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Overview

Architectural Design Technology is an interdisciplinary course that blends architecture with building engineering, building technology and construction management. Our team of architects, architectural technologists, and engineers will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in this growing field. You will benefit from the contribution of architects and professionals from world-renown practices such as Foster and Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Make Architects, SOM, Rogers Stirk Harbour, ARUP, and Atkins.

The programme can be studied in either full-time (3 years or 4 years if you choose to do a placement year) or part-time mode (6 years). Apprenticeship routes have also been introduced in 16/17, in which employers within the construction sector have approached the University to offer Construction Design Management as an apprenticeship route on a part-time basis. Download our yearbook to see our former students' work.

The course has a strong grounding in design projects and is particularly recognisable by its ‘hands-on’ approach to architectural design. There is a strong focus on technical studies as well as computer software for Computer Aided Drawing (AutoCAD, Revit, BIM, Adobe Illustrator, Rhino), and building design and energy performance simulations (Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), and Design Builder). We have world class laboratories and workshops including digital and robotic manufacture (laser cutters, 3D printers, robotic arm). 

What makes this course different

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Placement

Optional placement year available

Silver cup

Ranked 2nd

Our Architecture courses are ranked second in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

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CIAT accredited

Upon graduating, you are eligible to apply for a CIAT professional status. The course is also professionally accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings.

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Great location

Our location and partnering with world-leading practices and companies enable us to create opportunities for you to be involved with real-life projects and developments, augmenting your career opportunities.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Much of your learning will focus on project work, and you’ll sometimes be expected to work as part of a multidisciplinary team (with architects, civil engineers, construction managers) to emulate how projects are completed in industry. The course adopts a ‘hands-on approach’ to learning through which you will learn to design and evaluate the technological factors that produce the most efficient building designs.

You’ll learn a variety of physical model making techniques and workshop skills, using a range of media (hand drawing, models, and computer software) to develop your ideas and create project proposals. You’ll also learn how to manage a project from conception to completion, taking into account sustainability aspects as well as regulatory and technical aspects. 

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Techniques for Designing

    This module introduces students to a set of tools for designing (materials, methods, attitudes and techniques) involved in design generally in both 2&3D. It aims to develop the student’s confidence and ability to use a range of methods and media in exploring, developing and presenting their ideas clearly and effectively, as well as an ability to evaluate and rework their output in response to feedback in terms of its technical, craft and aesthetic qualities. Briefs are introduced so that design ideas are explored both individually and in groups. These aim to introduce a suitable work ethic and the practise of design as an iterative process, and to support experiment and trial and error, through short design orientated projects and exercises that build confidence and competence.

    This module works in partnership with the Design Project module (AR3002) in that it prepares students for exploring & practising the potential of selected media, materials, methods and techniques used in the development of their own design work in Design Project module (AR3002).

    The module introduces safe and appropriate workshop practice.

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    Design Project

    The module aims to provide students with a broad, varied, stimulating range of projects that introduce them to the skills, processes and practices involved in making design projects. The module intends to facilitate students to develop a critical, disciplined and productive approach to the act of designing and to support independent thinking, making and communicating.

    This open ended interpretive and longer individual projects allow for fostering a personal perspective and sense of direction, reinforcing independence and commitment to generating and developing more self-motivated, innovative, enquiry based project work within a principal area of specialisation.

    Through completing design projects set in this module, students will develop and evolve their portfolio of work in a distinctive way that is evidence of increasing subject specificity and an ability to make an informed choice of progression pathway.

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    A&D Design Workshop

    This module introduces students to a broad range of Art and Design practical disciplines through a series of short workshop activities. It aims to develop the student’s confidence and ability to use a range of methods and materials by synthesizing methods and practice across art and design.

    This module supports Design Project module (AR3002) in that it prepares students for exploring selected media, materials, methods and techniques used in the development of their own design work.

    The module introduces safe and appropriate workshop practice.

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    Design Media

    This module introduces a variety of contemporary media techniques that are relevant to design and artistic practice in its widest sense.

    It aims to support the evolution of the creative habits of recording, collecting, documenting, reading, reworking and evaluating. It seeks to build broad understanding of the relationship between context and creative practice, first in analogue, then in digital formats. The complexity of the media employed and exercises set will increase as the module develops and depending on the ambition and skills of each student.

    The projects will be organised in both individual and groups, and that support students in learning to articulate & share ideas, work effectively in teams and at pace, and to be able and organise and deliver projects.

     

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    History and Theory

    The module introduces you to a basic understanding of History & Theory Studies in the subject of architecture and design, through engaging with selected histories and theories relevant to art, culture, technology and contemporary practice.

    The module prepares students for helping them to structure and plan their research work and their communication outputs, for further critical and theoretical work in higher education. 

    As a result, students will begin to acquire a range of basic skills in observation, research & reviewing methods, critical thinking, writing and communication.

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    Mental Wealth Professional Life

    Developing the key intellectual and practical skills, and the psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development prior to embarking on your university degree. It also aims to help to inform you about your future direction of study as well as providing useful insights into your potential and abilities. You will begin to recognise the areas for your own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process will be for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. You should also begin to acquire a range of skills in observation, research & reviewing methods, critical thinking, writing and communication.

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    The Built Environment

    The aim of the module is to appreciate the factors, organisation and professional disciplines involved in the planning, design, development and in-use of the built environment facility.

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    Construction Technology

    This module involves exploring the choices for materials, systems and techniques used in the construction of typical domestic and industrial/commercial building. The module also looks at building design and performance particularly with respect to the selection of materials for construction purposes. It also covers sustainability issues affecting the condition of existing buildings, and their maintenance and adaptation. It will also enable the development of spatial skills in producing and understanding graphical forms of communication used in construction.

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    Design Investigation 1

    The module aims to introduce students to the skills, processes and practices involved in a spatial design project. It engages students in a range of processes by means of which they can understand, think about and engage with the academic and practical design discipline of architectural design.

    The module enables students to develop an understanding of space and materials. It familiarises students with methods for fabricating models, prototypes, 2D and 3D drawings, sketches, diagrams, collage, photographs and mixed media representations, and to practice their use in generating and communicating ideas.

    The module supports experiment, trial and error through short projects and exercises that build confidence and competence. It introduces students to the role of representation in design and links with art practice as well as an understanding of the materials, processes and techniques that apply specifically to spatial design.

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    Design Integration 1

    This module provides an understanding of the climate and environment as an integral part of the design process. It seeks to help students develop an understanding of the role that environmental design plays in facilitating occupants’ satisfaction and comfort in the indoor environment.

    The module aims to create an awareness of the issues influencing the environmental and technical considerations of building design.

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    Technical Studies and Representation 1

    The module aims to prepare students for the task of visualising and communicating their work at all stages of its development, and setting their work in relation to the final design project Design Investigation, Design Resolution and Design Integration and the technical demands of the design proposal.

    In this regard, drawing ability is a necessary skill for observation, recording, analysis, visualisation, evaluation and communication of different technical aspects of the design project.

    This module aims to develop a student's repertoire of practical, technical and computer-aided skills that can keep pace with their growing knowledge of the design process.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having acquired understanding of the key developmental areas, students will have opportunity to pitch a small scale design project to a panel of practitioners, and be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

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    Tendering, Estimating and Cost Control

    To provide students with an introduction to financial control of construction projects and the procurement process by accessing knowledge based on information produced from tendering, estimating and financial procedures. Allow to enable students to understand deliverables, time constraints, budgets and to implement best value best practice

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    Contract Procedures

    To provide an understanding of the UK legal system, legal process, institutional structures in application to the construction process in terms of contract performance, obligations, tort and statutory requirements, in the professional environment of construction management, surveying and information management.

    To comprehend the legal obligations and procedures associated with contracts, letting, employment, equality, design, development and health and safety, and to apply legal principles to practical problems.

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    Design Investigation 2

    The module provides a forum for the student to develop a creative, inventive and productive design process in relation to a design project or projects. In particular to raise student awareness and understanding of the occupants and users and their physical, social and psychological needs through the design of both objects and environments at appropriate scales, as well as exploring key characteristics of design projects.

    There is a particular focus on investigations of site and context that may involve the gathering of empirical data, making analytical studies and conducting observations of people, place, context and materials that are appropriate to the project.

     

    By setting one design project, the module aims to engage with the practices, protocols and conventions that apply to the design and delivery of projects within the design and construction industry. The module fosters the development of a personal position and working methods as part of the attributes required by a professional architect.

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    Design Integration 2

    This module focuses on the application of knowledge of environmental principles into the student's design projects, using relevant methods of environmental strategies as part of the design process.

    The module aims to encourage integration of environmental design from the outset of a project, giving students the ability to reflect on appropriate environmental design strategies and explore these in a creative and rigorous manner.

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    Technical Studies and Representation 2

    The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to engage with the technical demands of the main design project in Design Investigation 2, Design Resolution 2 and Design Integration 2, and to represent this appropriately.

    This module builds upon and extends the knowledge, skills and understanding gained in Technical Studies and Representation 1 in that it continues to develop the student's repertoire of conceptual, practical, technical and computer-aided skills in order to be able to inform, support and describe their architectural design development.

    The module aims to:

    • Provide an overview of the principles of architectural structures, material construction and sustainable design.
    • Provide students with a range of representational and descriptive skills in order to record, analyse, visualise, develop, evaluate and communicate architectural design and observations.
    • Allow students to learn and apply representational skills to a design project across a range of drawing scales and details.
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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply several of the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 4 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    This module will help students develop: an understanding of job market forces and influences; required skills to enable them to make successful applications for a job in the architecture sector; effective representation in interviews; opportunities to gain work experience in an architectural practice (as a placement) to learn more about how to apply their knowledge and learning in practice.

    Through engagement with the Career Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Students will use a design project chosen and set by the academic staff. This may be a competition or a live project. In so doing, they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences they have learnt elsewhere

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    Project Management

    To further explore the disciplines, theories and tools associated with the successful project management and delivery of construction-related activities. To develop skills in establishing project requirement in terms of client / stakeholder needs; procurement of human and technical resources; planning and coordinating work and phase activities; motivating the team; monitoring cost and quality and managing change; delivering desired outcomes and gaining feedback.

    To discuss human resource management theories in construction-related project-based organisations, including issues associated with development of individual & group competences, creating effective project teams, the management of conflict, the role of stakeholders, and experiential learning.

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    Design Investigation 3

    The module consolidates skills and knowledge gained at Levels 4 and 5. Together with Design Resolution 3 and Design Integration 3 which requires highly detailed reflection on the integration of cultural, professional, technical and environmental issues within the design project, this set of 3 modules is intended to prepare students for independent practice, entry into the professional workplace, or for higher studies.

    Whilst improving a student’s practical skills and refining their ability to use them productively, the focus of this module is on developing a depth of knowledge and understanding about research and project development, appropriate to graduate level. It also aims to help students to offer evidence of self-management in respect of planning, monitoring, recording and evaluation within the portfolio work that is produced.

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    Design Integration 3

    This module builds on the knowledge gained from the two pre-requisites above. It further explores the role that key environmental variables inform a low energy building design. It helps students to reflect on appropriate environmental design strategies that respond to occupants’ needs, design brief, and climate.

    This module allows students to explore, identify and evaluate the interrelationships between the various environmental mechanisms and address them in a rigorous manner by developing design strategies that deliver comfortable environments for building users.

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    Integrated Technology

    This module establishes a student’s ability to integrate the key areas of their technical design knowledge within the context of the final design project Design Investigation 3 Design Resolution 3 and Design Integration 3.

    The module provides an overview of the necessary design skills required to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations.

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    Research in Practice

    This module develops student’s skills of independent academic research, review, analysis, argument and self-expression in a field of study. Students will explore their critical knowledge and understanding of research and develop their personal skills when managing a moderately large project. This module will enable students to integrate skills of analysis, judgment and communication in order to present results both orally and in the form of a structured scientific or philosophical thesis.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    This module will help provide: an overview of professional responsibilities of the profession, the regulations and procedures involved in the approval and construction of designs, and the relevant context of the construction industry; and a framework within which students practice the integration of Professional and Technical concerns within a design proposal.

    Through engagement with the Career Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Architectural design technology is a subject that could only be fully understood when you see how things works in practice, so you’ll go on many supervised site visits. Our superb connections with industry giants enable us to facilitate sponsored field-trips and real-live design projects that will allow you to experience architectural technology in action - not just in the classroom. We also host industry professionals who provide stimulating guest lectures and networking opportunities. At the end of the academic year, you’ll exhibit your work at our summer showcase. 

Students have benefited from trips to prestigious construction projects such as the Tate Modern Phase 2 Extension and the Canary Wharf Crossrail station. You will also have the opportunity to join the prestigious Constructionarium field trip where you’ll plan and partner with a major contractor - in recent years P.J.Careys - to build a real building in a real-life environment.  Each year there is an overseas study trip, where you get to learn from building technologies across the world. 

You’ll have opportunities to gain valuable work experience during the course to improve your practical skills, understanding and CV. If you take the work placement option, you’ll benefit from a year’s paid work with a relevant company in your third year. 

Guided independent study

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

Academic support

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. 
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

Workload

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.

The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

This is a practical course, so you’ll spend plenty of time in our Docklands-based design studios, labs and workshops using specialist software and technology.  Project work is assessed within a design portfolio and supporting studies in the form of a bound report. We provide students with feedback on their progress throughout the year during tutorials and reviews. Construction management components will be assessed by coursework and exams.

You’ll be expected to carry out your own independent study to expand on what you learn in lectures, seminars and workshops. To support you, we’ll provide digital materials, notes and handbooks and you’ll also receive individual supervision and feedback from our dedicated academic members of staff.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL’s assessment and feedback policy.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Arman Hashemi

Dr Hashemi is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology.

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As an Architectural Design Technology student, you need to think like an architect-designer and an engineer. Having to wear two hats is demanding and challenging. The effort is double, but the satisfaction is double as well.

Alexandra Ion

Architecture Design Technology, BSc (Hons)

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

By completing this course successfully, you are eligible to apply and receive an Associate member status of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (ACIAT). With appropriate work experience, you can then progress to become a chartered member of the CIAT (MCIAT) and set up your own practice.

With a degree in architectural design technology, you’ll be perfectly placed to provide the crucial link between architects and other professionals and managers in the construction industry. You will apply your expertise in building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. Because of your highly specialist skills, you’ll be involved in managing the design process and using your technical knowledge to come up with innovative solutions to problems.

As an architectural technologist, you have an excellent base for exploring a variety of employment opportunities and for further study related to architectural technology field. You could work for an architectural practice, a large construction company, a design consultancy or a local authority.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal