For the effective operation for any professional body, it is essential that it elects positions from amongst its membership to allow it to function within its Charter.
These positions are open to Chartered Architectural Technologists who are invited to give their enthusiasm, experience, strategic leadership, skills and time in a voluntary capacity to the work of the Institute set within the Strategic and Corporate Plans, as approved by Council. Contributing in such a capacity is two-way and Chartered Architectural Technologists who have been involved have benefitted and learnt from their experiences.
Within the Institute's governance, there are a number of core roles collectively known as the Honorary Officer positions. These are the President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Vice-President Education, Vice-President Practice and Vice-President Technical. These are all undertaken by Chartered Architectural Technologists in a voluntary capacity other than expenses which are paid for by the Institute.
For 2022, there are three positions for election and the nominated candidates are:
Eddie Weir PPCIAT MCIAT
Nominated candidate for President Elect
I feel a huge sense of honour, privilege and responsibility in representing CIAT and the profession of Architectural Technology, and no less so having the opportunity to address you once more with immense gratitude for your continued kind encouragement and nominations once again for President Elect.
It is hard to believe that I am nearly halfway through my term as your Immediate Past President. Although it has been an exceptionally busy few years, I am conscious that there will be even busier times ahead as our Institute continues to deliver its Corporate & Strategic Plans throughout the world and deal with headline issues such as climate change, the Review of Architects Regulation ensuring that Architectural Technology is properly represented in respect of the implications of the suggestion to protect function (rather than title) and the outcomes of the Building Safety Bill. All of which will require pronounced experience and leadership to ensure that CIAT maintains its continuing position as leaders within the construction Industry.
My term as your previous President during the COVID-19 pandemic was like no other in the history of our Institute and one which I hope will never be repeated in the future. Being restricted in serving you, our profession and our discipline, completely had at times been difficult and challenging… but it was also balanced with the successful outcomes it presented. One of these was the opportunity to meet with you all virtually and keep you updated on the fabulous work and initiatives that we were developing and working on and of course it was a perfect opportunity to ensure that everyone was reassured that support was there to those who needed it. For me personally, that support was reciprocal, your kind words of encouragement and gratitude and your request for me to accept further nominations for this role led to me standing for President Elect once again.
During my longstanding involvement with our Institute, I have visited many of our Regions and Centres. At every visit, I have been shown innovative practices and have met inspirational members and affiliates. Our successes are down in no small part to their energy and determination. I have met people who are passionate about their work and care deeply about what they do. To further augment this, it is important that we recognise the significant roles that our Regional and Centre Committees have to play and their responsibilities in shaping the future of our discipline.
I am the Principal Partner of Eddie Weir ADP, which since its conception in 1999 has grown into one of the most highly regarded architectural practices in Northern Ireland, undertaking many projects throughout Ireland and GB. Aside from my many CIAT responsibilities, externally, I am an elected Deputy Director of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), the Vice-Chair of the Northern Ireland Construction Professionals Council, and a member of the prestigious Management Boards for the Northern Ireland Construction Group and the Construction Industry Forum of Northern Ireland, representing CIAT and the built environment industry at the highest level. I am also an Ambassador for the Architects' Benevolent Society (ABS) and was honoured to be a recipient of the prestigious CIAT Gold Award in 2014.
It is imperative to me that we never lose sight of the bigger picture. We sometimes fail to see the impact we have and the endless possibilities in front of us just waiting to be grasped.
INSPIRE – we must enhance and encourage member engagement especially at a Regional and Centre Committee level. Develop good succession planning practices that will instil and illustrate the importance of the Regional and Centre Committees and Honorary Officer positions. Succession planning recognises that some jobs or positions are the lifeblood of any organisation and that these positions are too critical to be filled by anyone other than those who are best suited to perform the role.
I am delighted that my new Future Leaders initiative is gathering momentum and of course with every new Initiative, I once again would like your help and input to develop it. The Future Leaders’ proposal will be an important project to build a strong network of AT professionals to become the future leaders of our profession. This project will have an emphasis on building confidence, and the knowledge and understanding on the processes of (for instance) our electoral college and procedures, the regulations of the Institute, our Code of Conduct, our policies and position statements, information on our many different taskforces and what they do, the Conduct and Finance Committees, the roles and functions of the Honorary Officers and the President. And to potentially provide training on public speaking and the psychology behind delivering influential and powerful presentations.
Our aim is to promote and facilitate succession planning; and if developed successfully our future leader candidates will develop an intimate knowledge of the structure and workings of our Institute; and the candidates for our senior officer positions can be attracted from a wider pool of members (instead of those who feel you need experience as a Council or Board member first before progressing).
Effectively done, succession planning is critical to continued success and creates an effective process for recognising, developing, and retaining top leadership talent.
PROMOTE – as an international organisation, we must continue to expand our communications and visibility by educating and promoting to the wider general public, the value and expertise that our members have to offer. Through the continued work of our incredible Public Bodies Engagement and Public Procurement initiatives (which I am delighted to continue to be a key lead on for the foreseeable future), we will continue to increase our visibility simply by the outcomes of our achievements. Uniquely, our biggest advantage and value comes from the fact we are able to consider design holistically by applying our broad range of knowledge, we are the Swiss army knives of architecture, and most certainly the lead discipline within the construction Industry. On a world platform we are held in high esteem by our peers. The contribution, views and the stances we take, matter. We must not be complacent about this and must continue to grow and enhance our international Centres and the great opportunities that comes with this.
SUPPORT – the built environment plays a crucial role in how people understand and value the world around them and the essential pivotal discipline of Architectural Technology is at the centre of this. If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it has demonstrated that the support available to our members and affiliates has been second to none. It is with this in mind… that I feel it is imperative that we continue to inform and advise that support will always be available to those who need it.
I believe that our members, affiliates and staff are the fundamental shopfront of our Institute. The way that we carry out our business illustrates to our peers that our competencies are second to none. That is why I consider it is an absolute honour and a privilege to be nominated once again for the position of President Elect. I shall continue as always to promote the incredible ability of our members and affiliates and I look forward to your continued support for this prestigious post at the Honorary Officer elections in September. It truly is a fabulous time to be an AT.
Nicola West MCIAT
Nominated candidate for President Elect
In accepting the nomination to serve as President Elect/President of CIAT, I am excited to be given the opportunity to offer a new chapter in the history of the Institute.
As the first female to ever hold the post, I will bring my extensive local and national experience to the role. I joined the South East Regional Committee in 1988, Regional Councillor from 1999-06, Membership and Education Committee from 1995-06, Finance Committee from 2005-06, Member of Executive Board from 2002-04 and Chair of the Membership Group from 2004-06. I also briefly represented CIAT on the CIC Equal Opportunities Taskforce.
I started my career as an office junior in 1984 in South London and was the first female to pass an ONC in Building at East Surrey College, Redhill. Since then, I have gained experience working for architectural practices, developers and interior designers on various residential and commercial projects.
As part of the Membership and Education Committee, I was fortunate to Chair Accreditation and validation visits, meeting with various universities. Inspired by the opportunities for further education and to develop my abilities further, I undertook a BSc (Hons) in Building (Production Management) by distance learning at Guildford College Surrey/Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2002 whilst being the only female on the programme.
I now live in Northamptonshire, working three days a week for an architectural practice in Leicester, working on large scale residential projects as their sole Architectural Technologist. In addition, I am continuing to run my CIAT Chartered Practice as RedBird Architecture providing technical support to architects carrying out small scale residential projects. My part-time employment will ensure ample time to carry out President Elect/Presidential duties.
I am very passionate about my role within architecture and the discipline of Architectural Technology and champion CIAT at every opportunity I get. I welcome the opportunity to lobby for CIAT and the profession of Architectural Technology with professional bodies, stakeholders and government.
As Technologists, we are analytical, methodical and creative. All of us in our various roles are often coming up with innovative ways to solve problems, develop design ideas and contribute positively to the built environment. Indeed, Dame Hackett's view of a building industry professional is the Architectural Technologist. I would use my position to promote our Chartered Members as the best professionals to collate, disseminate and co-ordinate the information needed for each gateway of the Golden Thread.
It is not only what we do but who we Chartered Members are that matters. We are not 'failed architects' or 'glorified technicians'. We are so much more than that; the Privy Council demonstrated that when they awarded us the Royal Charter in 2005. So, I would use my position to highlight to the construction industry our unique discipline and why our Chartered Members are relevant in today's fast-paced, technological age.
Indeed, the CIAT logo enshrines the fact that our discipline is born from our Chartered Members being the link between design and construction. Our specialisation is even more relevant today as we move into the changing world. A world brought about by technology, refinements in construction methods, the development of modern materials, BIM and the future of team working; all recently challenged by the effects of COVID-19 in the way we work.
As we come out from under the COVID shadow and the world returns to normal working, the opportunities for expansion and development of our Institute are perhaps more significant going forward than ever. So let us seize that momentum.
These last couple of years have been unprecedented for our members and affiliates. For some, the pandemic has hit both professionally and personally. Until now, many of those who have benefitted from sharing, learning, and teamwork within a vibrant office environment have been faced with remote working, changing work patterns and isolation. In speaking to friends and colleagues, maintaining our mental health and wellbeing are essential in filling our roles. Over recent times, many of us have found ourselves working with little or no social interaction with all the psychological challenges this can bring.
Whilst there have been many opportunities for taking part in Continuing Professional Development, either in person or more recently virtually, there remains the need to relate to members and affiliates through local connections. So, I will propose that we encourage members and affiliates to form 'local chapters' (introduced when we were SAAT). This initiative will offer members and affiliates practical support, with the opportunity to catch up informally with other local architectural professionals once a month in an informal setting over drinks or meals and travelling no more than 30 minutes to such meetings. Members and affiliates run the Institute for members and affiliates with help from the staff at City Road. Indeed, those who have given time to the Institute have found it rewarding both socially and professionally.
Many challenges are facing us in today's construction industry. As a Chartered body, CIAT has an obligation to society. I would use my position to comment on built environment issues affecting the public. For example, I would hope to use my post to lobby Government and industry to highlight the appalling treatment of home occupiers living in homes with cladding stripped, no cavity barriers or unsafe balconies. As a result, many live in dwellings unfit for habitation or unsaleable through no fault of their own. Effective, practical remedies for all such householders must be put in place, legislatively if needs be. I would achieve this by actively seeking collaboration with other professional bodies to get the message across.
On behalf of our Chartered Members who have CIAT Chartered Practices, I would also use my position to review available professional indemnity insurance to ensure Members are fully protected with suitably effective and cost-efficient cover.
I would also hope to use my position to arrange for ‘technical’ or ‘practice’ CPD packages be put on the website for members and affiliates to access. Each topic could be on core subjects that are relevant and current to our members and affiliates and would be available for a nominal charge. These could be downloaded as needed and used against CPD requirements.
If you vote for me, you will be selecting a candidate with an established provenance at Council and Executive Board. I am enthusiastic and forward-thinking. As an Institute, it is time to move forward; it is time for a fresh approach.
I am happy to respond to the Regions, Centres and Council questions. I am available for virtual meetings to discuss my candidacy and manifesto. Elect me. Let me show you what I can achieve!
Doug Fewkes MCIAT
Nominated candidate for Honorary Treasurer
In preparing my manifesto, I sit and contemplate that only a short two years ago, CIAT and the world alike, were plunged into the most significant challenges of our modern times with COVID-19. As your Honorary Treasurer at the time, we were challenged to take some significant decisions in order to protect your Institute and members and affiliates alike.
We now are beginning to see the world emerge from the pandemic and whilst there may still be some knock backs still to face, CIAT, through the stewardship of your Honorary Treasurer has weathered the storm and we see ourselves able to face the new challenges that will present themselves.
Unlike the unexpected impact of a global pandemic, we are fully aware of more significant challenges that CIAT and its members and affiliates will face in the coming years and by being able to take the correct decisions now will greatly affect the membership and affiliates and CIAT for years to come.
- Work has already begun with litigation to protect Members in Ireland that will ultimately impact on the membership and affiliates, not just in the Centre, but across all arenas within which members and affiliates practice.
- We also prepare for the changes that will inevitably come from the new fire regulations following the outcome of the Grenfell Tower enquiry and of course the position all of our members and affiliates will have in the coming months and years. Ensuring sound financial management of CIAT will ensure that these key tasks are supported to the fullest needs.
- The Review of the Architects’ Regulations and the impact that any proposed changes will have on our members and affiliates abilities to practice.
These key emerging issues will need the full weight of CIAT behind them and the investment of significant amounts of time from our teams in Central Office along with key external support areas will inevitably require funding.
In addition to these opportunities, we also set ourselves new challenges with the commencement of writing the next Strategic and Corporate Plans. Facing the need to grow Regionally, nationally and internationally. Not simply in our membership and affiliate numbers but as the foremost respected professional Institute within the construction industry. Our reputation is not simply down to the totality of our membership and affiliates, but the reach that each of our members and affiliates has and the way in which they conduct themselves in promoting the profession of Architectural Technology.
The tasks do not just stop at these significant issues that CIAT faces on the global stage and as I have outlined in this manifesto.
I cannot lose sight of the needs to support our Regions and Centres, the life blood of CIAT. Our Regions and Centres are our salesforce on the ground, promoting all aspects of the activities of CIAT to the general population. As CIAT Chartered Practices, In the delivery of CPD events to members and affiliates and careers events to provide the opportunity for new students to become interested and ultimately to undertake in education that will lead to membership and ultimately for the benefit of our society.
Again, and as I did two years ago, I task our Regions and Centres to challenge the Finance Committee, and myself as your Honorary Treasurer, to fund the support and development of activities in the promotion and development of CIAT. In doing so, I encourage our Regions and Centres not to think themselves just as silos, but to work collaboratively with adjacent Regions and Centres for the mutual benefit of CIAT. There are great examples of outreach such as the CPD in 43 initiative and using this as an exemplar as to what can be achieved.
Whatever the challenge, be it an un-known global pandemic or known activities that we set ourselves through the next Strategic and Corporate Plans, as your Honorary Treasurer I will continue to help steer CIAT for the future of it and all members and affiliates alike. I pledge to take on the difficult issues and aim to make CIAT a global lead Institute it continues to be. In doing so I strive to ensure that CIAT and its members and affiliates are best placed to promote, for the benefit of society, the science and practice of Architectural Technology.
Daniel (Dan) Rossiter FCIAT
Nominated candidate for Vice-President Technical
After completing an Accredited Architectural Design Technology programme at Coventry University, I spent several years in practice at Cardiff City Council; designing new schools as well as the extension and refurbishment of existing buildings such as leisure centres and listed libraries. During my time in practice, I developed an interest in technical standards, digitalisation, and optimisation. This led me to the Building Research Establishment where I developed training, spoke at events and worked with businesses across the globe to develop their approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) as well as represented BRE on standards committees as their subject matter expert. For my efforts, I was nominated and awarded the inaugural Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year Award.
In my current role as a Sector Lead for the Built Environment at the British Standards Institution (BSI), I provide strategic insights relating to the built environment through my understanding of design, procurement and construction in the form of thought leadership, public speaking and outreach. In addition, I contribute to the development of national, European, and international standards through technical input as well as the convenorship of several international working groups.
Since joining CIAT in 2006, I have actively tried to support the institute and the discipline, at all levels, where possible.
Locally, this has included reviving the Wales Region, Chairing both aspirATion Wales and the Wales Region, and my current role as Regional Councillor. Centrally, this has included contribution to several taskforces including the Special Issues Taskforce, Projects Taskforce and the Technical Standards Taskforce, of which I am currently Co-Vice Chair.
In addition, I have contributed to specific subject-matter related questions and queries relating to technical documentation, information management and BIM as well as having presented on these topics on behalf of CIAT at external events and as part of the CPD in 43 series.
What you can bring to the Institute?
Anyone who has worked with me will know I bring energy and rigour to everything that I do. I intend to apply this energy to the role of Vice-President Technical.
The Vice-President Technical is an externally facing position creating a need to engage with external stakeholders including Government. As part of my current role within BSI, I have strong relationships with individuals within several government departments such as BEIS, HSE, DLUHC and the IPA. This is due to my involvement in key sector activities relating to competency, building safety, digitalisation and construction products. In addition, I maintain strong working relationships with key members of the Construction Leadership Council, Construction Industry Council, Constructing Excellence and other professional bodies and trade associations such as APS, CABE, CIBSE, CPA, RIBA and the UK BIM Alliance. I plan to leverage these relationships to support a more holistic built environment as well as share and integrate lessons learnt by others.
Goals as aligned to the Strategic and Corporate Plan
This is a tricky topic as, if I’m fortunate enough to become Vice-President Technical, I would not be appointed until the end of our existing 2018-23 plan. However, at the 2021 AGM, I suggested our next plan should have a closer relationship to government strategy documents and policies such as the Construction Playbook and Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to 2030. With a key aim of our existing 2018-23 plan being to enhance the profile of the discipline, I believe an effective way of doing so is through alignment with these strategy documents, as they identify the vision for a future built environment. I hope to ensure that Architectural Technology is a firm part of this vision.
Why vote for me?
As our only Member who is employed by a national standards body, I have a unique perspective on the strategic direction of the built environment as well as the technical subject matter expertise needed to realise it. As such, I want to work towards fortifying members’ and affiliates’ technical capability to both promote and make our discipline even more resilient. My main vision for doing so is by providing all members and affiliates with better access to good practice.
To achieve this, I plan on developing the member and affiliate knowledge zone through the introduction of new information sheets and practice resources on topics such as safety, fire, sustainability, information management, technical documentation, as well as other technical issues and relevant changes to legislation and regulations. I want to continue conversations I have had in relation to a more appropriate model for members and affiliates to access good practice content, such as standards. I also want to introduce exemplars; to allow members and affiliates to share their good practice with the wider institute. However, I am also keen to hear from you during my campaign to understand the technical support you require and how I can help to facilitate it as Vice-President Technical.
Time commitment to the role
In the past, I know that concern is expressed when employees are nominated for such roles. To put you at ease BSI has given its support and I report directly to Ant Burd (Past President of CABE) who understands the commitment required and has wholeheartedly supported this nomination. In addition, through my current involvements listed above, I already regularly attend meetings and events I would be expected to attend as Vice-President Technical; mitigating the additional time commitment.
I look forward to a spirited campaign and hearing your views on how I, as Vice-President Technical, can support you, your Region or Centre, and the institute as a whole. Please feel free to get in touch!
Gareth Sewell FCIAT
Nominated candidate for Vice-President Technical
I am a Fellow Chartered Architectural Technologist with over 34 years’ experience within the built environment.
I have worked at several practices, from large multinationals to SMEs, working on a varied range of projects from small to large scale residential developments as well as healthcare and educational developments in the UK and overseas. During my working career, I have, and continue to, learn from very knowledgeable people as well as being exposed to new technology such as object based CAD/BIM solutions. This subject matter expertise has allowed me to travel the world, (South Africa, South America Middle East and the Far East), assisting Governments, companies and individuals with their adoption of the BIM process.
Currently I am involved with the Institute as a member of the Special Issues Taskforce and serve as Co-Vice chair for the Technical Standards Taskforce. I also represent CIAT on several BSI standards committees relating to BIM and design management as well as the newly formed Uniclass Advisory Board. I am passionate about ensuring that the Chartered Architectural Technologist’s pragmatic approach is represented, and workable solutions are adopted to improve industry.
I feel that I can bring a practical approach to the role of Vice-President Technical with an emphasis on assisting SMEs with adoption of new technologies in a beneficial way. As part of my roles, I feel it is important for the industry to be working collaborative to ensure more effective working, reduction in waste with methods accessible for all practitioners; regardless of their size.
In line with the Strategic and Corporate Plans, the goals that I am proposing to focus on if elected are as follows:
- Competency and Capability – The Institute needs to ensure our members and affiliates meet and exceed the requirements of the forthcoming Building Safety Bill as outlined by Dame Judith Hackett; in particular the role of the principal designer. I would look at developing member and affiliate sharing zones to promote and share good technical detailing along with the adoption of new technical solutions, especially around modern methods of construction. I would also look at educating members and affiliates to engage with suppliers to ensure correct technical information is a standard deliverable. In addition, I have been helped throughout my career by having excellent mentors and would look at how the Institute reaches its membership and affiliates to encourage more knowledge sharing.
- Technical Guidance – As we are all aware regulations and standards are arguably changing faster now than ever before and that it will become a core requirement for the Institute to help members and affiliates stay fully informed and current in their knowledge. However, as I work for an SME, I fully understand the costs that can be involved in obtaining and maintaining standards. Single copy and subscription based approaches can be a cost hurdle that prevents/restricts knowledge sharing and learning in smaller enterprises. With the help of the Institute, I would like to work with standards providers to formulate an approach that ensures the industry has a cost-effective method for all involved.
- Technology – The adoption of new technology can be costly and time consuming, especially for SMEs. as such it is critical to ensure that they can compete effectively against other providers. With the assistance of the Institute, I propose to create a specialised Taskforce, open to all, to allow for good practice and new ideas to be developed and disseminated to members and affiliates to assist with the adoption and implementation of these technologies. This could be through the creation of ‘Knowledge Zones’ available via the website which would include good practice guidance developed by our members and affiliates and external parties along with engaging with suppliers from all sectors to offer services to Institute members and affiliates to facilitate this.
As SMEs make up nearly 95% of our industry, I believe it is important that they feel just as supported and championed by the Institute at all levels as any others would be. My experience to date means that I am particularly suitable to be the voice of the SMEs to ensure our colleagues working in these organisations are properly represented within our Institute.
To do so, I would look to engage with members and affiliates to ensure appropriate guidance is easily accessible and available to assist them both in following the institute’s policies and Code of Conduct as well as complying with legislation and regulations as they are first introduced as well as when they inevitably change.
I ask that you vote for me as I wish to promote the excellence of our members and affiliates and the values, skills, and knowledge they bring. I am passionate about promoting the role of an Architectural Technologist as a fulfilling and dynamic career path for all. In addition to facilitating excellent technical information which will aid members and affiliates making a real difference to the quality of our built environment.
I have an excellent relationship with my employer who sees this role as an important requirement to promote our Institute. They have actively encouraged me to share my knowledge and passion for the discipline of Architectural Technology, much in the same way that they did when training me at the start of my career. As such they will allow me time to perform the role of Vice-President Technical to the best of my abilities.
I have a keen interest in scuba diving and I am a qualified PADI Rescue Diver along with a passion for photography, motorsport, and travel (pre-pandemic!)
If you would like to discuss anything about this manifesto, I can be reached via LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/gareth-sewell-fciat-9a327b18 and if you have any ideas that you would like to discuss then please contact me.