Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Report 

Paul Laycock MCIAT



As a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Chartered Builder, Paul specialises in excellence in technical design of all types and sizes of buildings with a special interest in sustainable solutions, healthy indoor environments and successful buildings for all users at all stages of a building life cycle.

His involvement with CIAT has spanned many years and many tasks and roles. Previous Vice-President Education, Member Panel Moderator, Professional Interview Assessor and Accreditation Panel Chair amongst those.

As an academic, Paul's main role is in inspiring and shaping the future professionals that will be the next generation of the built environment sector.

Dr Suha Jaradat FCIAT



Dr Suha Jaradat is Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment and Programme Leader for Architectural Technology at Edinburgh Napier University. She leads the strategic development and delivery of a suite of postgraduate, undergraduate and graduate apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of built environment disciplines, including Architectural Technology. 

Dr Suha is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Fellow Member of CIAT. She completed her PhD at the Design Innovation Research Centre at the University of Reading, which investigated the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in interdisciplinary practices in the UK and USA.

She is an Advisory Group Member for QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology and holds External Examiner positions at national and international institutions to support the development of programmes in Architectural Engineering, Building Technology and related areas; and examine a range of academic perspective in Architectural Technology and Design.

Dr Jonathan Scott FCIAT



Dr Jonathan joined Robert Gordon University in 1992, completing an HND in Architectural Technology. He went on to complete a first class Honours degree in the same subject, graduating in 1998.

Except for a short stint in industry, Jonathan has worked in research and teaching for the Robert Gordon University on a variety of projects, developing his interests in the areas of environmental design, energy monitoring, life cycle analysis, social and occupancy evaluation. In addition, Jonathan is also interested in a research and educational aspect, in CAD, surveying technologies and historic conservation.

Since 2000, Jonathan has undertaken a PhD (an EPSRC funded studentship), the title of which is "Optimising The Relationship Between Passive Solar Design of New Housing and Land Value", in the field of environmental design, creating a decision making tool for the selection of detached homes. He completed successfully in 2004, and he has since been employed as a Research Fellow at The Robert Gordon University.

Ann Vanner FCIAT



Ann is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Fellow Member of CIAT, architect, an educator, a practical researcher and academic. She brings an uncoventional and unwavering passion for the built environment sector and detailed construction knowledge, as well as project management and problem-solving abilities. Practical creativity is her starting point and approach. This fosters the idea of learning through doing and inspirational pragmatism. She is passionate about the importance of design detailing – believing that for a building to function well, so must its details.

She is a senior lecturer and teaches on the Architectural Technology and architecture programme at undergraduate level and at Masters level on the MSc in Conservation and Adaption at University of Central Lancashire. 

In addition to her architecture and research work, she is involved with a not-for-profit organisation, ACT for Housing, which aims to work with key anchor organisations in Lancashire to develop sustainable housing for local community groups. 

Ann's involvement with CIAT includes the MCIAT Professional Assessment as a Panel Moderator and as a Committee Member for the North West Region in her role as Regional Educational Officer for Universities.


Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Project

Paul Laycock MCIAT



As a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Chartered Builder, Paul specialises in excellence in technical design of all types and sizes of buildings with a special interest in sustainable solutions, healthy indoor environments and successful buildings for all users at all stages of a building life cycle.

His involvement with CIAT has spanned many years and many tasks and roles. Previous Vice-President Education, Member Panel Moderator, Professional Interview Assessor and Accreditation Panel Chair amongst those.

As an academic, Paul's main role is in inspiring and shaping the future professionals that will be the next generation of the built environment sector.

Christopher Day FCIAT



Christopher is a Chartered Architectural Technologist with over 20 years of professional experience spanning complex design refurbishments in Central London and leading billion-dollar mega-build projects in Dubai. 

For Christopher, each project is a puzzle that requires time to process and logical thinking to be completed successfully. This focused commitment and competence towards each project has given him scrupulous ability to simultaneously manage design development, technical coordination, risk mitigation, BIM delivery and programme tracking.

Reputable for leaving no stone unturned when leading successful design and construction packages, he is also a firm advocate for embedding lessons learned into company standards and aims to raise the industry standards overall. Christopher's future-thinking has seen him provide invaluable mentorship to developing architectural professionals, where they themselves have climbed the ranks under his guidance and work ethic. 

Róisín Ní Chatháin FCIAT



As a Partner at architecture and planning practice BPTW, Róisín plays a leading role in the delivery of large-scale residential, mixed-use and regeneration projects. Her ability to manage multiple pre- and post-planning stage projects, successfully lead design and consultant teams, and her strong understanding of the technical aspects of projects has led Róisín to develop excellent working relationships with clients, contractors and consultants.

A Fellow Member of CIAT, in 2020 Róisín's exceptional talent and architectural ability coupled with her dedication to the profession and endless support for her fellow Architectural Technologist was recognised when she won the Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year at the AT Awards. In 2021, she was also awarded the Alumni of the Year award from Edinburgh Napier University for her dedication to the profession, and in recognition of her efforts to further the careers of the next generation of Architectural Technology professionals through a number of mentoring schemes. 

Dr Poorang Piroozfar FCIAT



Dr Poorang is the Subject Lead for the Built Environment and experienced principal lecturer (associate professor) in Architectural Technology at the School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton. He has a demonstrated working history in the higher education industry on three continents. Dr Poorang is highly skilled in BIM, sustainable design, sustainable development, architectural design and urban planning. He is a strong professional with an MArch focued on urban regeneration and mixed-use/multi-function design and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on mass customisation and personalisation in architecture, with a proven track record of research in design, architecture, the built environment and construction.

Usman Yaqub FCIAT



Usman is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Fellow of the Institute. Since 2007, he has worked in professional practice going on to establish Studio Yaqub in 2014, which is an award-winning CIAT Chartered Practice.

Usman has worked in all sectors and specialises in working on challenging sites whether they be residential or commercial. In addition, Usman is an Associate Lecturer at the University of West England (UWE) having originally studied there and now involved with a range of architectural programmes, particularly Architectural Technology. He has also been actively involved in the Institute at a local level since 2018 and is currently Regional Chair and CPD Officer for the Wessex Region.

In 2021, Usman received the Institute's prestigious Gold Award, as recognition for his significant contribution to the Wessex Region and Institute with his implementation of a newly reinvigorated CPD series which has significantly impacted engagement within the Wessex Region and on both a national and global scale.


Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

Justin Kelly FCIAT



Justin is a partner at BPTW, an award winning CIAT Chartered Practice which is design-led with over 125 Architectural Technologists and architects with studios in London and the Midlands.

He acts as the lead Architectural Technologist at BPTW and has been an examiner at the Architects Registration Board, Secretary at the RIBA South East London Society of Architects (SELSA) Branch and is currently a Professional Interview Assessor for CIAT.

Having previously lived and worked in Rotterdam, Justin has gained experience on various residential led developments in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam. He completed a Diploma in Sustainable Urban Design from the International Institute for the Urban Environment in Delft, the Netherlands.

Dr Gihan Badi FCIAT



Gihan is the founder of GB Ateller, a CIAT Chartered Practice for architectural services, with more than 20 years of experience in the built environment sector and academia in both the United Kingdom and Middle East. As a sole practitioner, Gihan has gained experience on various residential and commercial led developments in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland. 

Gihan is a Fellow Member of CIAT and a Chartered Architectural Technologist. She is also a Fellow Member of Higher Education Academy with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Planning, Housing and Human Geography.

In addition, Gihan is an Assessor for CIAT and has been a member of the Yorkshire Regional Committee for many years, and she is actively involved with her professional Institute at local and national levels. Gihan was previously the Regional CPD Officer (2014-17) and the Regional Committee Chair (2017-19).

In 2017, Gihan was a Finalist for Best Architectural Technologist in the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

Dan Clements MCIAT



Dan is a Chartered Architectural Technologist with many years' experience in the design and detailing of domestic and non-domestic properties. With a strong design background, Dan has built a reputation for providing creative solutions to a variety of briefs.

Dan set up CIAT Chartered Practice Aditus Architectural Services Ltd in 2015 to specialise in both private and commercial architecture. As a former CDM-c, Dan is fully qualified to act as 'principal designer' under the 2015 CDM regulations. He recently acted as principal designer on the high-profile demolition of the Central Plaza Hotel in Carlisle, working for Carlisle City Council.

Dan is the current Vice-President Practice for CIAT and sits on the Institute's Executive Board. 

Hadeel Saadoon FCIAT



Hadeel is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Fellow Member of CIAT. She works as a Principal Consultant, Digital at Turner and Townsend working with the Real Estates Digital team and focusing on the education sector.

Alongside being an ambassador for Women in Construction, she is also an ambassador for nima (previously the UK BIM Alliance), founder for BIM4Estates group, regional lead for Women in BIM and a member of the West Midlands Regional Committee.

Anthony Walsh FCIAT



Throughout his career, Anthony has acquired a varied but extensive knowledge within most sectors of the construction industry and through the diversity of the projects that he has been involved with has attained considerable experience in a wide range of government, residential, retail, commercial, leisure, industrial, educational and health care developments. He is able to work from feasibility and inception through all the various stages of design and specification process and utilising his excellent presentation and technical skills is capable of working to strict budgets and timescales. Combine this with his valuable on-site job running expertise, Anthony forms an important link in any team.


Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year and the aspirATion Award for Emerging Talent in AT




Alex is Group Head of Technical for Churchill Retirement Living – a national developer of Retirement Living Properties, employing over 700 employees across the group. A proud, respected and adept Chartered Architectural Technologist with over 35 years in the industry, he is an expert in delivering complex projects in the private sector. His knowledge and understanding lies in technical design, contract delivery, team and project management, client representation, research, interpretation of and application of current regulation and influencing future regulation. His clear thinking and excellent communication have led to a proven track record of process improvement.

As well as previously serving as the South East Regional Councillor and Chair for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, he was also its President from November 2017 to November 2019 and is an Honorary Fellow of Solent University.

Alex has also sat on various Accreditation Panels for universities offering Honours Degree programmes in Architectural Technology. As a mover and shaker in the industry, he currently sits on the NHBC Technical Forum and the HBF’s National Technical and Sustainability Committee and is involved with the Future Homes Hub work on embodied and whole life carbon.

He is people focussed and this drives him as an ambassador for gender balance, equality and inclusivity in the built environment. It also extends to him being known as a true collaborator. A strong believer that holistic design equates to great design, fosters a passion and respect in him for fellow, complimentary professionals and partner institutes driving him to forge solid and lasting relationships both in the UK and internationally.

Alex has been a judge for the Building Innovation Awards, the WICE Awards, Association of Project Safety Awards and the LABC Awards. This year he has been invited as an industry leader to be a judge for the British Construction Industry Awards which he has accepted.

As a public speaker, Alex has delivered talks across the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. His thought leadership articles continue to be published in publications and across social media.

Paula Bleanch MCIAT



Paula studied Architecture and Construction Project Management and her main field of expertise is in design management. Much of her work in industry concerned the design and build of large PFI (private finance initiative) projects, including award winning schools, offices, hospitals and library buildings. In 2008, Paula left industry to join the teaching team at Northumbria University where she was a final year tutor. She is now based in Denmark.

She has previously undertaken mentoring training as part of a scheme set up by the National Association of Women in Construction and has particular experience working as a female in the built environment sector.

Bharat Gohil MCIAT



Bharat is both a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Chartered Construction Manager. With over ten years in design and construction, Bharat specialises in offsite superstructure design and manufacture for construction. His solid technical background has assisted his development in the built environment sector leading him to consulting designers and engineers in best practice for offsite design.

Bharat has leveraged his industry experience and technical knowledge to focus on digital construction. As part of his role as a Technical Specialist at Autodesk, he is driving change with sustainability whilst ensuring construction projects meet and exceed industry standards and expectations.

Joe Hyett ACIAT



In 2018, during his time as a student, Joe joined CIAT and its Regional Committee as Vice-Chair of aspirATion Wessex and has contributed to the creation of the 'CPD in 43' Series of lunchtime talks, collaboration events with other institutions, and the continued reinvigoration of the Wessex Region. He gradually worked his way to the position of Overarching Chair of aspirATion at the end of 2023.

Joe studied BSc Architectural Technology and Design at the University of the West of England, where he was awarded the CIAT 'Outstanding Graduating Student in Architectural Technology'. He continued in education to complete his Masters of Architecture in 2021, during which time his thesis project was awarded the Wessex Prize and shortlisted for the President's Silver Medal. Since then, Joe has continued to demonstrate his dedication to the profession, completing the PGCert in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture in 2023. His involvement in education continues at UWE Bristol as an Associate Lecturer, tutoring on the BSc Architectural Technology and Design programme.

Joe has worked in several sectors and at varying scales, from a large power station and extra care residential developments, to small-scale private houses and commercial developments. Much of this experience is across the South West of England, in addition to a period in Vancouver, Canada. Currently working with Connolly Wellingham Architects, Joe has led the technical development and delivery of several projects including a new admissions building for English Heritage at Old Wardour Castle, the ongoing refurbishment and upgrade of the Grade II listed Stanley Arts Centre in South Norwood, and the refurbishment and extension of Northly Farm, a historic farmstead in South Gloucestershire.




Gary has 49 years working in the industry and has been running his own practice for 20 years. He is a Past President of CIAT and now holds the position of the Construction Industry Council's Health and Safety Champion as well as Chairing Keeping Pace with Change Working Group, which is a Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) initiative.

His contributions externally have included a presentation at the Association for Project Safety 2013 Convention, in Belfast, on the potential implications of the CDM Regulations on designers and as part of a Panel for The Build Show held in October 2015. He has been a judge on the APS Student Award Scheme and External Examiner for Robert Gordon University.

Chris Yorke MCIAT



Chris is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Chartered Building Engineer who runs a small practice (currently five staff) in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Having started out as a trainee quantity surveyor, Chris made the move into architectural practice in 1988, initially working on large scale housing rehabilitation projects and later widening his experience to schools, sports pavilions, children's care facilities and heritage projects. Working up through the ranks, he ran countless successful projects from inception to completion and was a team leader (Principal AT) before leaving in 2006 to start his own practice.

He has also worked as a client-side advisor and facilitator on larger housing regeneration projects involving affordable housing and mixed development, which included working alongside senior representatives of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.


Gold Award

Gordon Souter MCIAT



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 Lovell Partnerships.

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.

He never tires of promoting CIAT at any opportunity and he represents CIAT on a number of committees as well as holding the role of Honorary Secretary. 

Kevin Crawford PPCIAT MCIAT



Kevin has been a Chartered Architectural Technologist for almost 30 years with experience in both residential and commercial design. Prior to forming his own CIAT Chartered 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. 

Adam Newell FCIAT



As a Senior Chartered Architectural Technologist within BDP, Adam works within the heritage team on prestigious grade 1 national treasures.

Adam has a range of experience ranging through small-scale to barn conversions, high-end residential, blue light services, through to extensive redevelopment projects of world heritage sites.

With a joint passion for sustainability, the built heritage, and how we integrate the use of BIM, Adam strives to push the boundaries through innovative solutions to deliver sustainable buildings that respond to the climate pressures, whilst being sympathetic to their cultural significance.

Graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2007, Adam continued to develop his career, gaining his MSc in Technical Architecture from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009, before completing his MA in Conservation and Regeneration at Sheffield University in 2013. The same year, he completed and gained Chartered status of CIAT.

Adam continues to be involved with the Institute as a prominent figure within the Greater London Region where he is Regional Councillor. Adam represents the Region at a number of events and sits on various committees, as well as being part of the CIAT Mentor Match Me scheme providing support for the next generation.

Aled Rees FCIAT



Aled has acquired large but varied experience across several sectors within the construction industry with a wide range of projects including government, commercial, leisure, educational, infrastructure, healthcare and residential. He can work throughout all stages of the design, construction and specification processes and utilises his expertise to manage difficult and complexed projects with strict budgets and timescales. In addition to his invaluable on-site experience working closely with contractors, Aled is seen as a key link within any team.

Eddie Weir PCIAT



Eddie feels a huge sense of honour, privilege and responsibility in representing CIAT and the profession of Architectural Technology.

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 the UK. During much of this time he has served on the Northern Ireland Regional Committee and proudly held the position of Regional Chair. 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.