Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Report 

Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat MCIAT, Vice-President Education

Chair

 

Matthew is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Chartered Builder and Chartered Environmentalist. Since 1994, he has held positions in construction, architectural practice, academia and technical consultancy. During this time, Matthew has designed and managed new-build, refurbishment, restoration, renovation and conversion projects across a wide range of building types. Matthew is Programme Director for Architectural Technology at Leeds Beckett University. His specialist area of research and consultancy focuses on the thermal performance of building fabric. In addition, Matthew has participated in several scientific and specialist committees for academic conferences and he has acted as a reviewer for academic journals.

He has been actively involved with the Institute at both local and national level since 2005. He is a member of the Education Board and the Regional Treasurer for Yorkshire. Matthew has participated in many MCIAT and CEnv Professional Interview Panels, represented CIAT when interacting with the UK Green Building Council, been a member of the Membership Futures Working Group and Climate Change Taskforce.

Gareth Alexander MCIAT

Judge

 

Gareth is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and is lecturer and Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Management at Ulster University. He is a dedicated and enthusiastic academic. As Regional Education Officer and Committee member for the Northern Ireland Region, he promotes and champions Architectural Technology in Northern Ireland and beyond. Gareth is a Member Panel Assessor for CIAT and a member of the Membership Group.

He is currently External Examiner for Architectural Technology programme at the University of Central Lancashire and has previously engaged in similar roles at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Wolverhampton.

Brian Dempsey MCIAT

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Brian Dempsey MCIAT is programme leader and lecturer on the BSc (Hons) in Architectural & BIM Technology at Waterford Institute of Technology. He is an NSAI approved thermal modeller, certified passive house designer and holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development. His research interests include building information modelling and building envelope analysis for thermal and hygrothermal performance.

Dr Heba Elsharkawy MCIAT

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Dr Heba is a Reader in Architecture, Cluster Leader for Architecture and Design and Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Visual Arts, University of East London. She led the BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology programme between 2016-20. As a trained architectural engineer, Dr Heba holds a PhD in Environmental Design and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, having achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PgCUTL). She has been a Principal Investigator to a British Council funded project; Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment (2016-19). She has organised and led two international conferences, four professional training programmes, undertaken world class research and developed international dual degree programmes.

Dr Poorang Piroozfar FCIAT

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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.

Dr Jonathan Scott MCIAT

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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. He is Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree programmes at The Robert Gordon University. 

 

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Project

Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat MCIAT, Vice-President Education

Chair

 

Matthew is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Chartered Builder and Chartered Environmentalist. Since 1994, he has held positions in construction, architectural practice, academia and technical consultancy. During this time, Matthew has designed and managed new-build, refurbishment, restoration, renovation and conversion projects across a wide range of building types. Matthew is Programme Director for Architectural Technology at Leeds Beckett University. His specialist area of research and consultancy focuses on the thermal performance of building fabric. In addition, Matthew has participated in several scientific and specialist committees for academic conferences and he has acted as a reviewer for academic journals.

He has been actively involved with the Institute at both local and national level since 2005. He is a member of the Education Board and the Regional Treasurer for Yorkshire. Matthew has participated in many MCIAT and CEnv Professional Interview Panels, represented CIAT when interacting with the UK Green Building Council, been a member of the Membership Futures Working Group and Climate Change Taskforce.

Dean Bieganek MCIAT

Judge

 

Dean is a Chartered Architectural Technologist with 30 years of combined experience in the built environment sector. He has two qualifications from Canada – a Poly-technical Diploma in Architectural Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies – Architecture, from the University of Manitoba.

Following his degree, Dean initially worked in architectural practice and after 16 years of working in industry, he made a bold move to shift career direction and enter the world of academia. He is currently the Academic Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying Programme at University College of Estate Management.

Joe Healey MCIAT

Judge

 

After seven years in London and nearly five years in the Middle East, Joe relocated to Melbourne, Australia in September 2019 and was working for an international architect in the CBD, before moving onto specifications with NBS Australia. As a Chartered Architectural Technologist and with his technical expertise, both combined to be a crucial factor in securing the job, and he has developed particular interest for heritage conservation projects, as well as stadia and sporting buildings.

 

Paul Laycock MCIAT

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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.

Carl Mills FCIAT

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Carl is a former practitioner that now leads the building programmes for external engagement and is Programme Director of Architectural Technology at Coventry University. Within CIAT, he sits as a Trustee on the Executive Board, a Committee member of the Membership Group, Accreditation Panel member, Professional Interview Assessor and an active member of the West Midlands Regional Committee.

Virginia Rammou MCIAT

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Virginia Rammou is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Chartered Architect. She was formally the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology programme at the University of Westminster. She has extensive experience in practice and is interested in the relationship and cross fertilisation between architecture and technology. Her research focuses on the relationship between architecture, health and palliative care. She is currently Senior Lecturer for Liverpool School of Architecture.

 

Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

Mark Kennett PPCIAT MCIAT CEnv CIAT–Accredited Conservationist

Chair

 

Mark is a partner in a private practice based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Wilson Kennett Partnership, and has a wide knowledge and experience in the discipline of Architectural Technology, specialising in such areas as conservation and sustainability. Mark is qualified as a Chartered Environmentalist and as a CIAT–Accredited Conservationist.

As a Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists since 1980, Mark has been actively involved with numerous Committees and Taskforces relating to membership, education and technical issues. Mark has also been a consultant on several books related to the industry and has spoken at numerous seminars across the UK.

Dr Gihan Badi FCIAT

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With more than 20 years of experience and background in the built environment sector and academia in both the UK and the Middle East, Gihan is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and a Fellow Member of Higher Education Academy with Doctor of Philosophy degree in Planning, Housing and Human Geography. Gihan manages her own architectural practice, GB Atelier.

In addition, Gihan is an Assessor for CIAT and a member of the Yorkshire Regional Committee and actively involved with her professional institute at local and national levels. In 2017, Gihan was a Finalist as Best Architectural Technologist in the European Women in Construction and Engineering.

Steven Hedley MCIAT, Vice-President Technical

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Steven is an experienced Managing Director of his own practice with a history of working in the architecture and planning industries. He is skilled in CDM, ecological design, feasibility studies and specialising in the technology of architecture. A strong business development professional, he is now in his second term as Vice-President Technical.

Sophia Kee MCIAT

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Sophia is an enthusiastic and communicative individual with a proven track record in global design studios working on projects from concept through to completion. She is an innovative and creative consultant with experience in large/complex projects, including sustainability strategies, rating systems, green innovation and project management. Project sector experience includes mixed-use, aviation, residential, master-planning and commercial buildings. Sophia has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.

As well as project experience, Sophia holds an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design and is an LEED accredited professional, and holds Estidama and BREEAM certifications.

Justin Kelly MCIAT

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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.

 

Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year

Gary Mees PPCIAT MCIAT

Chair

 

Gary has 47 years working in the industry and has been running his own practice for 19 years, a Past President of CIAT and now holds the position of the Construction Industry Council's Health and Safety Champion along with this, 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.

Paula Bleanch MCIAT

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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 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 Women in Construction and has particular experience working as a female in the built environment sector.

Bharat Gohil MCIAT

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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 and DfMA. 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 is Chair of the Wessex Region and has helped develop the Committee and welcomes new faces and new ideas. Along with spearheading numerous social events for the Region, Bharat is now leading the Committee in providing useful online CPDs to help maintain members learning despite COVID-19 restrictions.

Alex Naraian PPCIAT MCIAT

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Alex is Head of Architecture and Building Surveying at Private Property Projects, who are a part of Strutt and Parker, BNP Paribas Real Estate. He possesses a broad knowledge of traditional and classical architecture. His career has seen him deliver many projects for new build, refurbishment, conservation, retail, institutional, educational, leisure and commercial buildings.

He studied at Southampton Institute of Higher Education and started his career in the late 1980s and was privileged to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Solent University in 2016. He has sat on various Accreditation Panels for universities offering Honours Degree programmes in Architectural Technology. He has been a judge for the Building Innovation Awards, the WICE Awards, Association of Project Safety Awards and the LABC Awards. He speaks publicly on a variety of industry related subjects at universities, exhibitions and events, in the UK, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. As an author, his articles continue to be published in various industry publications.

Chris Yorke MCIAT

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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.

He worked as a client aide advisor and facilitator on larger housing regeneration projects involving affordable housing and mixed development. This included working alongside senior representatives of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. He now runs his own practice in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.