BSc ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
BSC ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY combines specialisms in the technological, environmental, material and detailing decisions necessary to solve architectural design problems from conception to completion. It requires complex understanding of design processes, architectural composition, development, construction technology and management tools, and the effective communication of design information.
We have relished the opportunity to return to studio teaching on campus. In the Architectural Technology studio this year, our 1st Year students (AT1) were introduced to the design development process through a live project for a Children’s Hospice in
Kent. 2nd Year students (AT2) engaged in a community project at a renowned landmark in Peckham with passive design a priority; and 3rd Year students (AT3) met with clients at a community-led bouldering facility to understand their brief for a larger mixed use complex in the Stratford Olympic Park.
AT1 students undertake 6no. 20 credit modules at Level 4 across architecture and construction, including Design Principles, Design Practice, Technologies of Architecture, Building Science, Construction Technology and Project Procurement. Students were introduced to the design development process through a live project for a Children’s Hospice in Kent involving research into accessible design and enivornmental testing of passive daylighting strategies through model making.
The project explores how to engage the community to develop the Peckham Arch area into a facility that serves the local community.
Third Year Students developed proposals for a leisure facility (climbing gym) and co-working space, to be located on a vacant lot, once part of the 2012 Olympic Park. Following on from a site visit and investigation, students were able to try out the sport and meet with the ‘client’. Students developed ideas via sketching and model making, culminating in the first semester with the development of a concept, general arrangement drawings, and design and access statement. In the second semester students developed technical solutions, working drawings and detail drawings. Key elements were the design of a dynamic and engaging internal space with reference to the practical requirements of the client. Also, substantial floor to ceiling heights and a visually impactful building when viewed from passing trains on the adjacent railway. Consideration and technical development of passive and energy efficiency strategies were also key to this project and students were required to address each of the eight criteria forming the UOW Sustainability Design Principles.Read More...
AT3 Bouldering Facility Project, Stratford, by Aaron Philogene