• To continue to promote and develop our standards of excellence in education and practice.

  • To ensure that the profile, place and position of our members within the design team are identifiable and visible by educating all stakeholders.

  • To instil in our members self-confidence and self-belief in their capabilities and attributes which will make them highly regarded and employable.

It is essential that the Institute develops, enhances and expands its profile, recognition and status. It is critical that it remains relevant, adapts to current trends and climates and focuses on future developments and changes in the built environment sector. Within the membership there is a vast array of talent, all with a rich and diverse skillset, with much to promote to different audiences and communities through varying mediums.


Academic programme Accreditations and Approvals

Accreditations apply to qualifications in Architectural Technology or related subjects that meet the Institute's criteria and QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology, which sets the benchmark of knowledge that a student is expected to have upon graduation. The number of Accredited programmes is at its greatest total with an increasing quota outside of Europe, including Manipal Academy of Higher Education. The following Honours degree programmes all achieved Accreditation:

  • Coventry University
    BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

  • Technological University Dublin
    BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
    BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education
    Bachelor of Architecture

  • University of Northampton
    BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Full details on all Accredited programmes can be found here: ciat.org.uk/education/study

Representatives from CIAT's Acccredited Programmes receiving their Certificates of Accreditation at the AT Awards 2019

L-R: Paul Laycock MCIAT, Vice-President Education, Gareth Alexander MCIAT, Ulster University, Gordon Cole MCIAT, University of Northampton, Krishna Salim, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai, Malachy Matthews ACIAT, Technological University Dublin, Carl Mills MCIAT, Coventry University, Michael Fountain MCIAT, University of Brighton, Irene Hayden MCIAT, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, President Alex Naraian and Matt Allwright

Approval awarded by CIAT demonstrates that the programme has been assessed in terms of its content, structure and resources. The following Higher National programmes all achieved Approval:

  • Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
    HD Architectural Studies

  • Pearson
    HNC/D Construction and the Built Environment
    Higher Nationals in Construction

Full details on all Approved programmes can be found here: ciat.org.uk/education/find-an-approved-progamme 

Tony Chapman and Geoffrey Makstutis of Pearson with their Certificates of Approval at the AT Awards 2019



Brand and identity

During the year, the Institute relaunched its brand incorporating the 1965 font and issued a revised suite of documents. It is vitally important that for the Institute to maintain and continue its status and recognition that a consistent and understood brand exists to underpin this. This has all been captured in a fully revised Corporate Style and Brand Guidelines document. 




AT suite of literature

The AT Suite is available either in hard or electronic copy. It includes AT: The Profession, AT: Chartered Architectural Technologists, AT: How to Qualify, AT: Where to Study, AT: BIM and AT: Chartered Environmentalists.

Download them all here:



AT Journal

AT Journal is well received as the Institute's flagship publication. The current issue and all past editions can be found and read here: ciat.org.uk/practice-technical/at-journal

aspirATion Magazine

The e-magazine created for students, by students, is published twice a year.

The current issue can be found here: 








AT|jobs (formerly CIAT|jobs) continues to be successful. The jobs feature on the website and in AT Weekly and has its own Twitter account. It allows members to look for jobs or for new opportunities within the discipline.

You can find AT|jobs here: ciat.org.uk/education/jobs


Designing Buildings Wiki – designingbuildings.co.uk

CIAT is one of the lead sponsors of Designing Buildings Wiki, the industry's fastest growing source of knowledge. The relationship helps bridge the gap between theory and practice, adding the practical knowledge of Architectural Technology professionals to the property, design and construction professionals already supporting the site. CIAT publishes key resources on Designing Buildings Wiki and encourages its members to become contributors to the ever-growing resource.

You can find Designing Buildings Wiki here: designingbuildings.co.uk


Conferences and Events

Architectural Science Association (ASA) conference

The Architectural Science Association (ASA) conference is an open, international, interdisciplinary forum to promote high quality research, practice and education in environmentally sustainable design. The conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in India in November 2019 and sponsored by CIAT for the fourth consecutive year. The theme of the conference is Revisiting the Role of Architecture for Surviving Development. A small delegation visit from the UK will be representing the Institute. 

Full details on the conference can be found here:



London Festival of Architecture (LFA)

As a Partner of the LFA, the Institute collaborated with London South Bank University for Architectural Technology: In a Virtual Reality World. This event immersed guests into projects via virtual reality and allowed them to discover about Architectural Technology and its application.

Full details on the LFA can be found here:


Guests at London South Bank University during the LFA event



As a Futurebuild Strategic Partner, CIAT enjoys a collaborative working relationship with this built environment exhibition and showcase. The Institute hosted In Conversation with the Presidents – Building Collaboration 2019 as part of the Knowledge Forum workshops. It took the form of a discussion panel Chaired by Alex Naraian PCIAT with Gary Strong, Global Building Standards Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Stella Clutton-Saunders, President, Association for Project Safety (APS), Ian Tant, President, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Paul Everall CBE HonMCIAT, Chief Executive, Local Authority Building Control (LABC), Gilly Carr, President, The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate of GB (ICWCI) and Dr Graham Smith MCIAT, Principal Fire Engineer – Energy, Chemical & Resources, Jacobs. They discussed a collaborative response to issues such as the Government response to the Hackitt Review: Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan and the methods and skills used in buildings.

The panel during In Conversation with the Presidents back in March

More about the event can be found at the link here

Full details for Futurebuild 2020 can be found here: futurebuild.co.uk

Grand Designs Live!

The discipline is represented at these public exhibitions by Chartered Members who volunteer their time to give free advice to the general public in 30-minute time slots. This remains a positive collaboration and provides the opportunity to promote Architectural Technology to a wider audience. 

Full details for Grand Designs Live! can be found here: granddesignslive.com

National Selfbuild and Renovation Centre

CIAT sponsor a permanent stand fixture at the National Selfbuild and Renovation Centre in Swindon. This ensures a wider engagement with the general public for Architectural Technology who are visiting the Centre looking for information.

Full details on the Centre can be found here: nsbrc.co.uk


CIAT and RIBA London collaboration

The first CIAT and RIBA Knowledge Transfer and Speed Mentoring event was held at University of East London in April 2019. An insightful and thought-provoking event that is to be repeated at both London South Bank University and University of Wolverhampton in the next year.

National Construction Summit, Dublin

The Summit brings together built environment related professions to stimulate debate, enrich knowledge and connect. The Republic of Ireland Centre supported with a stand and three presentations were made by Members and staff. It allowed for promoting developments regarding the proposed Statutory Register for Architectural Technologists to provide Assigned and/Design Certifier functions. 

Full details on the Summit can be found here: nationalconstructionsummit.ie

Michael O'Keeffe MCIAT, Paul Condron MCIAT and James Banks, Membership Director


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