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Chartered Insititute of Architectual Technologists (CIAT) AT Award Winners

by on September 21, 2018

The Chartered Insititute of Architectual Technologists (CIAT) held their annual Architectural Technology Awards ceremony last Friday, 14 September 2018. The prestigious occasion celebrated the high-quality achievements of professionals across the sector, with the AT students awards also recognising innovation among architectural students. The Planning Portal was delighted to sponsor the event.

The dynamic evening, hosted by Matt Allwright, was attended by a range of representatives from across the built environment industries. The accolades were presented by the CIAT President Alex Naraian.

Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year

Dan Rossiter MCIAT walked away with the hugely esteemed Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year Award. The following is taken from Dan’s citation:

“[Dan] is demonstrably a credit to CIAT with much of what he does open to wide and critical scrutiny. He is a recognised industry professional commanding respect from CEOs and industry leaders. Through his role at BRE as Senior BIM Communicator, his personal energy and his award-winning Blog, they all combine as a multiplier effect to the benefit of UK construction.”

Excellence in Architectual Technology

The coveted Award for Excellence in Architectual Technology went to Historic Environment Scotland/Reiach & Hall Architects for The Engine Shed, based in Stirling, Scotland. CIAT had this to say about the winners:

“Excellent conservation practice is demonstrated through the use of traditional materials, technology and sustainability to demonstrate the adaption and reuse of a historic building for a new life. With sustainability at the heart of the design, the judges were unanimous in their decision that the project is the worthy winner of the 2018 Award.”

The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology, which is reserved for projects valued £750k or under, was awarded to John Coward Architects Ltd, for a property called Old Gale Farm, in Ambleside. Old Gale Farm is a 17th Century farmhouse which has been restored as a tranquil yet modern dwelling. Here is what CIAT had to say about the award:

“Careful consideration of the breathability of existing structures shows an excellent understanding of how to combine traditional methods of construction to meet the demands of modern living.”

Kevin Crawford MCIAT, Chair of the Judging Panel and Vice-President Technical, commented:

‘The finalists for both Awards were all of an exceptional standard and the winners all shared one thing — a clear demonstration of Architectural Technology as a key design function and how necessary it is to achieve buildability, usability and create inclusive environments. My congratulations go to all our finalists and I look forward to visiting the projects and presenting the plaques for permanent attachment to the buildings.’

Student AT Awards

The Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project), which honors achievement based on university or college assignments, went to Elizabete Jakobsone at the Institute of Technology Carlow, for her ‘School of Architectural Technology’ project.

The Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report), which honors achievement based on research achievement in Architectural Technology from a dissertation assignment, was awarded to Darren Nelson, University of Central Lancashire for his ‘In Situ Reinforcement of Timber Beams in a Conservation Setting’ study.

More information about the winners and finalists for all these awards can be found on CIAT’s website.

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