What is Architectural Technology?

Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture; a creative, innovative design discipline rooted in science and engineering.

It forms the link between design and realisation. At its core, is the anatomy and physiology of a building or structure, its relation to context, how it is assembled and how it performs through form, function and fabric.

Architectural Technology achieves efficient and effective construction and robust sustainable design solutions that perform and endure over time.


Where it's AT

Where it's AT is an exciting and new campaign from CIAT to promote and showcase the discipline of Architectural Technology and Chartered Architectural Technologists, with a series of short and engaging films on different aspects of the profession.

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The Institute

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is a dynamic, forward-thinking and inclusive global membership qualifying body for Architectural Technology.

It represents those practising and studying within the discipline and profession.

CIAT qualifies Chartered Architectural Technologists (someone who holds the designation MCIAT or FCIAT).

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Join the Institute

If your career is within Architectural Technology, joining CIAT is your essential next step. CIAT can help you get ahead with a number of benefits and a range of opportunities. 

Joining the Institute

Find a CIAT Chartered Practice

Whether you need a design or plans for your project, or a qualified professional to guide you, a Chartered Architectural Technologist, (MCIAT or FCIAT), can manage all stages from the earliest designs through to final certification, regardless of its size or value.

A Chartered Architectural Technologist specialises in the technology of architecture focusing on the design of buildings for use and performance. As problem solvers, they will make the design work for you, ensuring that you achieve the maximum use of space.

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AT Awards

The AT Awards are the premier accolades that demonstrate and recognise outstanding achievement — celebrating Architectural Technology at its best.

Designed to recognise excellence in Architectural Technology globally, the suite of AT Awards are open to all professionals, whether they are based nationally or internationally. 

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As of 1 January 2021, the UK now has a completely different relationship with the EU. New trade agreements and a new immigration system will change the way the UK built environment industry works. Information that may be pertinent to CIAT members and affiliates is available here and this page will be updated on a regular basis.

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The health and safety of our staff, members and affiliates, and guests is our main priority. CIAT is carefully observing the UK Government's advice, and that of other nations, regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The Institute is working hard to ensure that CIAT is still operating and supporting its members and affiliates during this period.

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