sinnerboy wrote:Don't want to start the old Techie vs Architect rivalry off - but from a pragmatic point of view , being a shorter course of study , the Arch Tech may be a more "flexible " bet . I.E may well make it to end the course without life altering circumstance tripping your friend up .
Courses are due to come on stream ( perhaps they have already ) to allow Technicians to do post grad studies to obtain degree status . With an ever increasing expansion of technological , ecological , health and safety , fire safety , access for disabled etc , issues to challenge and engage with I can say as a Techie myself ( for 22 years ) that it is a stimulating and rewarding way to earn a crust . And , oh yes , working with Architects is not all that bad ( LOL )
I appreciate the suggestion your making above sinnerboy, im a Technician myself and wouldnt have it any other way, however it doesnt really help the original poster in advising his friend on how to access Architecture courses. I can only assume his friend knows the difference between an Architect and an Architectural Technologist, and as such is more inclined to the design aspect of Architeture.
OP, I would advise your friend of the following timescales, assuming they would like to be self emplyed:
1. need prepare portfolio in order to pass interview to obtain position in course (maybe 6 -12 months.. maybe need to do a portfolio preparation course)
2. 5 years full time study,.... possibility of a year out somewhere in the middle
3. minimum 2 years full time work under instruction from RIAI architect... in order to obtain membership of RIAI and subsequent permission to register as an Architect according to the Building Control Bill.
If the OPs friend is more interested in the technical and applied science of buildings, he would be more suited to the Technology course of Architecture, as suggested by sinnerboy.