Why join CIAT?

There are numerous benefits that you will have access to once you have joined CIAT. Here are just a few of them:

Career and professional development

  • ​​​​​​Network in your designated Region/Centre with fellow members and built environment professionals
  • Opportunity to get involved with the Institute at both a Regional and national level
  • Chartered Environmentalist qualification for those with an environmental specialism
  • Conservationist Accreditation or Recognition for those with a conservation specialism
  • Access to CSCS cards for all members
  • Attend Region/Centre and CIOB/RIBA/RICS CPD events on a variety of subjects and current issues
  • Membership Progression Workshops designed to help progress your membership
  • Reduced training courses with Thomas Telford training
  • Assistance and guidance from the Architects’ Benevolent Society
  • Recession support
  • Reduced subscription to CIOB, through the Institute’s partnership and opportunity to qualify
  • Reduced subscription to RIBA Affiliate membership through the Institute’s collaborative agreement
  • Opportunity to qualify with the RICS through the Institute's collaborative agreement
  • Identity and recognition

Identity and recognition

  • Designation  
  • Recognition of your skills and competence in Architectural Technology
  • Lobbying and representation (locally, nationally and internationally)  
  • Employability
  • Exclusive job opportunities through RIBA Appointments and CIOBJobs
  • Demonstration of quality assurance and achievement
  • Membership of a Chartered body  
  • Chartered status   
  • Parity with other professions as detailed in the Standard Occupational Classification 2010   
  • Membership certificate for Associate, Technician and Chartered members and membership card for Technician and Chartered members
  • Membership of AEEBC through CIAT’s principal membership and access to the European Building Expert card (EurBE) for Chartered Members 
  • Recognition of competence if joining Konstruktørforeningen (KF) and the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO)

Awards and scholarships

  • The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology
  • The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology
  • Student Awards for Excellence in Architectural Technology - Project and Report
  • Award for outstanding graduating student on each Accredited degree programme
  • Financial support from the John Newey Foundation


  • Architectural Technology journal  
  • Ealerts and ebulletin from the Institute
  • Website with a members-only area 
  • Information sheets and technical guidance on a range of issues and subjects
  • Access to Technology Network
  • Free access to Consultant Health Check
  • Free access to Project Quality Plan
  • Products and services for self-employed Members
  • CIAT Insurance Services Professional Indemnity Insurance scheme/Legal Support
  • Free subscription to Building Products magazine
  • Annual subscription discount for Building Design
  • 10% annual subscription discount for Detail magazine  
  • Discounted subscription discount for Specification magazine
  • 50% discount of first year annual subscription for Self-Build magazine (UK only)
  • Reduced subscription rate to Building Research and Information (BRI) journal
  • 10% discount at RIBA bookshops (for students)
  • aspirATion emagazine for students
  • Discount rate for using RIBA Appointments recruitment 

CIAT is a personal Institute with dedicated staff to assist you on all matters relating to Architectural Technology and your membership.