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Simon Coggins-Hill MCIAT


I started my career in the UK construction industry at the end of 1987, working as an 
Architectural technician with a small practice in Northamptonshire (UK), completing both my ONC and HNC in “Building Studies” on a part time basis. 
Over the years since then I have had the good fortune to work on many projects of various sizes and complexity and in a range of sectors. I was a member of the Association for Project Safety between 2000 and 2014 and  became a Full member of CIAT in 2000.
I relocated to Germany in 2003 and since then have worked freelance providing architectural services to UK based architects and developers. 
Since moving to Germany, I have experienced, at first hand, the issues that members can face 
regarding the limited recognition of our profession outside of the UK, so I am personally keen to raise the profile of CIAT and Technologists within Europe.
The European Union has 28 member countries all with their own national and regional 
approaches to architectural technology and a wealth of opportunities for us, as Technologists. With the creation of the Europe Centre, we now have  a golden opportunity to build a valuable resource that not only benefits members based in Europe but all members of the Institute. 
However we can only make use of that opportunity by developing the Centre together.
If you are a member based in Europe, how would you like your Centre to develop?
If you have any ideas, comments or wish to help develop the Europe Centre then please contact any member of the committee. It would be great to hear from you!
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Paula Bleanch MCIAT

Councillor, Centre C6 Europe

I studied Architecture and Construction Project Management at University and my main field of expertise is in Design Management. In industry I worked for various large contractors as a Design Manager and then led a team of Architects and ATs in a large architectural practice. Much of my work in industry concerned the design and build of large PFI (Private Finance Initiative) projects, including award winning schools, offices, hospitals and library buildings. 
In 2008 I left industry to join the teaching team at Northumbria University where I was final year tutor on the AT and CM courses and led the final year professional practice project, as well as teaching Building Technology and Design Management at various levels.
I have previously undertaken mentoring training as part of a scheme set up by the National Association of Women in Construction and I have particular experience working as a woman in construction. I am very happy to be part of the new CIAT Europe Centre committee and I hope we can work together towards promoting the discipline of Architectural Technology in the region. The Europe Centre represents the profession of Architectural Technologist across nineteen different countries (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) and therefore covers a wide area with many diverse approaches to Architectural Technology. We are keen to develop initiatives that will increase the profile and visibility of all our members in Europe.
Please join us in whatever capacity you can offer and help us to build a strong voice for Architectural Technologists in the Europe Region! Please feel free to contact me on


Anders Nordby

Centre Secretary

Anders has completed the MSc Architectural Technology and Design at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He has his own architectural design company but currently holds a temporary position as a city planner with Skien City Municipality.

Architectural Technologists are not recognised in Norway as they are in Denmark, which has presented Anders with challenges in securing projects and recognition of his qualifications. As a result of that, he is keen to play an active part in the Europe Centre to not just promote CIAT but the AT discipline as a whole within Europe.



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