Architectural Technology and Construction Management

Architectural Technology and Construction Management

KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology | Campus PCG | Copenhagen, Dānija

Architectural Technology and Construction Management

University:KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology - Campus PCG
Location Copenhagen, Dānija
Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 38, 2200 København N, Copenhagen
Duration: years ( semesters)
Degree
ECTS ECTS
Study start, (Application deadline)
Tuition fee (EU/EEA/CH):0 EUR
Tuition fee (Non-EU):apx. 6 100 EUR (per semester)
Application fee: 100 EUR

Communication, planning, design, and technology are the key words of the Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction Management programme.

Graduates of the study programme employed by consulting architects and engineers will work on planning construction projects, from proposal to finished design.

ABOUT EDUCATION


Bachelors of Architectural Technology and Construction Management are the professionals, who are able to participate in and coordinate the building process at all levels from concept to completion in the broadest sense. This includes new buildings as well as the renovation. 

You will coordinate and manage the many technical and administrative phases of the construction process. The study programme will teach you how to plan, design and coordinate construction projects, and you will combine practical experience with theoretical knowledge on a daily basis.

During the studies you are able to specialize in

  • design consultancy
  • facilities management
  • construction management

BIM (building information modeling) is an integrated part of the education, since we strongly believe that this is an essential and very important driver, which will have a strong impact on the future development and progression of the building industry. 

On the programme, you will be working with:

Residential buildings: You will learn the basic technical construction disciplines, and about the construction process, normal structures, technical installations, static principles, documentation, planning and supervising.

Buildings up to 2½ storeys: You will learn about production and construction methods, structures, planning and management tools, technical installations, static principles and documentation in relation to small multi-storey buildings.

Industrial building and prefabrication: You will learn about industrial production and construction methods in the building process. You will also gain insight into company administration and operation, including accounting principles and budgeting, bookkeeping and tendering methods and tools for the sector.

Buildings above 3 storeys in height: You will learn about complex production and construction methods, complex structures, planning and management tools, technical installations, static principles and documentation in relation to larger multi-storey buildings.  You will also learn to manage the design and execution process for a multi-storey building, taking into account relevant social, environmental, financial and technological aspects.

Renovation: You will learn about production and construction methods, structures, planning and management tools, technical installations, static principles and documentation in relation to renovation projects.

The programme is taught entirely in English and focuses on problem based learning planned around a semester project situated in different countries and current strategic markets. The difficulty level increases throughout the education.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE


The BA in Architectural Technology and Construction Management runs over seven semesters (210 ECTS credits), and involves work with the following five areas:

  • Plot and Building, 1-2 storeys (semester 1)
  • Plot and Building, 2-3 storeys (semester 2)
  • Industrial buildings and industrially produced building components (semester 3)
  • Multistorey dwellings/commercial building (semester 4)
  • Renovation (semester 5)

You also get to choose elective subjects in semesters 3, 4 and 5, where you can specialise in one or more areas. You do an internship during semester 6 and write a final bachelor project during the last semester (semester 7).

Communication, planning, design, and technology are the key words of the Bachelor of Architectural Technology and Construction Management programme. The subjects of the programme are divided into 5 core areas:

  • General
  • Business
  • Production
  • Construction
  • Design and registration

On top of that sustainability and innovation/entrepreneurship is inherent in the projects and the working methodology in all subjects.

Internship

During semester 6 you will do an internship, where you will be part of a company that works with construction projects, either in Denmark or abroad. Your internship coordinator at KEA will help you with the practicalities in connection with your internship, which you must help to find.

Elective subjects

The elective subjects give you the opportunity to specialise in the following subject areas:

  • Design consultancy
  • Construction management
  • Facility management

Your elective culminates in a dissertation report, which is prepared individually and is intended to demonstrate your ability to perform theoretical studies and communicate the results. The report must contain a discussion of the method you have chosen, and independent examination of the chosen theory and associated discussion.

STUDY FORM


On the Bachelor programme, the tuition is based mainly on architect and civil engineering projects, which the student will complete in one semester. Project work is carried out in groups and provides the pivotal focus of the teaching. Students are examined on this project.

These projects are multi-disciplinary, and as such their preparation involves all the disciplines. The students plan and manage their projects themselves but are supported by the theory tuition which runs alongside the project work and is in any way possible directly related to the project. Researching information e.g. using the library and the internet are also important components of the project work.

All classes have an online timetable showing when an individual teacher will be giving classes. At the beginning of the semester, the teacher will typically lecture in theory; and later in the semester the teacher will act mostly as the students’ project consultant, helping them with any problems related to their projects etc.

Every student is expected to bring his/her own laptop. 

Teaching and learning principles 

We emphasize project work undertaken in groups of three to five students, and groups will of course consist of students of various nationalities. The project work is backed by lectures and short exercises which we attempt to schedule in such a way as to achieve the greatest possible synergy between the theoretical learning and the practical project work.

We have been happy to see that also our foreign students have been extremely satisfied with this teaching method. As far as the international programme itself is concerned, we feel that we gain an additional pedagogical benefit from being able to put together project groups that consist of students of various nationalities.

Collaboration with businesses

You will find there are close ties between construction sector companies and the study programme.  The projects you work on are often real projects taken from companies. Your lecturers maintain close contact with these companies and are therefore familiar with the latest developments and trends in the sector. This ensures that new knowledge is incorporated into the teaching.

You will also have close contact with one or more companies during your studies – in your internship and in your work on various projects.

CAREER AND FUTURE


The BA in Architectural Technology and Construction Management equips you for a wide range of exciting jobs, primarily in the construction sector – for example in engineering, construction and architecture companies, but also in organisations affiliated with the sector – such as federal and local government departments, housing and management companies, insurance companies, banks and credit institutions and technological institutes.

Consultant architects and engineers

Graduates of the study programme employed by consulting architects and engineers will end up working on planning construction projects, from proposal to finished design, e.g.:

  • planning building structures and technical installations
  • preparing financial estimates, schedules and work plans
  • organising and conducting tendering procedures
  • managing and coordinating work by contractors at the construction site
  • inspecting quality, price and time
  • planning and managing the planning phase in the studio

Contractors

Graduates employed by contractors will work with activities such as:

  • preparing bids for construction work
  • planning and managing work on site
  • inspecting and supervising quality, price and time

Building product manufacturers

Graduates can also seek jobs with building product manufacturers, where they will typically work with:

  • designing building product components
  • preparing bids for production and delivery
  • planning production at the workshop, factory or construction site

More about the program: kea.dk