About the course
Are you practically minded? Do you enjoy being creative, and do you have a vision for the buildings and cityscapes of the future? Our Architectural Technology degree could help you on your way towards a dynamic and fulfilling career. You’ll have the chance to gain a thorough understanding of construction and develop some sought-after skills too.
The University of Huddersfield was established as a pioneer in the field of architectural technology, being the first University to run an Architectural Technology Honours degree course that was accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) in 1996 and, more recently, received full accreditation by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). This course is part of our integrated suite of architecture and built environment courses, which has great links with the sector in the region.
The course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of construction techniques and architectural detailing. The aim is for you to be able to apply your expertise in architectural technologies to the design of cost-efficient and sustainable buildings. So you’ll have the opportunity to develop your creativity while understanding the materials, components, structural systems and environments behind the world’s best buildings.
We’ll look at every stage of a construction project, from the development of the client brief through to design, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of build assets. You’ll be able to build your leadership skills too, as well as skills in Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) from world-leading industry practitioners and academics.
You’ll have the chance to work on projects with peers ranging across disciplines like Architecture, Construction Project Management, Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying. All with the aim of enabling you to gain the skills you need to work in collaborative multidisciplinary teams across the globe.
During my degree I've had the opportunity to work with a variety of softwares, design methods and techniques to build a broad range of skills. I have also been given the freedom and time to develop my own working method and design philosophy, which I can apply to working life.
Hassan Shah, Architectural Technology BSc(Hons) 2016 graduate
This module will introduce the overall construction business to you. The content is structured into three distinctive, but interrelated areas, namely, business at industry level, business at project level and business at individual level.
Environmental Science and Services
Services in buildings facilitate interactions between the building and its internal and external environments. As such, buildings should be equipped with appropriate services to make those habitable. The current global drive for sustainable environments demands that the modern services in buildings should focus on providing comfortable living environments to building occupants through the most sustainable means. This module provides an opportunity to explore the concepts and relevant technologies in building services and their links with environmental sciences within the context of current sustainability agenda.
Introduction to Digital Technology in Construction
The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the digital technologies in construction, with a focus on the applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The module will start from the traditional Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications, such as 2D and 3D CAD, and continue to the latest development of BIM, including 4D and 5D BIM. The concept of nD modelling will also be introduced together with other emerging technologies including robotics, laser scanning and 3D printing, which are used in the construction industry worldwide.
Digital Design 1
This module focuses on the practical application of materials, components and systems to small-scale structures and buildings. It also aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply technology to the design process along with a developing understanding of the importance of architectural detailing in conjunction with appropriate construction methods. This module aims to support the exploration and communication of ideas in a variety of forms appropriate to architectural technology as well as enabling you to develop your communication skills. The module will facilitate the development of presentation skills in all forms from spoken presentations at tutorials to the preparation of suitable drawings and models of carefully detailed components.
Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology
This module introduces three parallel strands of Architectural Technology: Structures Through an exploration of structural equilibrium and the assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements, the module will discuss the properties of building materials and the implications for element design. Buildings Fabric Design Common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound and aesthetic constructions will be explained and exemplified. Common failures in materials and assemblies will be highlighted. Environmental Design A building’s fabric and services combine to create an internal environment that the occupants find comfortable and pleasurable. This extends to physiological (and psychological), thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. You will consider how responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised to provide the internal conditions necessary for comfort. All of the above topics will be considered in relation to sustainable design necessary for protecting internal, local and global environments for both current and future generations. On-line multi choice test of one hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%
The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and enable you to perform the Building Surveying related tasks in the context of a team based project. It offers you the experience of team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. The project will allow you to practice and further develop both Building Surveying specific and generic key skills required by a built environment professional and encourage self-reflection and enable you to further develop a personal development plan that aligns your learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of professional institutions.
Technology 2: Integrated Technology
The module develops your understanding of technological innovation in architecture in relation to the three parallel strands of Structures, Building Fabric Design and Environmental Design. Structures You will explore the use of a variety of materials and assemblies and consider their behaviour under gravity and lateral loading. Different foundations and earth-retaining structures will be introduced and methods for the assessment of stability will be developed. You will be introduced to the principles of designing structural members subject to bending and axial loading and the principles of elastic behaviour in structural members of any cross-section. Building Fabric Design You will consider more advanced construction techniques and building systems and you will extend and develop your technical vocabulary, your appreciation of natural and synthetic material elements, and the principles and techniques of their transformation into objects and components used in the assembly of buildings and building components. Environmental Design You will develop further the consideration of psychological and physiological, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the affects on building occupants. Because of the close relationship between environmental systems, energy consumption and the health and wellbeing of a building’s occupants, issues of sustainability will be considered at all stages. In particular you will focus on the range of environmental control systems found in buildings and how these affect our interaction with the spaces we inhabit and the artefacts and services we use. General services used to provide safety and facility in buildings will be considered such as mechanical movement, electrical and drainage systems. On-line multi choice test of hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%.
Digital Design 2
The aim of the module is to provide you the opportunity to develop advanced skills in digital modelling, analysis and simulation and the competence to work in a BIM based digital environment for any construction project. The module will start from conceptual design collaboration, BIM based computational design and continue to the multidisciplinary design coordination and 4D construction simulation. It will cover the key digital design technologies in every stage of a construction project.
Applied Architectural Technology 2
This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of architectural technology and construction techniques and aims to provide an integrated approach to design with particular emphasis on the relationship between forms, structures, building fabric and environmental science. The project based nature of the module provides you with an opportunity to explore construction law, regulations and procurement options along with the related contractual arrangements. You will appreciate the influence of different client priorities on the construction procurement process and will also observe the roles, responsibilities and contractual obligations of the stakeholders of the construction industry, and related legislative frameworks. The module also introduces you to the relationship between cost and specifications through an examination of industry’s standard method of measurement, and how to specify materials for tender and construction purposes.
School of Art and Design Placement
You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).
In this module you will consolidate the prior learning in technical, professional and managerial subjects to attain a level of preparedness for professional practice and career development. In part, this is a response to the requirements of built environment professional institutions where the future practitioners are expected to have a fuller understanding and awareness of business and commercial matters and the enterprise characteristics of their chosen profession.
In this module you will be given an introduction to the legal framework and approaches associated with the conservation of buildings. The module will introduce the causes and nature of building defects likely to occur in a range of contemporary and traditional buildings. Supplemented by a substantial amount of background reading, you will develop the skills needed to understand problematic material-based issues that arise in various types of construction.
Sustainable Design and Construction
Carbon emissions, sustainability and energy efficiency are current key concerns worldwide. Construction industry and the built environment are among the biggest contributors to Carbon emissions and consumes significant amounts of energy on a daily basis; hence considering environmental impact and driving the sustainability agenda hit high within the construction industry agenda. Within this context, one of contemporary roles of the Architectural Technologist and Building Surveyor is to promote sustainability in new construction designs and improve the existing building stock where possible and appropriate. Accordingly, this module will aim to further develop your ability to comprehensively recognise the principles of sustainability in construction and their application in design and construction. With that, you will be able to reinforce and appreciate your understanding of the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.
Major Project Dissertation
This module provides you with an opportunity to lead investigation into an area of the Built Environment that is of enough interest to you to support a piece of work of this magnitude. You must choose and define the topic, research relevant information (either primary or secondary), set that information in the context of an appropriate intellectual framework, draw relevant conclusions, and write up and submit the dissertation in the approved format. A support lecture programme and an individual dissertation supervisor will be provided.
Digital Design 3
The role of the Architectural Technologist is enhanced by learning advanced digital tools. In this module, you will have the opportunity to further develop your skills and knowledge of the digital technologies used by architectural technologists in the communication of design and construction information. Such technologies include, for example, virtual reality, augmented reality, photogrammetry, unmanned aerial vehicles and 3D scanning technologies.
You will be taught through a series of lectures and tutorials and your assessment will include coursework, presentations and exams.
23% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
BBBat A Level or equivalent
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
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