Two architectural technology students shortlisted in international competition finals
Date Article Written:
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Two GMIT Architectural Technology students, Declan Moran from Killanin, Co Galway, and Gerard Fay from Drung, Co Cavan, have won places in the finals of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT) Student Architectural Technology (AT) Awards, which will take place in Shoreditch, London on 14 September (2018).
This international competition is organized by the CIAT, who are one of two professional bodies representing Architectural Technologists in the Republic of Ireland. The Student AT Awards are open to CIAT members studying full time or part-time on an undergraduate programme in Architectural Technology (or related subject) and must not hold any construction related professional qualification. It is open to all Architectural Technology students worldwide.
Mary Rogers, Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (FRIAI), Head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering, says: “The Architectural Technologist is a highly skilled technical professional within the construction industry. As contemporary building design evolves, the role of the Architectural Technologist has become central to the construction process. Buildings are constructed within a changing technical environment requiring ever increasing specialization”.
Declan's research covers an analysis of current building regulations, technical guidance documents and best practice guidelines pertaining to equal-ability access.
Gerard’s project investigates three deep retrofit options for the roof upgrade of a protected structure to achieve EnerPhit Standard and analyses three technical design solutions and their subsequent thermal and hygrothermal effect
The two students were supervised by Irene Hayden MCIAT, Siobhaun Cawley and Louise Tynan, lecturers on the Technical Design Report Module in the final year of the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree course in GMIT. Irene Hayden says: “This is an international award and a huge achievement for both students to be named as finalists. It is the first time GMIT students have entered this competition. It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of both students that their entries have been successful and a reflection on the diversity and calibre of research conducted in GMIT on the Architectural Technology programme. We wish Declan and Gerard the best at the finals this September”.
“Pursuing CIAT accreditation of the programme is in the students’ and graduates’ best interest. CIAT is the only group to hold an official register of Architectural Technologists in this country. The Architectural Technologists’ Register sets, assesses and monitors the competency standards for registered Architectural Technologists in the Republic of Ireland” adds Ms Hayden.
For further details on this four year honours degree programme in GMIT, see:
Gerard Fay from Drung, Cavan, whose project has been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT) Student AT (Architectural Technology) Awards, which take place in London in September. Gerard is a fourth year student on the B.Sc (Hons) in Architectural Technology in GMIT.