Edinburgh Napier University

Study Architectural Technology

Architectural technology is a profession that works alongside architecture, to transform innovative design projects into sustainable and functional buildings and structures, making them more robust and durable.

What do Architectural Technologists do?

A chartered architectural technologist transforms design into reality. Their specialism is in the technology of architecture, with the aim to ensure that the design of buildings is fit for purpose and performance. 

As an architectural technologist, you will focus your creativity and design skills on the technical design of a building, working closely with other professionals. 

Different from an architect, chartered architectural technologists’ work will not only include concept planning and design development, but they also specialise in design underpinned by building science, engineering and technology.  They can get involved in designing and managing all project types from small scale to large commercial, industrial, residential and public projects. They collaborate with other professionals and clients to oversee all aspects of a building project from conception to completion.

Study Architectural Technology

If you are a creative person who enjoys drawing and design, mixed with problem solving and IT skills, then architectural technology is the course for you. 

The course covers a range of modules that will help you develop your hand-sketching skills, working with specialist software for modelling using computer-aided design. You’ll also get access to exciting equipment including laser scanners, drones and virtual reality kits to bring your ideas to life.

Throughout your studies at Edinburgh Napier, you will be able to enhance your team working and project management skills through interdisciplinary design projects working with other construction and surveying students.

Edinburgh Napier’s architectural technology course connects you with practitioners through our strong links with the industry. We offer our students the opportunity to apply their learnings to real projects through external visits to iconic buildings and construction sites.

What can you do with an Architectural Technology degree?

A degree in Architectural Technology opens up many different career routes to choose from. Most graduates progress their career as architectural technologists, working in architectural/design practices, in specialist design, the public sector, academia or research. 

If you prefer a more hands-on career option then working as an architectural technician might suit you, it is a popular career route that allows you to work with house builders for example.

In addition to working on residential projects, employment opportunities could include working on refurbishment, commercial or industrial projects.

Alternatively, you can apply your design and project management skills and become a Design Manager, Facilities Manager, Building Information Manager (BIM) or working in products and services sector.  

The skills you develop throughout your studies will allow you to gain transferable skills which you can apply to career routes in areas such as research or teaching. You can also work as an Acoustic Engineer, Technical Sales Advisor or Software Developer.

Get ahead

Architectural technology is an innovative and creative course underpinned by science and technology. If you are inquisitive and have an interest in architecture, then this would be a perfect choice for you. Other essential skills include planning and organising, leadership and communication.

School subjects you should consider if you are looking to study architectural technology include; English, Design Technology, IT, Maths and Science.


Coming from college?


At Edinburgh Napier University, we have strong connections with colleges which allows for advanced entry into second and third year if you have the right qualifications and experience.

Visit the architectural technology course page to find out more about entry requirements.