Architectural Design Partnership

ADP is a dynamic design and technical led practice based in Holywood, Co. Down in Northern Ireland. The practice was formed in 1999 by Eddie Weir MCIAT, CIAT’s President Elect, who has evolved the practice into a highly regarded architectural company in Northern Ireland.

ADP is a dynamic design and technical led practice based in Holywood, Co. Down in Northern

Ireland. The practice was formed in 1999 by Eddie Weir MCIAT, CIAT’s President Elect,

who has

evolved the practice into one of the most highly regarded architectural companies in Northern


who has

evolved the practice into one of the most highly regarded architectural companies in Northern



ADP’s philosophy is to listen and understand its client’s needs and aspirations and provide them with elegant architectural solutions to match their budget. ADP believes that architecture should be more than just functional but add intrinsic value through excellence in design.

ADP designs fabulous architecture based on an informed use of technology and materials, combining a commitment to the spirit of the new, with a strong awareness of context. The practice has earned a widespread reputation for the high calibre of its work.



BPTW is an award winning CIAT Registered design-led architectural studio of over 125 Architectural Technologists and Architects based in Greenwich, London.


BPTW brings together specialisms in architecture and planning to transform not just physical spaces, but people’s lives. For over 30 years, innovation in design, planning, sustainability and construction technologies has established BPTW’s reputation as experts in residential development, neighbourhood place-making and mixed-use regeneration.

In 2018, BTPW attained a number of accolades including:

– ‘Fastest Growing Practice of the Year’ at the 2018 annual AJ100 rankings, having jumped 40 places to no.45.

– ‘Consultant of the Year 2018’ at Countryside Partnerships South Partner Awards, which celebrate successful collaboration and recognise the very best of their consultants and suppliers who have performed above and beyond in 2018.

– Planning Consultancy of the Year at the Planning Awards 2018.

– ‘The Architect’s Choice’ Award at the Brick Awards for its mixed use scheme at Creek Road in Greenwich, London.

Inspired Design & Development Ltd

Inspired Design & Development Ltd is a multi-disciplined Architectural Services and Chartered Surveying Practice, regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Established in 2010 The Company has collectively 50+ years of experience in the construction, surveying and architectural services sector.


The key services that IDD offer to all projects are listed below:

  • Architectural Services
  • Approved Certifier of Design (Energy)
  • Clients Agent/Contracts Administrator
  • Principle Designer/CDM 2015
  • Chartered Building Surveying
  • Tender Management
  • Project Management/Co-ordination

Inspired Design & Development Ltd is located in the North East of Scotland, the Company has the capabilities to operate throughout Scotland.  The staff are based in 2 locations, Stonehaven near Aberdeen and Coatbridge in Glasgow.

Inspired Design can provide master planning services, architectural drawings from concepts, construction and 3D visualisations for clients and for marketing services.

The projects range from one-off high end dwellings, steading conversions, extensions, alterations, industrial buildings, specialist educational buildings and interiors.

The practice has two chartered building surveyors and two Chartered Architectural Technologists.

Inspired design is active with their associated governing bodies, RICS and CIAT from attending arranged events, providing feedback/information on key topics and ensuring clients and the wider public are aware of the teams professional qualifications.

It has been critical over the years that IDD have retained a working relationship with the Robert Gordon University (RGU) with taking on placement students and assisting where possible with attending studio days or presenting lectures on specific topics. Jamie Yorkston is also an Ad Hoc lecturer at RGU in which he attends twice monthly to assist with the studio days.

Jaff Design Studio

Jaff Design Studio (JDS) was established in the year 1985, in Bangalore, India with the philosophy “to design ecologically sustainable high-tech architecture collaborating structural, Services engineering, materials, digital technology and ecological sciences, resulting in an architecture that can offer a wide variety of experience and that can adapt to the client’s vision to articulate the changing needs of contemporary society”.


Over the past 35 years, JDS has studiously consolidated integrity and professionalism through the harmonious working of a collective team that remains deeply embedded within the core of the practice.

The mission of JDS is to offer services that include, Architecture, Environmental Design, Interior Design, Project Management and Real Estate Advice, through its offices in Bangalore and Chennai in India and Auckland in New Zealand. Since 2015, the firm has been primarily a concept designer advising and mentoring practices and providing expertise in educational services in Architecture and Engineering.

Presently the firm provides consultancy in architectural education.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a modern, forward-thinking organisation with a vision and strategy to create the University of the Future. It was named the UK University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards in recognition of its quality of teaching,high levels of student satisfaction and its engagement with employers. This honour was quickly followed by being named UK Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. NTU isone of the UK’s largest and most popular universities with over 28,000 students across four campuses.


Starting out as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 184, 3 NTU has massively expanded.It has built a long track record of academic excellence,attracting top academic staff across several disciplines.It has invested £450 million in study, social and sporting spaces in the last 10 years.

NTU’s BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree course is uniquely recognised as the only UK course with triple accreditation from the Charted Institute of Architectural Technologists,the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors. The course is embedded in industry and delivers highly employable students,with 96% in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (Latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education data, 2016/17).

Manipal Academy of Higher Education – Dubai Campus

Manipal Academy of Higher Education – MAHE Dubai is a branch campus of Manipal Academy of Higher Education – MAHE India, the largest private university in the India enrolling over 25,000 students across 23 disciplines. It is home to some of the finest institutions of academic excellence including Kasturba Medical College & Manipal Institute of Technology.


On the 9th of July 2018 MAHE was declared as an “Institute of Eminence” by the Central Government of India. It is currently ranked in India as number-one private university by “The Week” for the fourth consecutive year, fifteenth among multidisciplinary universities, sixth in the category of multidisciplinary in private universities in South India by Hansa Research Survey and for the third time in a row was number-one private university on the parameters of infrastructure and facilities by the C-Fore survey as announced by the Indian Higher Education rankings 2018-2019.

MAHE – India established their presence in Dubai, UAE in the year 2000. At present, Manipal Academy of Higher Education – MAHE Dubai enrolls over 1500 students from 26 nations across the globe and is an Indian multi-disciplinary university in the region.

The Faculty of Architecture of MAHE India was established in 1978 and aims to foster creative and an intellectually vibrant learning with a global outlook, in the field of architecture and offers Architecture and Design programs at the under-graduate and post-graduate level. MAHE Dubai’s School of Design and Architecture (SODA) was established in 2004. SODA offers 5-years B. Arch program recognised by Council of Architecture, India, the 4-Years B. Des – Interior Design program, 3-Years B.A.I.D program and 2-Years Master of Arts – ID program. The School has recently attained Accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for the (B. Arch) Bachelor of Architecture program as a part of its strategic vision and mission statement.


rat[LAB]is a research organisation and network of designers and researchers specialising in computational design or similar technology-related domains. rat[LAB] is operated as a cloud-based organisation with an international network of researchers and computational designers spread across UK, USA, Europe and Asia, and a studio in New Delhi, India. The research cell functions as a global collaborative and multidisciplinary laboratory.


The research agendas broadly focus on use of computational design and parametric design in architecture, with intersections between design and technology spread across scales and disciplines. rat[LAB] offers collaborations to architecture and design firms to develop systemic models using advanced computational techniques and carry out project-specific or agenda-specific work in all fields of design.

Since the inception of rat[LAB], which was founded in 2012 in London by Sushant Verma and Pradeep Devadass, Sushant’s involvement with technology-driven design has been multi-cultural and global with projects, research, publications and lectures across UK, USA, Europe and Asia in many capacities.

Sushant, collectively with his organisation rat[LAB], has so far organised 60+ educational workshops, given 40+ public talks/lectures, received 12 accolades/awards, exhibited on 25 occasions, published 6 research papers and has had about 80+ media impressions in print and digital.

University of Derby

The University of Derby provides degree programmes for more than 34,000 students across three campuses in Derbyshire – Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield. Located in the heart of England and in the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, they build on our region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching, from foundation and undergraduate degrees through to postgraduate study and research.


The University of Derby believes anything is possible, helping students get their careers off to a great start through a broad range of courses at all levels. Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and a Top 30 UK University in the Guardian University Guide 2019, their academic strength is backed up by practical experience to ensure our students are ready for a successful career.  It offers more – with excellent facilities, guaranteed work experience for all full-time undergraduates, and practical, hands-on learning to ensure studies are relevant to life after graduation.

The Architectural Technology programme at the University of Derby is one of the longest standing CIAT Accredited programmes in the UK, first attaining Accreditation in Principle 21 years ago. Furthermore, in 2013, the University successfully attained CIAT Centre of Excellence status, having demonstrated excellent links with industry and exemplary postgraduate and research activity in the field of Architectural Technology, becoming one of only four Universities in the UK to gain such status. In addition, the Diploma in Professional Practice (placement year) forms a link between our Architectural Technology programme and the world of architectural practice. The employability rate of the programme for graduate level destinations was 100% in 2015/2016 (DLHE) and 91% in 2016/17.

Undergraduate programme:

– BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice

Postgraduate programmes:

– MSc in Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings
– MSc in BIM and Project Collaboration

VIA University College

VIA University College is Denmark’s largest and most international university college – also known as a university of applied sciences – with a total of 18,500 students of whom 2,500 are international students from all over the world. VIA increasingly takes an international approach to education and research. Today, almost half of its programmes are taught in English and it offers international double degrees, student and staff exchange, summer schools and research projects.


In 2018 VIA was awarded the annual prize for the leading entrepreneurial institution, for student entrepreneurship. This prize was organised by the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship in cooperation with the Danish Chamber of Commerce. VIA is a certified holder of an ERASMUS+ charter. It is a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and holds a Qualification Certificate from the People’s Republic of China.

VIA University College offers a range of acknowledged international bachelor’s degree programmes in engineering, design, construction and business. Students learn from dedicated professors, work on projects with Danish and international companies, exchange ideas with students from around the world, and develop lasting friendships. International students at VIA University College have access to multiple student services such as accommodation, sports, and recreation facilities, as well as career services. All of VIA’s programmes are developed in close cooperation with relevant industries. As a result, VIA’s graduates have unique career opportunities.

The Architectural Technology and Construction Management programme represents the nexus of architectural technology, engineering technology and project management. Architecture serves as the basis for this programme, while design, construction details, building materials, management and problem solving are core competencies. VIA prepare its students to independently plan, manage, and perform technical and administrative work in the design and execution phases of construction and civil engineering projects. Its graduates will be prepared to work in an international setting as through their studies, they will become familiar with problem-solving and project work in intercultural groups.

Architecture and Construction Management modules include:
– Project management
– Construction design
– Contract management
– Civil engineering
– Planning and management
– Conversion and renovation
– Architect design and technology
– Facility management
– Environmental technology

Typical places of employment include consulting engineers, contractors, architectural firms, authorities, manufacturers, suppliers and self-employment. Students have the possibility to study abroad for 3-9 months as exchange students i.e. in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and China, among other countries. VIA has a very active study environment and students will meet exchange students from many countries. VIA hosts students from Scandinavia, France, Spain, England, Poland, USA, Australia and many more countries. Students meet many cultures and co-operate with students from many walks of life and different backgrounds.

Waterford Institute of Technology
Focusing on: BSc. (Hons) Architectural & BIM Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is a university-level institution in the South-East of Ireland with over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff.WIT is the major provider of higher education in the South East region of Ireland and was the top ranked Institute of Technology in Ireland in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.


The range of academic programmes is exceptionally extensive, from Higher Certificate right through to post-doctoral research and covers the Humanities, Health and Nursing, Science and Informatics, Engineering and Architecture, Business and Education.

The four-year level 8 ab initio BSc. (Hons) Architectural & BIM Technology programme has Building Information Modelling at its core. The programme was developed in 2013 from the existing 3 plus 1-year Honours add-on Architectural Technology programme in response to the growing influence that Building Information Modelling is having on the Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry. It positions graduates not only for the traditional Architectural Technologist role, but also for emerging AEC-BIM roles. The programme won the Excellence in Education & Training Award at the Building & Architect of the Year Awards 2018.

The programme is aligned and mapped to Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Awards Standards for Architectural Technology (2016) and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

The principal aim of the Department of Architecture in relation to Architectural & BIM Technology is to maintain and develop its position as a centre of excellence in the training of Architectural Technologists.

The objectives arising from this are:

  • To continue to define and promote the profession of Architectural Technology
  • To develop and diversify the traditional role of the Architectural Technologist
  • To adopt the new educational paradigm by being student focused
  • To develop undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses, which meet the life-long needs and ambitions at an academic and professional level of Architectural Technologists both on the national and international stage.


Zigurat Global Institute of Technology is an educational institution in the fields of engineering, architecture and technological innovation. As an institutional member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Zigurat develops different international specialisation programmes based on Structural Engineering, BIM Management, Smart Cities, MEP Engineering, Project Management and new digital trends such as Digital Transformation or Blockchain.


With programmes taught in Spanish, English and Portuguese students not only gain a diploma from Zigurat, but may also receive a degree certificate from the Institute for Lifelong Learning Foundation (IL3-UB) the University of Barcelona or the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Unifebe, in Brazil (depending on which programme is studied).

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