Meet CIAT's Executive Board
Kevin has been a Chartered Architectural Technologist for over 20 years with experience in both residential and commercial design. Prior to forming his own practice, Crawford Architectural Design in 2009, Kevin was Architectural Manager for Bellway Homes (Scotland East) and Bett Homes in Scotland.
Crawford Architectural Design is based in the south side of Glasgow with an expanding network of clients. The practice specialises in residential and commercial design, and provides a full and tailored design package individual to each project, and offers bespoke advice for the production of SAP Calculations, thermal modelling and Energy Performance certificates that are legally required for new build domestic property.
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Eddie feels a huge sense of honour, privilege and responsibility in representing CIAT and the profession of Architectural Technology.
During his Presidency and longstanding involvement with the Institute, he has visited many of the Regions and Centres. At every visit, he was shown innovative practices and met inspirational people and inspirational members. He believes our successes are down in no small part to their energy and determination. Eddie says he has met people who are passionate about their work and care deeply about what they do. To further augment this, he says 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
Eddie is 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, with many projects throughout Ireland and GB. During much of this time he has served the Northern Ireland Regional Committee and proudly held the position of Regional Chairman.He is an Executive Officer of the influential Northern Ireland Construction Group and the previous vice-chair of the Construction Professionals’ Council of Northern Ireland. Eddie was honoured to be a recipient of the prestigious CIAT Gold Award in 2014.
As an Architectural Technology and Management graduate of the Ulster University with over 25 years’ experience in practice, he is frequently invited to deliver presentations regarding Architectural Technology and Architecture to other professional institutes and universities. Eddie continues to represent CIAT on numerous taskforces, councils and committees and speak on behalf of the Institute at Government level and at major-industry events on issues regarding Architectural Technology and the wider industry.
Together with the President and Chief Executive, the Honorary Secretary is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Council, Executive Board, AGM and Conduct Committee in line with the Laws of the Institute (the Charter, the Bye-laws, the Regulations and Code of Conduct and other forms of regulatory provision made by the Institute).
For the first eight years of employment Gordon was in private practice with three small practices. As the practices were small, he gained a wide and varied experience quickly which has stood him in good stead through my career. During those years, Gordon was involved in projects from an attic conversion to a new hospital as well as bars, restaurants, factory units, health clubs.
In 1995, he joined a national housebuilding company and since then has remained within the housebuilding industry and is currently with Persimmon Homes West Scotland.
Having spent the majority of his career in the housebuilding industry it follows that Gordon's speciality will be housing of all descriptions, from multi storey flats to individual dwellings. Primarily he is involved in timber frame construction but traditional build poses no problem.
Gordon does not consider the projects he has worked on exceptionally noteworthy with the exception of one project which is the first six storey timber kit housing development in Scotland. He considers his main achievements to be ensuring the projects he works on are from an architectural prospective well managed.
Gordon thoroughly enjoys working in the building industry. It has a great variety of characters and no two projects present the same problems – thus he feels it is essential that he keeps fully abreast of changes to legislation, new products and construction techniques.
He never tires of promoting CIAT at any opportunity and he represents CIAT on a number of committees. Gordon believes CIAT belongs to it’s members and it is only with self promotion by the members that it will continue to flourish in the future. He feels we should all be proud of how much CIAT has achieved in such a short time.
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The principal role of the Honorary Treasurer is as Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee, works with the Chief Executive and Finance and Operations Manager, to oversee the financial matters relating to Institute business such as the budget, the setting of subscription rates and reviewing and approving the independently audited accounts; and makes recommendations regarding finances to the Council and Executive Board. The Honorary Treasurer also presents to members at the AGM and reports via the Annual Review.
The role of Vice-President Education, working with the Education Director and Membership Director, is to ensure that the Institute’s standards for education and membership are maintained, retain currency and promoted. The Vice-President Education is invited to attend all meetings administered by the Education and Membership Departments and will represent the Institute at relevant external meetings and events.
The Vice-President Education works with the Education and Membership Departments on issues such as qualification development and Accreditation, standards maintenance and membership recruitment, retention and progression.
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Jill graduated in 2014 and has recently achieved Chartered Member, MCIAT in May 2019. She has had the opportunity to work on a variety of commercial and healthcare projects. An early highlight was a project for the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, to facilitate the testing of cells in clinical trials.
She is currently an Architectural Technologist / Project Manager at Hamilton Architects, Belfast and works as both the Designer and Project Manager for the rollout of new stores, relocations, extensions and refurbishments of Specsavers Optical Superstores throughout Northern and Southern Ireland. Jill runs jobs from conception to completion and has numerous projects on simultaneously which keeps her on her toes.
Jill enjoys getting out to site as she feels it's where your drawings come to life. She feels very fortunate to have project sites all over the country, so has seen a lot of Ireland recently.
Josie has been a Director of a small family-run practice since 2005 - DPS Sussex Ltd - which was established over 35 years ago. She focuses on residential projects, helping clients negotiate the planning and building regulations process. Josie became a Chartered Member of CIAT in 2017 and a member of the South East Region later that same year.
Michael O'Keeffe FCIAT
Councillor Trustee & Centre Councillor, Centre C2 Republic of Ireland and Centre Chair
Following graduation with honours from Waterford I.T. in 2009, Michael has worked on a wide variety of projects in the South-West of Ireland and Greater London area. He joined CIAT as an Associate in 2010, became a Chartered Member in 2014 and a Fellow Member in 2022. He is also a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), Chartered Building Engineer (MCABE), Registered Building Surveyor and a Certified European Passive House Designer.
Michael is a Director of design-led CIAT Chartered Practice healycornelius design with offices in London, UK and Kerry, Ireland. His experience includes delivery of high-end residential refurbishments and new-builds in London and Ireland to the restaurant, entertainment and retail sectors in the Greater London area, including acting as technical lead as part of the D&B Team for the external refurbishment works to the Imperial War Museum, London, designed by Foster + Partners.
Michael was the Principal Designer for the development of the 3no. 2-bedroom mews house development in Camden, London which received a Commendation in the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology at the AT Awards in 2019.
Michael often represents the Institute at trade shows and conferences, including speaking on the Architecture, Design and Planning Stage at the National Construction Summit, Citywest, Dublin in 2018 and 2019 and SelfBuild Live in 2020.
He is also a member of the ATR Working Group, collaborating with CIAT and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) in efforts to form the Architectural Technologists Register (ATR), to position competent Architectural Technologists on a statutory footing in respect of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BC[A]R) 2014 to act as Design/Assigned Certifiers in the Republic of Ireland.
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Jamie attended the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen between 2010 and 2014, graduating with a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology. He then obtained a work placement in January 2013 at Inspired Design & Development Ltd, being offered a full-time contract once graduated and working part-time throughout his final year of studies.
Upon graduating, Jamie began working full-time at Inspired Design & Development Ltd as an Architectural Technologist. Initially, he worked on small scale domestic projects to gain vital knowledge of the industry. Since July 2014, he has remained in the same postition completing several projects that range in size and contract value from domestic extensions to a 1.5 million pound equestrian centre.
Throughout Jamie's career thus far, he has always been proactive in being a part of the Institute, from a student member through to Chartered Member.
Being young and taking that step from university to practice was a challenging time for Jamie. As part of the aspirATion Group, he hopes to make that jump more simplistic for members and show why it is important to be part of the Institute. Jamie aims to arrange social events through to continual personal development courses and ultimately form a committee for the Scotland East area. He has a strong link with the course leaders at RGU and this will only assist with upcoming graduates and members.