How can we get Architectural Technologists to write? Once alumni start work, they should be encouraged to write. Whether a publication is a peer reviewed journal or not, the rigor of research, ethics and academic writing should follow on into their professional lives.
GMIT have instigated a Research e-Journal which is in its third year of publication. It is founded on inclusive principles, so alumni are encouraged to make a submission, as well as staff, post-graduate students and affiliates. It is great to see such progressive aspirations so soon in its infancy.
This year, submissions are being accepted for:
Other publications which Architectural Technologists could publish in might be:
I do feel that a greater awareness of anonymizing and confidentiality in such publications for Architectural Technologists in the workplace would be beneficial. If a client was not willing to allow an Architectural Technologist working in practice to publish a case study on their project, for example, it could be further explored to see if an aspect of the project delivery could be written about anonymously. There are many projects live on site which have aspects of technical information or research findings which could be shared for all Architectural Technologists to benefit from.
It would be worth considering the establishment of a working research and ethics committee (perhaps within CIAT?) to develop procedures and protocols for this to materialize. They could also offer advise as to where to publish and review through co-mentoring and sharing of exemplars.
Certainly, there is lots of scope in this area for the profession to consider. Marketing the skill sets of an Architectural Technologist and advertising the profession should be encouraged in a professional capacity within social media and publications of merit.