Tutor podcast explores world of architectural technology

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Architectural technology tutor Ethan Johnson has launched a new podcast, with fellow professional Jonathan Pickup, aimed at shedding light on the profession and its critical role in the architectural landscape.

Their initiative comes at a time of increasing need for practical, industry-aligned education in the field. Both seasoned professionals, they hope their podcast – The Architectural Technologist – will help to bridge the gap between education and industry.

WITT-based Ethan and Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay-based Jonathan are keen to convey how architectural technology skills fit with in the world of building design and construction.

“Architectural Technology is a profession that demands a deep understanding of both design and the technicalities of construction,” says Ethan. “It’s a bridge between an architect’s creative visions and the practical realities of building these visions. Despite its importance, architectural technology often remains underrepresented in mainstream architectural education.”

Recognizing this gap, the pair have created a podcast that provides a platform for industry experts to share their knowledge and experiences. Through candid interviews and discussions, they explore the latest trends, challenges, and innovations in the field.

Ensuring course relevance

“One of the podcast’s key objectives is to ensure that educational courses in architectural technology remain relevant and aligned with industry needs,” Jonathan explains.

Architectural Technologist Jonathan Pickup

“By engaging with professionals who are actively working in the field, the podcast offers invaluable insights that can help shape and update course content. This approach ensures that students and educators alike have access to the most current and practical knowledge.”

Learning from the experts

The podcast features interviews with a diverse range of professionals, from seasoned practitioners to educators and industry innovators. These conversations provide listeners with a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to succeed in architectural technology. Topics range from the importance of technical sketches in architectural design to the latest digital tools and sustainable practices.

Jonathan explains, “Our goal is to provide a platform where industry professionals can share their real-world experiences and insights. This not only helps current practitioners stay updated but also informs educators and students about the evolving demands of the profession.”

Real-world applications

By discussing real-world projects and case studies, the podcast highlights the critical role that architectural technologists play in the successful execution of architectural projects, Ethan adds.

 “Listeners gain a practical understanding of how technical knowledge is applied in various contexts, from residential buildings to large-scale commercial projects.”

Staying ahead of industry trends

The Architectural Technology podcast also delves into the future of the profession. “With rapid advancements in technology and a growing emphasis on sustainability, staying ahead of industry trends is more important than ever,” the podcast creators say.


Students, educators and seasoned professionals are encouraged to subscribe and engage with the content to ensure they remain at the forefront of this dynamic field.

Listen to The Architectural Technologist podcast on Spotify and other platforms.

WITT offers the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) - a two-year, full-time programme. 

Caption: Architectural Technology tutor and podcaster Ethan Johnson.

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