Alex Naraian PCIAT
Alex Naraian PCIAT is the Institute’s President
Alex Naraian PCIAT is the Institute’s President, inaugurated on 18 November 2017 and will serve a two-year term in this role.
He is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and studied at Southampton Institute of Higher Education (now Southampton Solent University) and started his career in the late 1980s.
Currently an Associate Director at Ascot Design, Alex heads up the technical department of the business. He was previously an Associate Director at ADAM Architecture.
For the last decade, he has worked closely with Southampton Solent University in an employer liaison capacity, as well as on a collaborative academic basis for their Architectural Technology Honours degree programme. Alex became an Honorary Fellow of Southampton Solent University in 2016.
Alex has served as Councillor and Chairman for the South East Region. He has sat on various CIAT Accreditation Panels for universities offering Honours Degree programmes in Architectural Technology. He speaks publicly on a variety of subjects at universities, exhibitions and events, such as UK Construction Week, Homebuilding and Renovating Show and Grand Designs Live. He has also sat on steering groups for leading exhibitions. As an author, his articles have appeared in various industry publications.
Outside of Architectural Technology, Alex is committed to philanthropic interests. He has served various charities and clubs, assisting in fundraising, the giving of his time and expertise where he can.
Gary Mees PPCIAT MCIAT
Immediate Past President
Gary Mees PPCIAT is the Immediate Past President of the Institute
Gordon Souter MCIAT
The Honorary Secretary is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Council, Executive Board, AGM and Conduct Committee in line with the Laws of the Institute
Together with the President and Chief Executive, the Honorary Secretary is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Council, Executive Board, AGM and Conduct Committee in line with the Laws of the Institute (the Charter, the Bye-laws, the Regulations and Code of Conduct and other forms of regulatory provision made by the Institute).
For the first eight years of employment I was in private practice with three small practices. As the practices were small, I gained a wide and varied experience quickly which has stood me in good stead through my career. During those years I was involved in projects from an attic conversion to a new hospital as well as bars, restaurants, factory units, health clubs.
In 1995, I joined a national housebuilding company and since then I have remained within the housebuilding industry and I am currently with Persimmon Homes West Scotland.
Having spent the majority of my career in the housebuilding industry it follows that my speciality will be housing of all descriptions, from multi storey flats to individual dwellings. Primarily I am involved in timber frame construction but traditional build poses no problem.
I do not consider the projects I have worked on are exceptionally noteworthy with the exception of one project which is the first six storey timber kit housing development in Scotland. I consider my main achievements to be ensuring the projects I work on are from an architectural prospective well managed.
I thoroughly enjoy working in the building industry. It has a great variety of characters and no two projects present the same problems – thus it is essential that I keep fully abreast of changes to legislation, new products and construction techniques.
I never tire of promoting CIAT at any opportunity and I represent CIAT on a number of committees. CIAT belongs to it’s members and it is only with self promotion by the members that it will continue to flourish in the future. We should all be proud of how much CIAT has achieved in such a short time.
Doug Fewkes MCIAT
The Honorary Treasurer is Chairman of the Finance Committee
Paul Laycock MCIAT
The Vice-President Education ensures that the Institute’s standards for education and membership are maintained, retain currency and promoted.
The role of Vice-President Education is to ensure that the Institute’s standards for education and membership are maintained, retain currency and promoted.
The Vice-President Education works with the Education and Membership Departments on issues such as qualification development and Accreditation, standards maintenance and membership recruitment, retention and progression.
Eddie Weir MCIAT
The Vice-President Practice promotes the Institute’s practice standards and policies for members practising the discipline of Architectural Technology
Kevin Crawford MCIAT
The Vice-President Technical oversees the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards within Architectural Technology and the built environment.
The Vice-President Technical works closely with the Vice-President Practice, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department and its relevant Taskforces in overseeing the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards within Architectural Technology and the built environment. The role also embraces current industry issues and the Institute’s practice Awards; the Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology and the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology.
Steven Hedley MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 01
Natasha Vermeulen MCIAT
Councillor, Region 02
Stephen Nicholls MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee, Councillor and Chairman, Region 03
Stephen is the Councillor for North West Region. Former Vice-President Innovation and Research and Executive Board Member. Member of the Institute for over 20 years. Project Manager for a leading high street solicitors responsible for their expansion programme. Married with one son based in Stockport.
Chris Yorke MCIAT
Robert Davey MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 05
Simon Ward MCIAT
Councillor, Region 07
Simon has been a Chartered Member of CIAT since 1993 and has worked in the field of architectural design since 1979.
He won the Housing Design category of the ‘Technician of the Year’ Award in 1991 and was voted ‘Technician of the Year’ in 1993.
After 23 years of working with architecture in local government, Simon started his own practice at the end of 2002. Current works consist of mainly housing projects in both the public and private sectors with clients ranging from individual home owners to Housing Associations.
Works undertaken typically range from new build to extensions, alterations and refurbishments of older properties.
Richard Briffa MCIAT
Councillor, Region 09
Stacey Taylor MCIAT
Councillor, Region 10
Grant Steer MCIAT
Councillor, Region 11 and Chairman
Paul Chapple MCIAT
Regional Councillor, 12
Tom Warren MCIAT
Councillor, Region 13
David Traynor MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 15
Wayne Hopkins MCIAT
Councillor & Treasurer for Region 16
Wayne is an Associate with Holder Mathias in Cardiff where he has been employed for many years and works in a number of sectors producing information and administrating contracts as well as taking the lead as Principal Designer for certain projects on behalf of the practice.
He has worked all his adult life in the construction Industry and has acquired a varied but extensive knowledge within all sectors of the industry.
Wayne has a strong technical understanding of; many aspects of the industry such as Building Regulations, Construction, Design & Management Regulations (CDM), Building Information Modelling (BIM) etc.
He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists for over 30 years and currently acts as the Regional Treasurer for the Wales region. He is also currently Regional Councillor and Treasurer for APS Wales Region.
Wayne is also a Local Authority Governor at a local Primary School as well a Community Councillor for the Ward of Onllwyn where he lives. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys watching rugby, listening to music, reading and playing the odd game of football.
Michael O'Keeffe MCIAT
Councillor and Education Officer, Centre C2
Following graduation from Waterford I.T. in 2009, I was fortunate to work in a practice in my local county, Kerry. I joined CIAT in 2010 as an Associate and became a Chartered Member in 2014. I am also an Incorporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
In 2011, I joined design-led architectural technology practice healycornelius design in London. Commuting regularly, I have worked on many high-end residential refurbishments and new-builds as well as the restaurant, entertainment and retail sectors in the Greater London area. I’m responsible for all aspects of projects from brief development and design through permissions and co-ordination of construction teams to management of live projects and site inspections. As of 2015, I manage the Republic of Ireland branch of the practice from our design studio in Killarney, Co. Kerry.
I joined the Republic of Ireland Centre (C2) Committee as I’m keen to raise the profile of the Institute in Ireland. In my role as Education Officer, my aim is to form the link between the Third Level Institutes and CIAT and help in the promotion of the Architectural Technology discipline by way of membership guidance, informational presentations and attendance at careers events.
John O'Sullivan MCIAT
Councillor & Treasurer of Centre C3
Current location: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
I am also responsible for the asset management of the City’s infrastructure assets. I coordinate between the officers responsible for the operation and maintenance of the various assets classes and the Finance Department. I prepare asset management plans with projections for future expenditure to maintain the assets at their current service levels or identify which ones need to be replaced or renewed. I assist with the asset related elements of the City’s reporting requirements of the Department of local Government’s Integrated Planning Framework process which is intended to keep local Government’s finances sustainable in the long term.
Louise Drysdale MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C4
David Wright MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C5
Paula Bleanch MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C6
Joseph Healey MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C7
Joseph has eight years postgraduate experience, after his Architectural Studies degree, in London with EPR Architects and DMP Architects. He moved to Abu Dhabi in UAE as a Technical Coordinator with Gensler at the start of 2015 and began heading up the Middle East and Africa Centre for CIAT shortly after that.