Architecture still an attractive career

Architecture still an attractive career in medium- to long-term according to WIT School leavers, mature students and graduates from other disciplines considering study options are being urged not to overlook a professional career in architecture because of concerns about the impact of the current recession on employment across the construction sector.

Speaking as the first cohort to successfully complete the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) programme at Waterford Institute of Technology graduated, Máire Henry, Head of the Institute’s Department of Architecture, encouraged potential future architects to remain upbeat with those interested in design and the societal importance of architecture encouraged to examine it as a career.

The BArch (Hons) at Waterford is the first new professional programme in architecture in Ireland to have full accreditation from the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. The first graduate architects from the programme were conferred in the same week that the world’s tallest manmade structure, the Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed 828 metre tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, was officially opened and work was completed on the Daniel Libeskind-designed 2,111 capacity Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin which opens in mid-March.

Waterford Today