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Architectural Technology BSc Honours

Gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience to launch a career as a fully-fledged architectural technologist.
Code
W245
Start
September 2023
September 2023: EU/INT induction
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years with work placement
6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Homeira Shayesteh

Why study architectural technology with us

Our architectural technology degree combines architecture, civil engineering, services engineering, environmental science and building information modelling to give you the insight, skills and experience to succeed in the most heavily demanded areas of construction.

Gaining first-hand experience of transforming conceptual designs and drawings into practical building projects, you’ll get to grips with the latest technologies, industry software and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques. Access to on-campus facilities will be dependent on any Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.

You’ll also learn new methodologies, develop your creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and communication skills, and have the chance to work on real-life projects – in the UK and abroad – to gain a broad understanding of the full project management process. Opportunities will be dependent on access arrangements taking into account any Covid-19 related restrictions at the time.

You’ll graduate with the skills to enter a diverse range of roles in both the private and public sectors of construction. Our graduates have gone on to become BIM managers, lead designers, information managers, project managers and consultants – and some have even set up their own architectural design practices.

Build your architectural skills

You’ll have the opportunity to build your professional portfolio by taking part in some of the industry’s most prestigious events and competitions – both in the UK and internationally (taking into account any Covid-19 related restrictions). You’ll also get to showcase your work to industry professionals in our final year degree show.

You’ll get one-on-one support throughout your studies, and our series of guest lecturers also gives you access to some of the industry’s most influential professionals.

You’ll collaborate with us to put your new skills into practice through real-world construction and infrastructure projects. Our students are currently leading the way on our MDX Pavilion: a major new project to create a sustainably-designed learning, event, community and well-being space on our campus.

We’ll give you the flexibility to study over three years (full-time), four years (with a paid, year-long work placement), or six years (part-time). You’ll also be able to get a bursary worth up to 50% if you decide to continue your studies with our MSc BIMM course.

Get the support you need to succeed

While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.

This course was runner-up in The Guardian University Awards for Teaching Excellence.

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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. Placements will be dependent on employer availability taking into account any Covid-19 related restrictions.

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

    • Design Communication & Architectural Technology – (60 credits)

      The module aims to identify what architectural technology is and provides in relation to practice and employment, by displaying an awareness of the design and technological theories that inform and influence the practice of architectural technology. The module also aims to develop your ability to generate design ideas based on available information and data; and present a coherent and engaging representation of design ideas.

    • Building Materials, Structures & Services – (30 credits)

      This module will cover the basics of how structural systems and material selections of a building related to the fundamental aspects of architectural design. You will explore and develop an intuitive understanding of how heating, cooling, and lighting affect people and the technical design of buildings.

    • Architectural Technology in Context – (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide a detailed understanding of how technological theories and innovations influence architecture throughout history by gathering relevant information. It provides an awareness of the context and the political, economic, environmental, social, and technological aspect that inform and influence architectural technology.

    • Building Information Modeling – (15 credits)

      This module aims to provide a detailed understanding of BIM technologies that are used by individuals, businesses, and government agencies during planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of diverse buildings. It provides foundational knowledge by first exploring the principles of BIM and the role it plays in modern architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) projects. Then, learn about the benefits of BIM through showcasing real-world examples.

  • Year 2

    • Design Evaluation & Architectural Technology – (30 credits)

      This module builds on the Design Communication & Architectural Technology module. You will extend your understanding of architectural design and technology and apply all knowledge and skills acquired during your first year. You'll apply BIM workflows and sustainable design principles to a medium-level complexity project evaluating environmental impact of their design decisions. This will allow you to evaluate issues associated with detailing and construction assembly in relation to building regulations and fire safety.

    • Building Science, Energy & Environment – (30 credits)

      This module will cover evaluate, determine and integrate appropriate technologies and advanced building systems. Students will utilise existing technologies to create market-feasible high-performance green buildings through effective communication and interaction with multi-disciplinary professionals.

    • Professional & Ethical Practice & Management – (30 credits)

      This module aims to unpack the role of an architectural technologist from professional practice and management point of view. It focuses on what professionalism mean and the importance of ethical practice and code of conduct in architectural technology. It provides an understanding of the business processes influencing practice including political, economic, societal, technological, environmental, and legal. It further introduces the fundamental building blocks of relationship between parties through appointments and administration of construction contracts.

    • Digital Construction & Collaboration – (30 credits)

      The module aims for provide a detailed understanding of how building information modelling (BIM) can be used to design and collaborate in a Common Data Environment (CDE). It focuses on application of the ISO 19650 standards in a project and enables you to define a Pre and Post - Appointment BIM Execution Plan (BEP) central to using BIM technologies and tools to collaborate across disciplines.

  • Year 3

    • Design Integration & Architectural Technology – (60 credits)

      This module builds on knowledge and skills gained in modules Design Communication & Architectural Technology and Design Evaluation & Architectural Technology. It aims to provide a platform for integration of all learning into a project culminating all aspects design, technology, management and practice. You will advance your understanding of architectural design and technology by applying all knowledge and skills acquired during your first and second year. You'll utilise BIM workflows, innovative technologies and sustainable and inclusive design principles to a high-level complexity project evaluating environmental and social impact of your design decisions. This will allow you to integrate solutions associated with detailing and construction systems, services and assembly in relation to building regulations and fire safety.

    • Sustainable & Inclusive Built Environment – (30 credits)

      The module aims to teach you how to criticise design and construction process and systems efficiency, effectiveness for economic environmental sustainability and impact. Also create, complete and evaluate sustainable and inclusive design projects, systematic reviews of case studies, informed by current understandings in the discipline and using sustainability analysis tools, concepts and software. Furthermore, this module aims to perform appraisal of different building types and propose solutions to perform alterations, adaptations and refurbishments to monitor, enhance or transform an existing condition or conditions.

    • Research and Innovation in Practice – (30 credits)

      The module will link theoretical research with real-life applications or in-depth industry case-studies. You will develop further on their problem analysis skills and planning strategies for articulating an innovative research topic related to Architectural Technology. Meanwhile, enhancing your ability to monitor, evaluate and improve own effective time and research project management skills.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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  3. Additional costs

Our students recently took a field trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales to get hands-on experience with renewable energy sources and eco-friendly building materials.

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. Our course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology; studying on a CIAT Accredited Programme will support you in becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT.

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.

  • Kinga Krassoy

    BSc Architectural Technology

    Middlesex University is the only place to offer this course in the UK and is unique in incorporating building information modelling (BIM) in all modules, which is a new approach to project management in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. The department here has a wide range of national and international partnerships which students can make use for their placements. The four-day field trip to Wales has definitely been my highlight so far because it provided us with real life insights.

    The university atmosphere is so diverse, and campus is so modern. I am inspired in every way to make the most of my time here. The facilities are also amazing; from 3D printing and laser cutting to prototyping workshops and using the latest software, we are constantly learning by doing. There is a 24-hour library, catering for individual study needs.

    I work and study at the same time at an architectural glass company in Hampstead, which compliments the content of the course. After this, I would like to pursue an MSc in Building Information Modelling.


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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