Paul Smith is the owner and founder of Moliorgreen Architecture and Managing Director of Paul Smith Property Development in addition to lecturing at Leeds Beckett University in construction & economics.
Paul has spent over 30 years working in the commercial sector in a range of design and construction led disciplines from advertising and marketing to magazine publishing. Paul’s current business interests include architecture and construction across the commercial and residential sectors.
In addition to honours degrees in Architectural Technology from Leeds Beckett University and economics from the University of West London, Paul has also studied Business Administration at Cranfield University and Ashridge Business School. Paul has also worked one-to-one with Kalid Aziz of the Aziz Corporation, leaders in executive coaching.
Paul now sits on the Finance Committee at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) as Hon. Treasurer and plays an active role within CIAT at Regional level with specific responsibility for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) within Yorkshire.
Paul cites his motivation for running successful businesses within the built environment as expensive hobbies – old wooden boats, series Land Rovers and motor bikes – all of which seem to require a never-ending supply of funds.
Paul is based in Ryedale on the edge of the North York Moors National Park providing services to the residential and commercial sectors of Yorkshire, Humberside and Cleveland.
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.
Gihan Badi MCIAT
Gihan is Director of an established Architectural Technology practice that provides professional and good quality architectural design for new buildings, converting and extending existing buildings and refurbishments. In addition, she is a Lecturer Assistant at the School of the Built Environment and Engineering, Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, Leeds Beckett University and undertaking her PhD in building resilience into urban planning and focus on the community participation with professionals on events of natural disasters. Gihan used to work for DLG Architects LLP (September 2004– October 2015), as an Architectural Designer and Chartered Architectural Technologist. She has worked on various projects in both Libya and the United Kingdom and her portfolio of projects is wide ranging. These projects cover most sectors of commercial architecture which include:
• New build of residential, retail, mixed-use, offices, leisure and hotels projects.
• Extension of commercial offices, shopping centres, residential and mixed use.
• Sensitive development and refurbishment works of Grade II listed and conservation areas.
She is also qualified as an Architect from Libya many years ago and has been working in the UK since 2004 as an Architectural Designer and is not recognised as an architect by ARB. Having a passion for Architectural Technology after earning her BSc in Architecture Technology in 2014, Gihan became a Chartered Member of CIAT. For her, promoting and raising the profile of the Institute within the construction industry is the reason she is involved, and to enhance and improve her performance through networking with other professionals.
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.