Representing architects and technology in the region


The  technology of architecture is being highlighted by a new body set to establish itself in the Middle East.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is celebrating its half-century this year with its stated goal of focusing on the build-ability, sustainability and durability of a structure, incorporating building pathology, performance, design management and operation.

The group was instigated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) after a survey entitled “The Architect and his Office” expressed a need to have a society that would represent those who assisted the work of the architects.


CIAT membership director James Banks (pictured) said: “Dubai is leading the way with the implementation of technology within architecture. CIAT and Chartered Architectural Technologists are ideally placed to push the boundaries and implement excellence in the field for the benefit of society as a whole.”

The other Emirates and Qatar are also a focus for the organisation’s expansion plans.

Page said: “Although Dubai has emerged as a major economic area and has seen huge growth and development over the past 50 years, the region is still expanding in areas such as Sharjah and Ajman so there is still plenty to do.

“CIAT sees opportunities to promote its members’ skills and the profession of Architectural Technology, which is a growing, creative and innovative discipline and is vital to the design of buildings to achieve optimum performance in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and functionality.

“With Dubai hosting the World Expo 2020, the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future – Mobility, Sustainability & Opportunity fits perfectly with CIAT’s objectives.”

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