Students targeting a successful career in the architectural technology industry have benefited from a day devoted to opening their eyes to the opportunities available to them once they’ve graduated.
First and second years on the University of Northampton’s Architectural Technology course were able to learn from some of the leading professionals in the industry at the special event, held at Waterside Campus.
Chartered architectural technologists, MCIAT, are qualified to lead construction projects from inception to completion and specialise in technology of architecture, focusing on the design of buildings for use and performance.
The Professional Insight day was run in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), which is the qualifying body for architectural technology. The University’s Architectural Technology course is accredited by the CIAT.
Its president, Alex Naraian, was joined by fellow CIAT members, who gave presentations packed with tips and information designed to encourage the students to proactively seek out industry experience, network and get ahead in the world of work.
Gordon Cole MCIAT, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology, said: “Academic study tailored to the industry and taught by a vastly experienced team is not the sole benefit students on the Architectural Technology course receive during their time here at the University of Northampton.
“We also provide them with incredible opportunities, such as the Professional Insight day, to both network and learn from leading professionals in the field.
“This not only gives them great contacts and a chance to get themselves noticed, but also the confidence they can forge a highly successful and rewarding career as an architectural technologist.”
Presentations were also made by chartered members Aled Rees MCIAT and Karyn Williams MCIAT, its membership director, James Banks, while student members Izzy Piorkowska and Sam Metcalfe were on hand to talk about the CIAT’s aspirATion initiative and student awards.