BSBL attends 2017 CIAT Awards

Iain Strudley, Lead Architect and Office Manager of BSBL, an associated company of the BSB Group, attended the 2017 Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) Awards event, held at the Village Underground in Shoreditch, London.

The awards are the first of their kind dedicated only to those involved in Architectural Technology, and in true CIAT style, the notion of a glitzy, glamourous black tie event held in an ostentatious 5-star hotel was passed up for a more personal affair in one of London’s more trendy spaces, under the railway arches in hipster hotspot Shoreditch – not a round table in sight…

BSBG attends 2017 CIAT AwardsIn attendance at the awards were CIAT’s James Banks , Memberships Director; Dr Noora Kokkarinen, Assistant Education Director; Amina Khanum, Assistant International Director; Adam Endicott, Communications Director; Diane Dale, Practice Director; and Kevin Crawford, VP Technical.

Speaking of the award winners themselves, Iain remarked that the projects were of an excellent standard, and reserved particular praise for the students, saying: “For me, the student awards stood out from the practice awards, for both research and actual design projects. The level of creativity and understanding within the student entries I found to be extremely encouraging and promising for the future of our industry.”

2017 CIAT Awards results:

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report)

Sharrow Nursery and Community Centre by Daniel Black, Sheffield Hallam University

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project)

The Gateway Hotel by Edward Kercher, Southampton Solent University

The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (below £750,000)

New dwelling at Craigwell, Aboyne by Stuart Davidson Architecture

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

“The Word” National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields by FaulknerBrowns Architects


BSBG, as a huge advocate of early stage technology adoption and development within the industry, enjoys a strong, longstanding relationship with CIAT. This long term relationship is something BSBL is keen to replicate, having now started operations in London, the home of the institute.

About CIAT

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the primary governing body for Architectural Technology. The institute examines and qualifies Architectural Technologists (who have MCIAT after their names). Architectural Technologists have become integral to advanced modern day architecture, largely as a result of the work of CIAT – which has been around since the 1950’s in its original guise. Those that gain the MCIAT from the institute are qualified to work on project planning, inception, design and delivery; applying building science, engineering and technological understanding, as well as providing an intrinsic link between conceptual work and project realisation. BSBG has six MCIATs in its Dubai office, two Architectural Technician interns in the Ho Chi Minh City office, and is a regular at events hosted and attended by the institute – including the European BIM Summit in Barcelona, where Senior Architectural Technologist Mark Vaughan was invited as a delegate of CIAT, hosting a presentation on BIM in the Middle East.

BSBG looks forward to welcoming back Tara Page, CIAT’s International Director along with James Banks and Amina Khanum to Dubai in due course as they visit the UAE.

Read about BSBG’s Mark Vaughan attending the BIM Summit as a guest of CIAT here (link)