What is Architecture

‘Architecture involves everything that influences the way in which the built environment is planned, designed, made, used, furnished, landscaped and maintained’
UNESCO/UIA charter for architectural education 2005

Architecture involves everything that influences the way in which the built environment is planned, designed, made, used, furnished, landscaped and maintained. To explore more about the Department of Architecture click here.

Architectural Technologists become specialists in preparing detailed drawings and specifications for building projects. They work closely with architects and other members of the Design Team.

If you are a creative person who would like to be part of designing a better world you might like studying architecture. In WIT we are interested in sustainability, rural and urban landscapes; conservation and working with local communities. We are located in the City Centre campus at the Granary, opposite Garter Lane Arts Centre and not far from brilliant surfing beaches and the Commeragh Mountains.

The quality of life is good and affordable in Waterford. We are less than 2 hours form both  Dublin and Cork. Our strong international links see many students from around the world coming to study with us. Our staff to student ratios are low ensuring dedicated time for each student. We have also introduced a work placement module which is unique in Ireland.  You can take our programme part time or full time.

We have a strong Alumni who support each other and keep in touch with us. We are very proud of the WIT Architectural Community which we have helped to create.

Conservation Projects - St. Mary’s Hall, Kilkenny City

The B.Sc in Applied Conservation Skills course (not offered this current year) students, were the first group to work on a ‘live’ project as part of a pilot scheme organised by the Department of Arts Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Kilkenny City & County Council. This scheme offered the students a unique chance to work on an historic structure and was supported by guest lecturers and practical demonstrations.

Evelyn Graham was the Project Liaison Architect and is the Conservation Officer with Kilkenny City Council; she worked in collaboration with WIT course lecturers and was responsible for obtaining funding for the pilot scheme from the DoAHG.


The Madelaine Gervais Bursary Award

A student on the B.Sc in Applied Conservation Skills course studyed in St Gemini, Italy, as part of the Historic Building Restoration and Analysis programme.
The successful student, Joseph Kelly, from Kilkenny won the Madelaine Gervais Scholarship to participate in the summer programme of restoration works on the Oratory of St. Carlo, which is a 13th Century church in the town of St. Gemini, Italy.
The programme, which is run by the International Institute for the Restoration and Preservation, is a month long practical and theoretical hands-on experience, followed by a 10 day tour of other historical sites, Sienna, Florence and Rome.

Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) Programme Leader

Harry Bent Dip. Arch. B.Arch.Sc. M.R.I.A.I.