AT Awards 2020 winners revealed in CIAT's first ever online awards event

AT Awards 2020 available to watch on our YouTube channel

Presented by CIAT President Eddie Weir on 3 December 2020, the AT Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in Architectural Technology for both students and practitioners.

The online event – hosted by the Institute's resident MC, Matt Allwright with high production values from production company Voytek – was attended by a cross section from the built environment sector and showcased Architectural Technology, both in practise and as a key academic discipline, demonstrating the the growth and impact within the UK and internationally. It can be viewed in its entirety here.

The 2020 winners are:

The Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year Award

Winner: Róisín Ní Chatháin MCIAT
Róisín's exceptional talent and architectural ability coupled with her dedication to the profession and endless support for her fellow Architectural Technology professionals are just several of the reasons she has been nominated. She is respected, admired and recognised by her peers and professionals. An exceptional Chartered Architectural Technologist with a keen eye for detail and an in-depth understanding of our industry, she is also an extremely reliable colleague who can always be depended upon to carry out a job to the highest standards.


The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Small to medium

Winner: Buchanan House – PJC Architecture
This individual home in County Durham, classified as a 'Paragraph 55 House', functions for its occupants with clever use of the site and innovative design. With sound technical detailing and selection of materials it utilised available resources onsite to overcome site conditions. Whilst simple in its form, the well-executed design and construction ensured a clean and well thought through scheme. This is a showcase for demonstrating how Architectural Technology has supported the design, making it an outstanding winner.

Highly Commended: Formation of STEM Hub – Stuart Davidson Architecture
Clever detailing with attention to detail is a stand-out for this formation of a STEM Learning Hub, which is an extension to the existing campus at Borders College in Roxsburghshire. Educational in both design and use, the Hub is a robust submission with good Architectural Technology and design aspects which result in a building that is simple in form and function.

Commended: Extension & Renovation, Dore, Sheffield – France and Associates
A thoughtfully designed extension and renovation of an existing home to provide inclusive living accommodation in Sheffield. Carefully matching the specific client requirements, the new extension is in harmony with the original character of the host structure.

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Medium to mega

Winner: The Catalyst – GSSArchitecture
The Catalyst is a new build educational and commercial project constructed on the Helix development within Central Newcastle. The detailing and integration of technology has resulted in fantastic spaces with extensive use of BIM for reduction in construction time, clash detection and buildability. A fantastic scheme which demonstrates the very best in Architectural Technology with BIM modelling through design, construction and delivery demonstrating a technical excellence in the delivered project. An outstanding winner of the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology in the medium to mega category.

Highly Commended: Norwich City Football Club Lotus Academy – LSI Architects
Norwich City Football Club's new Lotus Academy building provides a host of facilities with its design and structural approaches responding to humans' innate connection to the outdoor environment and promotes health, wellbeing, productivity and creativity, integrating many natural materials in the design. 

Commended: Paxman Academy – Concertus Design & Property Consultants
A functional new sixth form and 900 place secondary school Alderman Blaxill Secondary School site. BIM was used during the design phase to run clash detection simulations. This enabled a reduction in clashes and queries onsite.


Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Project
(recognising outstanding design achievement in Architectural Technology based upon a university/college assignment)

Winner: Karaan Sabherwal ACIAT from University of Derby for Integrated Project
A well planned and balanced project for a mixed-use development, which considers air circulation within the building across the seasons. The project is comprehensive in its approach and demonstrates a strong environmental strategy throughout with appropriate use of materials. The technical resolution displays and rigorous technical detailing makes for a functional building with good thought given to buildability. These combined makes the project outstanding as the Winner.


Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology | Report
(recognising outstanding achievement in Architectural Technology from a dissertation assignment)

Winner: Adeliia Papulzan from Birmingham City University for Early Design Computational Simulation Tools for Net Zero Energy Buildings
An outstanding report on the relevant topic of net zero energy buildings. The comprehensive nature of this technical report had many strengths, such as emphasising the impact that early design decisions made will have on the building's environmental performance during its usage. The adoption and usage of simulation tools are vital to embed energy and environmental performance as key aspects of a building design, which are well-suited to the Architectural Technology profession.

All the Awards, Finalists and winners are featured on our website here and in the winter issue of AT Journal.

The AT Awards reopen on 1 February 2021.

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