Two GMIT architectural technology students through to finals of international competition

Two GMIT architectural technology students, Declan Moran from Killanin, Co Galway, and Gerard Fay from Drung, Co Cavan, will compete in the finals of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT ) Student Architectural Technology Awards, which will take place in Shoreditch, London on September 14.

This international competition is organised by the CIAT, one of two professional bodies representing architectural technologists in the Republic of Ireland. The competition is open to all architectural technology students worldwide who meet qualifying criteria.

Declan Moran’s research covers an analysis of current building regulations, technical guidance documents, and best practice guidelines pertaining to equal-ability access.

Gerard Fay’s project investigates three deep retrofit options for the roof upgrade of a protected structure to achieve EnerPhit Standard, and analyses three technical design solutions and their subsequent thermal and hygrothermal effect

The two students were supervised by Irene Hayden MCIAT, Siobhaun Cawley, and Louise Tynan, lecturers on the technical design report module in the final year of the BSc (Hons ) architectural technology degree course in GMIT.

Irene Hayden said: “This is an international award and a huge achievement for both students to be named as finalists. It is the first time GMIT students have entered this competition. It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of both students that their entries have been successful and a reflection on the diversity and calibre of research conducted in GMIT on the Architectural Technology programme. We wish Declan and Gerard the best at the finals this September.

“Pursuing CIAT accreditation of the programme is in the students’ and graduates’ best interest. CIAT is the only group to hold an official register of architectural technologists in this country,” she added. “The Architectural Technologists’ Register sets, assesses, and monitors the competency standards for registered architectural technologists in the Republic of Ireland.”

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