ll gain detailed independent study of architectural technology. You’ll be able to assess and advise on regulatory control, consent requirements and legal constraints.

    • Collaborative practices and Health & Safety Management - (30 credits)

      In this module, you will be forming design teams and establishing their workflows, roles and responsibilities as per BIM. You’ll gain business and management skills as well as an understanding in national and international dimension, risk and hazard assessment and management, quality assurance and control, and waste management. You will be also be able to manage health and building control, and fire engineering.

    • Advanced Materials and Building Adaptation - (30 credits)

      This module will cover ecological footprints, building fabric and materials, embodied energy, low-zero carbon buildings, and construction materials technology. You will explore testing, specification and procurement from manufacturers including assessing, appraising condition of property, conversion, and adaptation of buildings.

    • Project Management and Performance Evaluation - (30 credits)

      In this module, you will be evaluating project feedback, recommending improvements, and specifying maintenance information and guidance. You will explore building and environmental conservation, appreciation, refurbishment, handover, and post occupancy evaluation. You will also be able to integrate, control and evaluate design documentation as well as gain an understanding in project vs. construction management, cost analysis, and time scheduling.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Architectural Technology support your career?

This course prepares you to work in diverse positions in the construction sector, both public and private, as architectural technologists, architectural designers, architectural engineers, BIM modellers, BIM coordinators and site coordinators.

Graduates may go on to become BIM managers, lead designers, information managers, project managers, consultants or set up their own architectural design practices.

Career options also include work within architectural practices, construction organisations, housing associations, local authorities, legislation and building authorities, central and local government, with property developers, processing and manufacturing industries, research and academia, energy sectors, conservation, conversion, maintenance, management, new build, restoration, retrofit or re-use projects.

We will support your career ambitions by helping you develop a professional portfolio, CV and career entry plan through one-on-one supervision. You will also have access to our Employability Service during and after your degree.

As a student you will have access to a wide range of industry-standard equipment, including:

  • State-of-the-art CAD Studio equipped with high-end Apple Mac workstations for all kinds of digital media - from 3D modelling, simulations, video editing to 3D graphics and music composition
  • All equipment and software is industry-standard, including: Autodesk suite, Adobe Creative Suite; virtual reality, energy and environmental simulation tools
  • Surveying equipment, 3D laser scanners, Wacom Cintiqs for digital drafting
  • Spacious design labs, studios and workshops with large mobile workstations for individual and group design work
  • Laser cutting, water jet cutters, 5 Dimensional milling machines, CAM-CAD lathes, welding equipment, large CNC Router and milling, perspex oven, vacuum-formers, 3D printers for rapid prototyping
  • CMM reverse engineering to allow metal, wood, plastics, timber, fabric and glass fabrication and modelling capabilities
  • Hundreds of PCs and Macs on campus, free WiFi, printing, scanning and photocopying free for university work
  • Free 'laptops for loan' service for students.

Dr Homeira Shayesteh
Module leader

Dr Shayesteh joined Middlesex University in March 2017 and is currently part of the academic team for BIM Management MSc, and Architectural Technology BSc programmes. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL where she studied and worked prior to joining Middlesex from 2001 to 2017. She was part of the delivery team of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 3 strategy with the UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills, contributing to the Digital Built Britain government strategy document. Her research interest lies in applied data-driven approaches to sustainable architecture, urbanism and from the users' point of view.

Dr Tong Yang
Module leader

Dr Yang joined the academic team for BIM Management MSc, and Architectural Technology BSc programmes in June 2016.  As a Chartered Engineer and Committee member for the CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group, she is engaged in effective communication between academics and practical professionals, and promoting state-of-art building science and technology through international collaboration.

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