Architectural Technology in New York

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Third year Architectural Technology students enrolled on Integrated Design Project (ARCH3067) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 15. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The purpose of this visit is to explore explore the architectural technology of buildings in New York. developing students’ understanding of the key phases of New York’s architectural and construction development as well as its current design culture. This will be achieved through a series of guided visits to sites of architectural and technology interest, building companies and museums

Students will observe and record buildings, places and situations in New York through photography, model making and drawing both on site and in the classroom. The individual observations of key themes and areas of interest in New York’s current and past development will form the basis for a case study leading to a presentation of a construction logbook. Students will build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of contemporary architectural and technology practice as well as a sound introduction to appreciating architecture in context to technology.

As part of the trip, students will visit the Skyscraper museum, One World Trade Center and the Oculus. There will also be visits to the top of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Brooklyn Bridge. Students will also get experience a US University, with a trip to the Pratt Institute School of Architecture Technology.

Cultural activities

As well as organised academic activities, you will have the opportunity to explore some of New York’s most famous and exciting landmarks, venues and districts. Museums you could visit include the American Museum of Natural History or the Guggenheim or alternatively learn about key moments in US history by visiting  the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

If you fancy a trip on the Hudson River you can take the free Staten Island Ferry which passes the Statue of Liberty. Another highlight is to explore the High Line, a former raised subway track now converted into a park.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the overall cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 6 January 2020
  • Return date: Sunday 12 January 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation and transfers: £900-950
  • Students will also be required to pay for: museums and activities (£150), food & drink, Metro pass (£25) and visa/ESTA
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 16 October 2019 9am