12th May 2017

What is Architectural Technology?

12th May 2017

The question often comes up about the difference between and architect and an architectural technologist.

From the qualifying body for Architectural Technology (CIAT):

“Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture; a creative, innovative design discipline rooted in science and engineering.

It forms the link between design and realisation. At its core, is the anatomy and physiology of a building or structure, its relation to context, how it is assembled and how it performs through form, function and fabric.

Architectural Technology achieves efficient and effective construction and robust, sustainable design solutions that perform and endure over time”.


You can search and find Lewis Visuals under ‘Find a practice’ on the CIAT website here.


Memorandum of Understanding RIBA & CIAT

There should not be, nor is there, any competition between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

In the latest news, on May 8, 2017, CIAT and RIBA updated their Memorandum of Understanding. This was signed by CIAT’s President Gary Mees and RIBAs President Jane Duncan. The MoU builds on a previous Agreement between the two Institutes.

The Institutes commit to supporting this renewed collaboration which provides a basis for an alliance of professional institutions and organisations in architecture and architectural technology.

CIAT Short History

The origins of CIAT began following a report by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 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 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 in July 2005. Full Members became Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT).


Continued Professional Development (CPD)

CPD – Revit 3D Modeling Training


CPD Design Sketch Workshop

Within the Institute’s Code of Conduct it states that the “members (excluding student members) shall keep themselves informed of current practices and developments appropriate to the type and level of their responsibilities; and be able to provide evidence that they have complied with the requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) as published by the Institute from time to time”.

The Institute has also set the requirement that such members have a professional obligation to undertake a minimum of 35 hours CPD in any one year.

At Lewis Visuals, we regularly have internal Design Sketch Workshops as well as different stakeholders and trade offering CPDs.  We keep up to date with design developments; new materials as well as planning particulars and surveying tools. There are also regional events, courses and seminars.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch. We would love to explain more. Call us on 01252 714 985.

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