The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists is delighted to promote the publication of the revised QAA Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS) for Architectural Technology. This document defines what can be expected of an Architectural Technology graduate in terms of what they may know, do and understand at the end of their studies and is used as a reference point in the design, delivery and review of academic programmes.
The document, previously relevant to Honours degree level programmes now also includes a benchmark standard for Masters degrees programmes in Architectural Technology.
The Institute was a key member of QAA’s SBS Review Group with Professor Sam Allwinkle PPBIAT MCIAT, Chair of CIAT’s Education Board, appointed Chair of the Review Group, and included Members of CIAT as well as the Institute’s Education Director, Tara Page, within its membership.
The SBS directly links to CIAT’s qualification Accreditation processes and aligns to the Institute’s Professional Standards Framework, which stipulates the education and practice standards of Chartered Architectural Technologists. The standards and skills within the SBS reflect the evolution of the discipline of Architectural Technology and its status within the built environment industry.
Speaking on the publication, Professor Sam Allwinkle PPBIAT MCIAT said
‘As Chair of the Review Group I am pleased to note the publication of this major reference document which recognises the significance of the academic and professional discipline of Architectural Technology and now includes Masters as well as Honours degree level criteria. It is an important document for our Accredited universities, when setting content and standards for Architectural Technology Honours and Masters degrees as well as for CIAT‘s Professional Standards Framework to inform and contribute to the content and body of knowledge that underpins Chartered Membership of our Institute.’
The revised QAA Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS) for Architectural Technology was published in October 2014 and can be found here: www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance/publication?PubID=2834#.VIm1oHv_GZg