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Virtual reality in the architectural technology curriculum in the UK.

Wood, Cameron F.; Dounas, Theodoros; Scott, Jonathan R.


Cameron F. Wood

Theodoros Dounas

Jonathan R. Scott


Tahar Kouider

Peter John Andersen


This paper seeks to understand the climate for Virtual Reality (VR) within the Architectural Technology (AT)curriculum in the U.K. It seeks to assess through literature, focus groups and questionnaires VR’s current place and seek to find a model to map an integration strategy of V.R. to the AT curriculum within the U.K. The paper uses focus groups, to highlight some of the problems that are still to be solved with the system and software. It also highlights for Architectural Technologists a new tool to communicate ideas with the three-dimensional world. We will assess virtual reality’s current placement to see what steps have been achieved, therefore we can evaluate what is next for the technology for an A.T. This paper will query academics of other A.T. courses and their own implementation of V.R. within their curriculum and analyse what and why we should be using this type of technology in the education system. Looking back upon V.R.’s development we are able to see what progress has and is being made, to see if the time is right now to be implementing the technology with an appropriate method. The results show that it is a beneficial tool ready to be used by students to further their understanding of Architectural Technology. The paper was originally a dissertation by C. F. Wood in Robert Gordon University.

Start Date Nov 15, 2019
Publication Date Dec 31, 2019
Publisher Robert Gordon University
Pages 181-190
ISBN 9781907349188
Institution Citation WOOD, C.F., DOUNAS, T. and SCOTT, J.R. 2019. Virtual reality in the architectural technology curriculum in the UK. In Kouider, T. and Andersen, P.J. (eds.) 2019. Proceedings of the 8th International congress on architectural technology (ICAT 2019) [online]: architectural technology, facing the renovation and refurbishment challenge, 15 November 2019, Odense, Denmark. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University, pages 181-190. Available from:
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