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CAO Points: Continued Strong Demand for Architecture and Architectural Technology Courses

Published: Monday, August 20, 2018

On 20 August just over 50,000 students received their offers for places on courses in third level institutions across the country. The RIAI is delighted to see a strong demand for careers in architecture continue in 2018 with points for many programmes in architecture and architectural technology increasing this year.

RIAI CEO Kathryn Meghen said “The built environment is key to Ireland’s economic progress and to the quality of life of its citizens. A career in architecture gives graduates an opportunity to lead in the delivery of the built environment.  Architects work to interpret the needs of clients and society, designing and delivering buildings from houses to hospitals, refurbishments to restaurants, phamachem buildings to public spaces. It is an interesting, challenging and rewarding career and the RIAI is pleased to see that the interest from students continues. We are also pleased to see the continuing interest in architectural technology courses throughout Ireland which provide their graduates with an opportunity to work on the detail and technological aspects of delivering construction projects.”

When selecting a programme of study it is essential to check that it is properly accredited and prescribed for access to the profession.

There are a number of routes to registration as an architect, but the most typical is to complete a prescribed degree course in architecture, at least two years of approved postgraduate professional training and a prescribed examination in professional practice.

There are currently five prescribed qualifications in Architecture for the purposes of registration as an architect offered in the Republic of Ireland by the following institutions: University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Dublin Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology’s jointly run course (CCAE).

Belfast’s Ulster University and Queen’s University operate under the UK’s University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) and the architecture degrees they offer are prescribed for the purposes of registration as an architect in the UK by the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) in the UK.

Prescribed degree courses in architecture take five years of full-time study. Many students take a year out to gain practical experience between the third and fourth years; the whole process, from start to full professional qualification, including postgraduate professional training, generally takes seven to nine years. Sometimes the five years of study are split into a three-year course followed by a two-year course, or a four-year course followed by a one-year course. Only the final award (after five years) is formally accredited or recognised. Graduates of the three-year or four-year courses in Architecture are not eligible for any class of RIAI membership or for registration as an architect.
Further information and advice about becoming an architect can be found on the RIAI website 'Becoming an Architect'.  https://www.riai.ie/education/careers/becoming_an_architect/

The most common way to qualify as an architectural technologist is to undertake a degree through an RIAI accredited course, which generally takes three years of full-time study, followed by a two year period of supervised practical training. You are then eligible to become an Architectural Technologist member of the RIAI.

The RIAI currently accredits qualifications in Architectural Technology from five third-level educational institutions in the Republic of Ireland; Institute of Technology Carlow, Cork Institute of Technology, Technological University, Dublin, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Table 2: RIAI Accredited programmes in Architectural Technology
Note: Only the seven programmes in architectural technology listed below are accredited by the RIAI.


Further information and advice about becoming an architectural technologist can be found on the RIAI website 'Becoming an Architectural Technologist'. https://www.riai.ie/education/careers/becoming_an_architectural_technologist/ 

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