Architectural Technology: The Technology of Architecture
Authors: Armstrong, Gillian; Allwinkle, Sam
Architectural Technology is a relatively new discipline and relates to the anatomy and physiology
of buildings and of their production and performance. The practice of Architectural Technology is
underpinned by the application of science, engineering and technology and is closely aligned to industry.
Architecture Technology is also set within an industry that is under capitalised, resource intensive, risk
averse and litigious. Industry is now recognising the value of the discipline of Architectural Technology as
critical in the digital age given its focus on empirically based design. Digitalisation of design and
construction through Building Information Modelling, relates to production, performance, environmental
sustainability, economic efficiency and effectiveness. BIM enables simulation, standardisation,
systemisation, and optimisation in design and construction. One example of the relevancy of the discipline
is how the skills of Architectural Technology align with those necessary for BIM and this hopefully create
greater recognition of the discipline in the future. To improve the recognition of the discipline beyond the
UK, this paper presents the educational and professional standards for Architectural Technology. The
argument is made that concurrent industry interests in Building Information Modelling and in the
profession, is an opportunity for both the expansion of the discipline and greater BIM adoption.