For the effective operation for any professional body, it is essential that it elects positions from amongst its membership to allow it to function within its Charter.
These positions are open to Chartered Architectural Technologists who are invited to give their enthusiasm, experience, strategic leadership, skills and time in a voluntary capacity to the work of the Institute set within the Strategic and Corporate Plans, as approved by Council. Contributing in such a capacity is two-way and Chartered Architectural Technologists who have been involved have benefitted and learnt from their experiences.
Within the Institute's governance, there are a number of core roles collectively known as the Honorary Officer positions. These are the President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Vice-President Education, Vice-President Practice and Vice-President Technical. These are all undertaken by Chartered Architectural Technologists in a voluntary capacity other than expenses which are paid for by the Institute.
For 2024, there are three positions for election which are now closed for nominations:
President Elect is a twelve-month role prior to succeeding as President. The President Elect position provides the elected Chartered Architectural Technologist the opportunity to gain an insight into the activity and role of President, working with the incumbent President, fellow Honorary Officers and the Executive Board. The Chartered Architectural Technologist becomes President Elect from the close of business at the AGM in the year they are elected.
The President is the principal external face and figurehead for the discipline, the profession, members and affiliates and the Institute. The Institute operates as a team and the position leads the team working with Council, the Executive Board and the Chief Executive implementing the Strategic and Corporate Strategy.
One of the key activities for the President is external engagement, with members and affiliates, fellow professionals and organisations at local, national and international level as necessary, both in person and remotely.
Serving for a period of two-years, the President will, amongst other functions:
- Chair the AGM (x2) and Council meetings (x4);
- Chair Executive Board (4 per year);
- Attend as a guest and representative of the Institute at various industry events;
- Meet with Presidents, senior officials, industry bodies and government ministers (from different nations) and personnel;
- Visit and/or network with the Regions and Centres; and
- Present on the Institute’s key strategies and the Strategic Plan.
Chartered Architectural Technologists who undertake this position must possess strong analytical skills and the ability to make informed decisions and considered judgments. The ability to interpret and understand information along with excellent communication and presentation skills is also key.
The Honorary Treasurer’s principal role is as Chair of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee works with the Chief Executive and the Finance Department, to oversee the financial matters relating to Institute business such as the budget, the setting of subscription fees and reviewing and approving the independently audited accounts. The Committee make recommendations regarding finances and financial policies to the Executive Board.
The Honorary Treasurer working with the Finance Department liaises with the Regional and Centre Committees and aspirATion Groups in relation to their budgets, returns, reporting mechanisms and policies.
The Honorary Treasurer presents to members and affiliates at the AGM. Chartered Architectural Technologists who undertake this position must possess strong analytical skills and the ability to make informed decisions and considered judgments. A good understanding of financial processes and ability to disseminate financial statements is also key.
The Honorary Treasurer, with the Finance Department and Chief Executive, ensures the Institute achieves its strategic aims with financial support set within the approved budget and in particular Aim 5, ‘remaining an effective and financially viable Institute’.
The Vice-President Technical works closely with the Vice-President Practice, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department and its relevant Taskforces in overseeing the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of technical standards within Architectural Technology and the built environment sector. The role also embraces current industry issues, impacting the nations in which CIAT has a presence.
The Vice-President Technical works to develop Institute position papers on issues affecting the profession and the built environment sector. They lead on consultations which affect practising Architectural Technology professionals and represent the Institute externally, as necessary. The Vice-President Technical reports to Council and Executive Board on the work relating to technical issues from the groups and their output and that of the Practice Department, within the Strategic and Corporate Plan.
In carrying out these activities it is essential that the Vice-President Technical:
- represents the members and affiliates externally relating to technical issues, lobbies for change or improvement and lobbies and promotes on behalf of the discipline;
- ensures the necessary documentation is produced for the benefit of members and affiliates on changes in legislation or regulations; and
- ensures the appropriate guidance is available to assist members and affiliates both in implementing and complying with legislation and regulations in their work and complying with the Institute’s policies and Code of Conduct.
A Chartered Architectural Technologist undertaking this position must be a practising Chartered Architectural Technologist and have knowledge of the technical aspects of Architectural Technology with an understanding of legislation and regulations. They must also be confident and able to represent the discipline at the highest level which includes governments.