The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
(CIAT) represents over 9,000 professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology. CIAT is internationally recognised as the qualifying body for Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) and professional Architectural Technicians (TCIAT).
Architectural Technology is the science and technical aspects of architecture primarily based upon the twin concepts of designing for performance and production through the use and integration of technology.
CIAT is a membership based organisation, owned by and operated on behalf of its members.
The objects of CIAT are:
a) to promote, for the benefit, the science and practice of Architectural Technology;
b) to facilitate the development and integration of technology into architecture and the wider construction industry to continually improve standards of service for the benefit of industry and of society;
c) to uphold and advance the standards of education, competence, practice and conduct of members of the Institute thereby promoting the interests, standing and recognition of Chartered Members within the industry and the wider society.
The Institute has a growing network of members who are based in various Regions around the UK, as well as its Overseas Centres in Hong Kong and the Republic of Ireland.
The origins of CIAT began following a report by the RIBA in 1962 calling for the establishment of ‘an institute for technicians’. Consequently, on 12 February 1965, the Society of Architectural and Associated Technicians
(SAAT) was founded, representing and qualifying technicians within construction. In its first year, 1,799 technicians joined the Society. In the following decades SAAT successfully embedded itself as a recognised body within the construction industry.
On 1 May 1986 SAAT became the British Institute of Architectural Technicians
(BIAT), to reflect the specialisms of Architectural Technicians. In 1994 the title of the Institute changed to British Institute of Architectural Technologists
, to recognise the development educationally and in practice of the professionally qualified Architectural Technologist. In 2002 the Institute introduced a new technician grade to recognise the professionally qualified Architectural Technician.
In its fortieth year, the Institute was recognised by incorporation by Royal Charter
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in July 2005. Full Members became Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT).
CIAT’s Executive Board, Council and sub-committees are composed of members, who all give their time voluntarily.
The Institute’s head is the President, who is also the Chairman of Executive Board and Council. The President (a trustee) serves for a period of two years, following a year as President Elect. At the end of the term as President, a further year is served as Immediate Past President. The remainder of the Executive Board is also made up of the trustees.
The Executive Board is responsible for the management of the Institute and ensures that the strategy approved by Council is implemented.
Council, which consists of 24 members drawn from sixteen Regions, the Republic of Ireland Centre and Honorary Officers, remains as the Electoral College and is also the strategic forum of the Institute.
It is the work of the Institute's various committees and taskforces to develop these policies and to address particular issues.
CIAT has over 9,000 members. Qualified Architectural Technologists are designated MCIAT
and Architectural Technicians TCIAT