engineeringWelcome to the Department of Architecture

Welcome to the Department of Architecture

The Department is home to over 300 students and 16 staff with international design qualifications and experience and offers two honours degree programmes in Architecture and Architectural Technology. Whilst there are many overlaps between both programmes, there are distinct and unique differences.

Our philosophy as educators is to provide ‘a learning through doing’ environment using the studio classrooms as design & technical ‘workshops’ where ideas are explored and theoretical subjects integrated. 
Our approach also reflects the new paradigm in education by being student orientated and promoting the ethos of ‘life long learning’.

Programmes are accessible to a diverse range of students through the modular part time and full time mode. 
Interdisciplinary links are an important ingredient strengthening links within the college community and the wider community as a whole. Elective modules are offered within the schools of humanities, business, engineering, and adult education. 
International scholarships, work placements and exchange programmes offer our students the possibility of studying in France, Italy or Germany.

Undergraduate (full-time)
Course Code Name Duration
WD094 BSc in Architectural Technology 3 yrs
WD195 BSc in Architectural Technology & Building Information (BIM) Technology 4 yrs
WD144 Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) 5 yrs
Add-on Courses
Course Code Name Duration
WD189 BSc in Applied Conservation Skills 1 Year
Postgraduate
Course Code Name Duration
WD588 Higher Diploma in Science in Building Information Modelling 1 Year

The Department is home to over 300 students and 16 staff with international design qualifications and experience and offers two honours degree programmes in Architecture and Architectural Technology. Whilst there are many overlaps between both programmes, there are distinct and unique differences.

The Architectural programme is running since 2005 and was the first professional degree programme in architecture in Ireland, outside Dublin to receive academic validation. Central to architectural education is design. In WIT we explore the design process and students develop a design methodology part of which necessitates a careful study of cultures, climates, constructions, clients’ needs, and context - all feeding into an overall sustainable architectural concept.

The Architectural Technology honours programme is running since 2000 and until 2006 was the only honours programme in Ireland. This is a relatively new profession much needed because of an increasingly complex construction world. Students explore specialisms within the design and construction process. Their skill is to be able to detail and specify and deliver the architectural product with a clear understanding of design. Many graduates of this course excel in design and may now progress onto the architectural course within the department. Many others prefer to become key players in the technical world of design & construction. Both courses are designed to international best practice and regular review systems ensure quality and progress.

Our department hosts many events for the college and the wider community. These include foreign trips, seminars, conferences, workshops, publications and exhibitions. Our thriving architectural society ensures many social and educational events. Combined with a dedicated and motivated staff, there is within the department a strong sense of community which creates a climate and a culture which nurtures learning.


Alex Kostic
Aleksandar Kostic 
Acting Head of Department of Architecture.

Check out the details in our course brochure below...it will give you an overview of the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) along with some testimonials from our students

This is a comprehensive chronological record of a student’s design project work. It contains all course work, including reports, dissertations, sketch books and any other evidence of work that have been assessed as part of the course leading to an award.

Notes for students on portfolio preparation:

  • Your portfolio should contain all your Architectural project work, in chronological order, with the most recent being on top. A copy of each brief should be attached.

  • All finished work, and rough work (sketches, preparation drawings photographs etc.) should be included.

  • Ensure that you have photographed all of your models and present them arranged on an A1 sheet or A4 booklet.

  • You should also include, within a separate cover inside the portfolio, Graphics work plus all continuous assessment work for all subjects and copy of assignment brief.

  • Please take one of the Portfolio forms and fill out and stick it onto the outside bottom right hand corner of your portfolio. Please attach a photograph of yourself to this.

  • Note: the portfolios remain the property of WIT. Please ensure that if you wish to take copies that you do so before final hand in.

  • A selection of portfolios will be retained by WIT for Quality Assurance Procedures and Professional Visiting Panels. A list of the retained portfolios will be posted on the studio door.