where is the canteen and gym gone in linen hall?
The canteen is on the ground floor and staffed everyday. Linen hall is used by plumbers and others so I think they legally need to have one on the building. The gym is on the basement floor - staffing has been reduced in DIT and they couldn't afford to open the gym this year. Kevin Street has only just reopened.
I've worked in a few different practices and ATs have had different roles - full designers and all the way to CAD monkeys. I've seen the exact same thing with architects as well - full designers and all the way to CAD monkeys.
Worrying which course makes you more employable is definitely the wrong approach to take to university. If you're deciding between courses you should look at what aspects of architectural design you want to pursue the most and what you want to work in. After college, you'll have to find your own employability and sell yourself in the workplace.
Nevertheless, it's important to recognise that the term 'architect' is legally protected and it's probably going to stay that way for a while. There is a grandfather scheme for ATs/engineers/engineering technologist who've practised for over 10 years as architects but I think this has closed for any new graduates. If you read through any book of architects and their biographies, you'll find that there is a significant number who didn't come through a typical architectural education.
Ultimately, your job is going to be how you choose it to be. Work is an excellent firm and you'll be guaranteed some great input.
Regarding DIT, I'm giving it thumbs up despite any problems. Complaining about resources is definitely a great way of getting a class to bond together. The worst university in the US has far superior equipment than DIT has, but this doesn't necessarily produce better architects. A few donations of high spec plotters from any architectural companies wouldn't go unthanked though!
As a final note - DIT is in
Dublin city surrounded by Irish architecture. I wanted to study Irish architecture and, looking on, I've no regrets.