Our Final Year Architectural Technology students have worked on a diverse range of design challenges in their Major Project Dissertation this year. Here we showcase a selection of projects that have explored the following topics as: Adapting dwellings for building users with disabilities; Design strategies to avoid self-inflicted harm in Mental Hospitals; Exploration of 3D printing technology to build affordable housing; Adopting effective acoustic design solutions for UK Primary Schools; Inclusive designing educational environments for individual’s with cognitive disabilities; Design strategies to cope with future pandemic in Care facilities; Encouraging Flexible use through Kinetic Design. Within the particularity of those themes, the projects have explored the complexity of building users’ needs, constructability challenges, and the demands of climate and location.
At the heart of this process, the students’ continuous development of communication skills is highlighted through the use digital design technologies that are central in the construction industry (e.g. Building Information Modelling, BIM). Overall, these dissertation projects present a great balance between theoretical and practical skills of our Architectural Technology students, with a strong emphasis on enterprise and professional development, towards the standards set by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT).