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’. Follow the timeline below for a brief history of the Institute.


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.


1967 SAAT Journal is launched, issued four times a year.


1970 First professional interview Assessment Boards for membership were held, leading to an increase in membership as SAAT successfully embedded itself as a lead body within the construction industry.


1977 First Honorary member is elected; Thomas Lilley RIBA FCIOB.


1983 Graham Watts becomes the first Chief Executive.


1984 The Register of Practices is established for Members running a practice.


1 May 1986 SAAT's name changes to British Institute of Architectural Technicians to reflect the specialisms of Architectural Technicians.


1987 BIAT is presented with the formal letters of patent from the Institute Coat of Arms.


1994 The title of the Institute changes to British Institute of Architectural Technologists, to recognise the development educationally and in practice of the professionally qualified Architectural Technologist.


2002 The Institute introduces a new technician grade to recognise the professionally qualified Architectural Technician.


2005 In its fortieth year, the Institute is recognised by incorportation by Royal Charter in July. Full Members now become Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT).


2011 First Masters degree in Architectual Technology is Accredited.


2014 Five new Centres are formed internationally; Australasia, The Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East and Africa.


2015 The Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary as it continues to build on its solid and respected platform for the continued evolution of the discipline of Architectural Technology.


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