Natasha is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and is employed by Whittam Cox Architects as a Project Leader. Her current role focuses on the Retail sector delivering projects nationally across the UK.
Her career began at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 where she studied for a BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology. Here, she gained a 2:1. As part of her studies she undertook a work placement at Humphreys Teal Partnership working on a variety of projects across commercial, retail, residential and specialist conservation projects.
She later completed a PGCE Secondary Design and Technology Education at Sheffield Hallam University gaining a first and later returned back to Humphreys Teal where she continued her career as a graduate. At this point Natasha became a proactive member of the Yorkshire Region and has held a number of roles since, including; Deputy Regional Councillor, Education Officer, aspirATion Chair and now currently holds the position of Regional Councillor and CIAT representative on the CIC Yorkshire and Humber Committee.
As part of a practice merger she joined the team at HTC Architects focussing on retail and housing developments and later joined Whittam Cox Architects undertaking a variety of roles focusing on student accommodation and retail.
Natasha has also recently completed an MSc Technical Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University where she focussed on Community Projects, Vertical Farming, Technical Design Innovation, Natural Disasters Architecture, BIM, Environmental Design and the UK’s Housing Shortage.
Natasha was shortlisted in 2017 for Best Woman in Architectural Technology at the WICE Awards.
Alastair Kennedy MCIAT
Alastair is an Associate Chartered Building Surveyor and Architectural Technologist with Castle Owen, principally acting as designer and contract administrator delivering multi-disciplinary refurbishment, alteration, and extensions projects; recently included specialist laboratory and research facilities for Nottingham and Sheffield universities, and ongoing redevelopment of Sheffield Hallam’s Atrium Heartspace.
He also provides consultancy services of building survey, defects diagnosis, Party Wall matters, principal designer, access consultancy, asbestos management, and quality monitoring.
As a recent member of CIAT, Alastair has benefited from the assistance throughout his career, and wishes to extend his APC supervisor / councillor experience to aid technologists and technicians secure membership through CIAT.
Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat MCIAT
Matthew was elected Regional Treasurer in 2015. This position serves to manage the Yorkshire Region Committee's finances and liase with the Institute's Central Office on financial matters. Matthew is also a member of the Institute's Education Board.
Matthew is Course Director for Architectural Technology at Leeds Beckett University where he engages in course development and management, teaching, research, consultancy and other enterprise activities. His specialist area of research and consultancy focuses on the thermal performance of building fabric.
Matthew's involvement with CIAT began in 2005 when he was asked to write a series of research articles for the Institute's Architectural Technology Journal. He has since served on various committees, panels, taskforces and focus groups.
Nathan Oliver MCIAT CEnv
Regional CPD Officer
Nathan graduated from one of the first CIAT Accredited Architectural Technology courses at the University of Huddersfield in 1997, achieving the highest grades during each year of study. Since then he has worked in numerous practices up and down the country, most notably Building Design Partnership [BDP - a major, award winning, international firm] where he was one of the senior designers on the c£550m Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. In 2005, Nathan started his own micro-practice and now completes work of a much smaller scale where he is involved at every stage of a project.
Nathan successfully achieved full CIAT Chartered membership in 2006 and this was followed by the Chartered Environmentalist qualification in 2009.
Since 2017 Nathan has been actively involved with his local CIAT Yorkshire Regional Committee as he feels it is important to be give something back to the CIAT community and to help inspire others. Nathan helps with local governance, decision making and organising CPD events. Nathan has also recently become involved with the CIAT Biophilic Design Virtual Group and hopes to help inform about the importance of integrating nature into our everyday life.
Anwar is the founder and owner of Architectural Improvement Ltd, an architectural design practice, based in Sheffield. Working as Director and Architectural Designer, he provides architectural design services for domestic projects in Sheffield, the Midlands & South Yorkshire. In addition, he is interested in BIM and sustainable design, and tries to implement the latest technical architectural design methods.
Originally, Anwar started training as a Libyan Architect, but didn’t apply for ARB registration. Instead, he took the MSc in Technical Architecture at Sheffield Hallam. He found it extended his profession, by filling the gaps in technical knowledge and also enhances his architectural experience.
Anwar joined CIAT as a student while studying, and after he finished his Masters, he attended most events in the South Yorkshire region. The activities and CPD events became a professional passion for Anwar, so he decided to join the Committee to help and support them.
Paul Tinsley MCIAT
Paul worked at Laurie Reader Designs, a CIAT Registered Practice based in Cottingley. Established in 1997, the practice covers commercial, leisure and private housing sectors and uses Revit for all their work. Paul completed a part-time MSc in Technical Architecture at Sheffield Hallam. He is keen to see where he can get applying Autodesk Revit, visualisations, energy and daylighting analysis to inform and improve designs.
Paul became involved in the Regional Committee because he sees the benefit of a Chartered profession as a distinction from the myriad of building designers, and thinks the best way to get up to speed is to get involved. Plus, he says, someone’s got to eat the sandwiches...
Ethan is a recent graduate from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Architectural Technology. Both prior to, and during his time in education, he has gained experience in a range of work settings varying in size and scope. Ethan is currently an Associate member of CIAT and is working towards becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist. He is presently employed at Sheffield City Council's Capital Delivery Service, an in-house multi-disciplinary practice, which aims to regenerate the city and surrounding areas.
Ethan has previously contributed to the aspirATion magazine with an article discussing the benefits a placement year brings to students and their education. He has also recently been awarded the CIAT Outstanding Graduating Student Award 2020.
Ethan is hopeful that in the future he can share more experiences with like-minded aspiring Architectural Technologists. As the current aspirATion Chair for the Yorkshire Region, Ethan is looking to make the group more inclusive and promote the discipline to wider audiences.