This year there are three positions for election:
Nominations for these positions closed on 23 April 2018 and the candidates are presented here with their full manifestos:
Candidates standing for election
Kevin Crawford MCIAT
Candidate for President Elect
Read Kevin's manifesto on why he should be elected as President Elect
I believe what we do today shapes the industry of tomorrow. What we do inspires the next generation and stimulates those who have the passion, creativity and wisdom to embrace and drive new innovative ideas.
CIAT is at the forefront of our industry and is a dynamic forward-thinking organisation. As your President Elect, I will endeavour to uphold this ideal through listening to members and industry, to promote our membership, education and the discipline of Architectural Technology.
If elected, my role will be to offer direction and experience to achieve success for the betterment of our Institute, through leading, promoting and protecting the discipline of Architectural Technology and to enhance the profile and brand of CIAT.
Recognition is key to success. The relationships which we nurture are both fundamental and necessary to the CIAT brand. The actions of the President, together with the officers, staff and members all working together as a single voice are the public face of CIAT. Working with the Regions and all of the Centres is key in promoting the discipline of Architectural Technology.
It is our responsibility to shape and mentor the next generation. To encourage the young people of today to become the Technicians and Technologists of tomorrow. As the leading body in our industry, there is no better professional organisation who can provide a home for Architectural Technologists. However, where I feel we lack vision is in promoting the natural progression from Technician to Technologist or even promoting Technicians on their own.
There are no better ways of integrating young people into our industry than by offering apprenticeships, internships or placements to those who would benefit from the guidance and mentoring of a Chartered Architectural Technologist in practice. This is an area I believe we need to develop, fostering closer relationships with employers and engaging with colleges and universities at local, national and international level to promote Chartered Architectural Technologist practices as viable businesses.
As well as encouraging the next generation, it is my intention to enhance the benefits and services currently offered to our members and to ascertain their opinions on current services and what their expectations are from CIAT.
We must provide a clear indication of what the benefits are to be a member of CIAT. To do this we must first establish what our members do in the workplace. Providing the Board and the Institute’s Departments with statistical information would enable us to look at the efficiency of our resources, build a clearer picture of trends, help us plan for the future and provide a better understanding of what services we should be offering.
Finally, as a professional and passionate individual, I have been delighted to serve as your Vice-President Technical and if you were to elect me as your President Elect, not only would it be a great honour, it would allow me to continue to serve and promote CIAT and its members where I would carry out the role with integrity, transparency and professionalism to the best of my ability.
Paul Laycock MCIAT
Candidate for President Elect
Read Paul's manifesto on why he should be elected as President Elect
Growing the Institute into the future
Introduction and acknowledgement
I am very pleased and proud to be nominated for the post of President Elect for the elections in the coming September. I started my professional career as a Chartered Builder and came to membership of CIAT in 2004 while running my own development company along with my other two partners in the organisation. It was with this membership that I have found a professional home that I have become increasingly proud to represent over the years. With the culmination of that to date being my current position of Vice-President Education, where I am at present serving a second term of office, alongside my Regional involvement, and a national focus with the Education Board; as a Chair of course Accreditation Panels; as a Moderator of the Membership Assessment Panels; interviewing candidates on interview panels; judging the AT Student Awards; and involvement with a number of groups looking at particular issues to further the Institute and Architectural Technology as a discipline.
Through this I have had the very good fortune to work alongside the strong and dedicated staff team we have at Central Office and the equal fortune to meet and work with many of our members from all of our Regions and Centres.
The professionally qualified Architectural Technologist. A journey of many stages.
The astute amongst you will note that I have not mentioned in this title the Chartered Architectural Technologist. I believe that we are an industry and an Institute of opportunity and achievement. With the role of the Architectural Technologist not as a single achievement but as an ongoing journey of self-development and actualisation.
Included in that journey should be opportunity for many levels of professional development and achievement with the Institute as a focus for the promotion and celebration of the increasing richness and depth of expertise from our members.
The new Strategic Plan puts in place the building blocks for a more focused Institute going into the future and I believe I can be instrumental in transform those blocks into real and achievable actions for all our members to strengthen and build on the success of predecessors, Executive Board and Council in recent years.
One of the key challenges for the future is in identifying Architectural Technology as a career of choice at the early stages in education. With a second challenge in continuing to increase diversity and inclusion. With a clear vision of where Architectural Technology can take everyone, then identifying the skills and knowledge needed to lead to an individual into their place in the industry can only strengthen the Institute and the profession in the future.
I Promise: To campaign to strengthen the identity of Architectural Technology as a profession of choice and of pride in the impact we have on the world. To work to facilitate members to take pride in their profession and confidence in passing on their world and life changing experiences to the next generation of Architectural Technology professionals.
A career of aspirATion
The more professional we are the better our industry will become. Professionalism plays a key role in the betterment of our industry. It follows then that the better our industry is the more we will attract young people to it. We know a career as an Architectural Technologist has a lot to offer.
I Promise: To campaign to strengthen the identity of Architectural Technology as a profession of achievement, where any individual can aspire to develop and achieve to the best of their ability and there is a place for everyone. A career where we can say with pride “I helped to build that”.
A career of development
For me, membership is all about the members and an Institute that provides a life of opportunity for its membership. Development is made up of decisions and actions, followed by further decisions and further actions, until each of us have multiple chapters to our lives seeing us develop and achieve.
I Promise: To campaign to strengthen the identity of The Institute as the leader and first choice
A career of leadership
In an industry encouraging development, the culmination of this surely must be achieving leadership of other or in an area of personal expertise.
Leadership and innovation go hand in hand. Industry leaders have a direct impact on the ability of an industry to innovate and are the key to success and growth.
I Promise: To campaign to strengthen the identity of the Architectural Technologist as the innovative and technical leader of the design and construction process.
Serving, celebrating and expanding membership
I Promise: To serve, celebrate and expand membership, and to ask membership to celebrate and work towards a stronger profession.
What would I like to look back on?
If successful in this election I would like to end my term as President and look back on a stronger Institute; a stronger profession; and most importantly for me a stronger profession and Institute that has the entire journey of the professionally qualified Architectural Technologist as the centre of its vision and operation. I am the right candidate to make a real difference to our profession and if you share my vision, then vote for me.
Eddie Weir MCIAT
Candidate for President Elect
Read Eddie's manifesto on why he should be elected as President Elect
I feel a huge sense of honour, privilege and responsibility in representing CIAT and the profession of Architectural Technology, and no less so having the opportunity to address you once more with immense gratitude for the kind encouragement and nominations for President Elect.
It is hard to believe that I am halfway through my second term as your Vice-President Practice. Although it has been an exceptionally busy few years, I am conscious that there will be even busier times ahead as our Institute continues to deliver its Corporate & Strategic Plans throughout the world.
During my Vice-Presidency and longstanding involvement with our Institute, I have visited many of our Regions and Centres. At every visit, I have been shown innovative practices and have met inspirational people and inspirational members. Our successes are down in no small part to their energy and determination. I have met people who are passionate about their work and care deeply about what they do. To further augment this, it is important that we recognise the significant roles that our Regional and Centre Committees have to play and their responsibilities in shaping the future of our discipline. Quintessentially we need to make stronger and bolder stances on areas that concern us, especially in areas such as raising awareness and ensuring fair practice within public procurement.
Our Institute is most certainly at the forefront of our industry, and through the dedicated mind-set of its members and elected representatives, it will continue to draw strength from the connections and commitments of its talented people formed through genuine collaboration. For us, context and relevance are absolutely fundamental to everything that we do. When I sum up all the aims and visions contained in our aspirations, I have to tell you that our future looks exceptionally enticing, and the most thrilling part is that a significant proportion of those visions will become a reality within the next decade.
Those who know me, know I am passionate and proud of my Institute and my profession. I pay tribute to the incredible work and commitment that we receive from our Central Office staff and the representatives that form our Board and Council; and most importantly to you our members for all your support. It is evident to all of us that the future of our Institute lies in effective collaboration by working together as a team and being strong leaders and decision makers. These are important key performance issues that we have in our Institute’s Corporate Plan.
Aside from my Vice-President responsibilities, I am the Principal Partner of Eddie Weir ADP, which since its conception in 1999 has grown into one of the most highly regarded Architectural Practices in Northern Ireland, with many projects throughout Ireland and GB. During much of this time I have served the Northern Ireland Regional Committee and proudly hold the position of Regional Chairman. I am an Executive Officer of the influential Northern Ireland Construction Group and the previous vice-chair of the Construction Professionals’ Council of Northern Ireland. I was honoured to be a recipient of the prestigious CIAT Gold Award in 2014.
As an Architectural Technology and Management graduate of the Ulster University with over 25 years’ experience in practice, I am frequently invited to deliver presentations regarding Architectural Technology and Architecture to other professional institutes and universities. I continue to represent CIAT on numerous taskforces, councils and committees and speak on behalf of the Institute at Government level and at major-industry events on issues regarding Architectural Technology and our wider industry.
It is imperative to me that we never lose sight of the bigger picture. For some, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the minutiae and sometimes fail to recognise the importance of benchmarking and adhering what we do to our current and future Strategic and Corporate Plans. We sometimes fail to see the impact we have and the endless possibilities in front of us just waiting to be grasped. But it’s not about reacting to every last whim of the Government. It’s not about making headlines in the newspapers, or stealing the limelight on radio shows. Not yet. We will achieve those goals and more by enhancing our own strong vision of Architectural Technology and by continuing to develop our own strong sense of identity. It is evident to all of us that the future of our Institute lies in effective collaboration by working together as a team and being strong leaders and decision makers. These are important key performance issues that we already have in our Institute’s Corporate & Strategic Plans which we map against.
INSPIRE — we must enhance and encourage member engagement especially at a Regional and Centre Committee level. Develop good succession planning practices that will instil and illustrate the importance of the Region and Centre Chair and Officer positions. Succession planning recognises that some jobs or positions are the lifeblood of any organisation and that these positions are too critical to be left vacant or filled by anyone other than those who are best suited to perform the role. Effectively done, succession planning is critical to continued success and creates an effective process for recognising, developing, and retaining top leadership talent.
PROMOTE — as an international organisation, we must continue to improve our communications and visibility by educating and promoting to the wider general public, as to the value the expertise of our members have to offer. Our biggest advantage and value comes from the fact we are able to consider design holistically, by applying our broad range of knowledge to mitigate potential future issues. On a world platform we are held in high esteem by our peers. The contribution, views and the stances we take, matter. We must not be complacent about this and must continue to grow and enhance our Centres and the great opportunities that comes with this.
SUPPORT — the built environment plays a crucial role in how people understand and value the world around them and the essential pivotal discipline of Architectural Technology is at the centre of this. Whilst the current situation regarding the huge and uncertain ordeal surrounding BREXIT continues to remain challenging and fluid, we must be prepared to have robust strategies in place to deal with what the final outcomes of this may be; and offer strong support and guidance to those members, Regions and Centres who will be affected by the changes that this and the economic landscape may present.
I believe that our members and staff are the fundamental shop-front of our Institute. The way that we carry out our business illustrates to our peers that our competencies are second to none. That is why I consider it is an absolute honour and a privilege to be nominated for the position of President Elect. I shall continue as always to promote the incredible ability of our members and I look forward to your continued support for this prestigious post at the forthcoming Honorary Officers elections in September 2018.
Doug Fewkes MCIAT
Candidate for Honorary Treasurer
Read Doug's manifesto on why he should be elected as Honorary Treasurer
Standing for a potential third term as Honorary Treasurer gives me the opportunity to reflect on the work that has taken place over the past four years.
Coming into the post four years ago has seen two significant changes, with a change in staffing in the Finance Department and the recent departure of David Cheddie, Finance and Operations Manager. This along with the revisions to the financial regulations reporting have been a great challenge for the Finance Committee to manage and the changes have been delivered successfully.
This however is not the time to sit back and let these successes simply move along on their own pace. We now need to push on with the next round of challenges.
Our Regions and Centres
Allowing access to online accounts has given more control to the Regions/Centres of their financial allowances. However, with only a small number of Regions/Centres submitting annual returns, suggests that more work has to be done in supporting the development of Regional/Centre financial and business plans. As indicated in my presentation to the AGM in November last, I would like to see all of the Regions/Centres challenge the Finance Committee’s allowances identified for the Regions/Centres. To develop Regional/Centre business plans that mirror the Corporate and Strategic Plans which will ultimately see the growth of the Regional/Centre activities supporting the grass roots of the profession, aspirATion Group members, university engagement and more importantly the individual members within each Region and Centre.
The funding of our Departments within Central Office is obviously key to the on-going development of CIAT both within the United Kingdom, our Centres and internationally. It is now time for the Departments to push on and begin to turn this great work into real returns with income being generated by their activities. Outside of any increase in our general membership, financial growth must come from our widening exposure of the profession nationally and internationally with new membership streams being developed to support the export of CIAT as the architectural profession beyond our shores.
Our Corporate and Strategic Plans
Ultimately being flexible and able to respond to the Corporate and Strategic plans that are currently under review is essential if CIAT are to progress is a key for the Finance Committee. We must be mindful of these ongoing areas of development but also be able to respond when new areas of opportunity present themselves. Having a sound understanding of the Institute and future plans aids in my abilities to be offer insight and advice to the Institute.
In summary, my first two terms as your Honorary Treasurer have seen a number of challenges for the Finance Committee and Finance Department. We have come through these in a very strong position and have benefitted from the changes that we have taken on board. Now is the time to push on with the next challenges for CIAT Regionally, nationally and internationally. To challenge for continued growth in the name and recognition of the CIAT name, brand and reputation as the foremost professional body in Architectural Technology.
I thank you for your support to date and trust that having responded to the challenges to of office to date best places me to face the challenges of the next few years.
Steven Hedley MCIAT
Candidate for Vice-President Technical
Read Steven's manifesto on why he should be elected as Vice-President Technical
Firstly, I would like to say I am humbled by the nomination for the role of Vice-President Technical. I have actively been involved with CIAT since becoming a Chartered Member in 2012 and whilst relatively new to the Institute I am passionate about giving back to the institute in recognition for the benefits of me being a Chartered Architectural Technologist to my practice.
Since becoming Chartered I have actively sought opportunities to be involved with the running of CIAT. I am currently serving my fifth year as Northern Region Councillor and am serving a second term as an Executive Board Trustee. I am also a member of the Projects Taskforce within the Practice & Technical Department, I regularly attend CONIAC SME working group meetings and HSE briefings as the CIAT representative and was recently elected onto the Conduct Committee.
I believe with my experience and skill set I will fully embrace the role of Vice-President Technical and feel it is paramount the link between our Practice & Technical Department and industry is a strong one. Having first-hand experience as a member of the Projects Taskforce and Executive Board, whilst running my own business, I fully understand the time demands bestowed on the Vice-President Technical and the importance of its influence within the Institute, on our members and within our industry.
I graduated from Northumbria University with BSc(Hons) receiving the CIAT Award for Excellence for works in my second year and as ACIAT worked in private practice for 8 years. I formed Hedley Design Limited in October 2008 which is a CIAT Registered Practice and I have been operating as Principle to date. Hedley Design has grown predominantly over the past four years and with the support of our staff I am now in a position where I am able to dedicate sufficient time to the role of Vice-President Technical.
Personally, I have amassed a broad range of technical experience during my working career through working on residential extensions, mass new build housing and bespoke luxury dwellings. Commercial factories and international stadia, refurbishment works to banks, restaurants and retail units.
I have first-hand experience in the end to end running of a business and my experience extends to roles I have assumed as Client, Developer, Designer and End user. I have also been involved in product design and from 2008 to 2010 was part of a team that developed and brought to market a new SIP construction system and was personally responsible for product design/manufacture and industry certification.
As part of the day to day running of my practice I keep myself and our staff up to date with the latest legislation, standards and regulation changes throughout the industry and feel I am abreast of current practices and technology advancements.
Initially I have a number of objectives I would like to achieve if elected as Vice-President Technical which is by no means exhaustive and can be summarised as follows:
Open up our Taskforces to be more inclusive to our Regions/Centres and members to:
- Increase the depth of specialist expertise we have to draw on when making key decisions and formulating responses to papers and consultations.
- Increase member participation.
- Give better feedback to members.
- Allow better succession planning for key roles.
- Increase collaboration with other institutes.
- Encourage Regional/Centre contribution.
Develop the prominence of the Practice & Technical Department through AT Journal, website, events, shows and AT Awards programme to:
- Create better technical support and service for our membership.
- Increase the profile of CIAT to the wider market, public and other institutes.
- Continue to be the stand-alone industry leader in our field.
Increased collaboration with the Practice & Technical Department and Education Department in universities, events and meetings to:
- Unify the goals across the Departments in line with corporate plan and strategy.
- Increase profile of CIAT to potential and current members plus industry.
- Increase awareness of other Department's activities and realise potential promotional opportunities.
The forthcoming period is an uncertain one for our industry with Brexit looming plus key factors such as the development of BIM technology, the national skills shortage, Edinburgh school’s inquiry and Grenfell Tower disaster, all of which will hugely influence how we design, specify and procure projects in the future.
The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists need to remain a forward-facing institute in an ever-changing industry and plan for future changes. I feel I am the correct individual to lead the technical department into this period:
- I am a driven proactive individual and operate in a pragmatic manner and feel I can positively contribute to the Practice & Technical Department.
- I have my own opinions and embrace new initiatives, operating with an open mind when fronted with key decisions.
- My actions within CIAT are not personally motivated and have solely the interests of the Institute in mind.
- I have experience in policy setting, strategic direction and management.
- I have very strong thoughts on embracing the next generation of CIAT members and through working with students and aspirATion Groups feel I can create a positive link between the old and the new to secure the future development of CIAT.
- I have over 18 years experience in and realise the importance of linking theory with relevant working practices.
I intend to be actively involved with the Institute for many years to come whether it be in the form of this role or other opportunities that arise, and I relish being part of our Institute that is now recognised as an industry leader across the globe.
I look forward to receiving your support in my nomination for the role of Vice-President Technical and welcome any questions you may have during the lead-up to election.
Mark Wilson MCIAT
Candidate for Vice-President Technical
Read Mark's manifesto on why he should be elected as Vice-President Technical
About me — in brief:
With forty years of construction industry experience I have developed a comprehensive understanding of design for construction, I have cultivated a practical and flexible approach to building design problems and more importantly their solutions.
My detailed knowledge of building design and construction has grown through my employment with building contractors, property developers and in private practise with architects and architectural design studios. For the past 18 years I have practised as principal at Design Office Architectural Ltd based at my home in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
I have previously spoken at both public and trade shows, on behalf of CIAT, in promotion of our Institute and profession. I have also had the privilege to serve as chairman of the Yorkshire Region and as Councillor for the four years following.
In spring 2013 the Journal of Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, published my technical paper entitled Insulation: What to Specify and Why. It was also awarded winner of the CIOB open writing competition for that year, with an abridged version published in Designing Buildings Wiki.
Aims, goals and aspirations:
Our Institute is about to embark on the next five year term of its Strategic and Corporate Plans. The post of Vice-President Technical will provide an invaluable opportunity to play a key part in the promotion and furtherance of those plans in an era when, more than ever, technology is at the forefront of design for construction. I am resolute to continue the excellent stalwart work of the present incumbent, in conjunction with the remaining Executive Board, particularly the Vice-President Practice.
Furthermore, I welcome the opportunity to become involved with the huge amount of work carried out on the Institute’s behalf by those dedicated members who form the technical Committees and Taskforces. I will ensure that the presence of CIAT as a body, and Architectural Technology as a profession remains high on construction industry agendas, but also to seek out opportunities to further refine, enhance and increase our influence within the sphere of the built environment.
Our Chartered Members are recognised by their knowledge through experience. Whilst I am confident in my own design and technical capabilities in application of the first principles of Architectural Technology; I remain very much aware that there are members, with specialist knowledge who can and have been able to contribute in maintaining our Institute at the forefront of publicly notable issues such Grenfell Tower and Edinburgh Schools. It is this level of expert contribution that demonstrates and has established beyond doubt the value of our membership and the diverse skill set we are able to offer. Our members are an asset of the highest value and I would be proud to lead and oversee the technical contribution we can continue to offer our government and the construction industry at every level.
Increasing our influence:
The construction industry can be a fickle beast and no more so than accepting and implementing change. Recent years have seen huge changes in the technology available to the design professional.
A good example of which has been that Architectural Technologists have taken lead roles in the development and implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). This has become possible once again through the expertise of particular individual members who have been seen to champion BIM at the highest levels. There is no doubt that BIM strategies are slowly but surely changing our industry, but I am also aware that not all our members are suitably placed to utilise such strategies. We must therefore continue to promote a wide and diverse range of current and break-through technologies that can assist our members and achieve the recognition they so often strive for in areas such as inclusive design, biophillic design, off-site construction and not least health and safety legislation and conservation.
I firmly believe that our greatest risk of failure would be in standing still. We must therefore continue to monitor industry development, changes and trends, adapting to meet the resulting needs. The AT Awards have become a notable showcase for the Institute and profession, but we must be prepared to periodically modify and, or reinvent that model and other strategies, as may be required, in order to stay fresh and relevant.
My manifesto resolutions:
- I will implement the aims and goals of the CIAT Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023 in conjunction with the details of the associated Corporate Plan once approved:
- by working with our associated professional bodies to promote our Institute, profession and membership. As hard as the Institute works in this arena, there is still work to do in maintaining pressure to improve our standing and recognition
- by working to promote greater public and industry awareness of the existence and role of the Architectural Technologist. It has long been a goal to be able to state my profession to a stranger without a follow up explanation.
- by fostering an understanding of Architectural Technology that identifies that traditional master building values and new technology can work together. Building and construction technology is constantly changing and evolving and it is the skillset of the Chartered Architectural Technologist that can link the two.
- by promoting an environment within the Institute that actively supports reciprocal engagement with members at all levels.
- by educating the industry and the public that there is a science to building design and construction; and that improved understanding of that science, developed through Architectural Technology will radically improve the quality of our buildings and the reputation of our industry.
- by educating within and beyond the confines of the construction industry of Architectural Technology as a profession.
- by ensuring that the Architectural Technologist continues to evolve and grow in professional stature.
- by informing, advising and supporting our members through targeted and effective communication not only of the aims and aspirations of the Strategic and Corporate Plans, but of the achievements realised as a result of their successful implementation.
I invite the Institute and its members at all levels to join and help me bring Architectural Technology and the science of building to the forefront of the construction industry ensuring that the Chartered Architectural Technologist becomes the default professional in this arena, thereby achieving our sustainable credibility.
The candidates will now be campaigning to the membership as to why they should be elected for the positions with the election taking place at Council on 8 September 2018.