PRESIDENT'SNEWSLETTER ATMARCH- APRIL20105 body within the built environment sector. In stating that, I do appreciate that on the ground this is not always the perception, particularly in the more rural environments. I know fellow Institutes are aware of us at senior and staff level, and our working relationships and partnerships; but this does not necessarily get disseminated- I am very aware of this being based on, and practising in, Jersey. This is where I hope we can all work as a team in promoting the Institute and the discipline of Architectural Technology. This will benefit you and your fellow members. As I say we are an extended ' family' and we should all work together to make a difference, no matter how small our involvement is. In the past, some fellow members and I, have reviewed the purpose and method of operation of the Regions and Centres. As Council is made up of Regional and Centre representatives, it is aware that most Regions are large in area, which makes it very difficult, and in some cases impossible, for members to meet together. This, however, does not stop members networking either electronically or setting up satellite groups in theirlocal area, town or village to hold meetings, share experiences, engage with fellow professionals and hold CPD events. There can also be a mechanism to feed comments, issues, or suggestions through to their Region or Centre to be raised at Regional/ Centre Committees and then, as necessary, via their Region/ Centre Councillor to Council or, alternatively, directly to the staff at Central Office. I have also learnt that CIAT is not alone with these issues, as all institutes and organisations suffer the same problems. However it only needs one or two of you to contact each other and you are then networking and developing links, which are great for you and CIAT( information on other Institute members can be obtained from the members only section of the website). Sharing events is also beneficial. If each institute organised just one event every year and invited the members from the other institutes to boost attendees, then for very little work you could be attending five or six events per year in your area. In the next edition of AT, I will be reporting on items discussed at Council and the Executive Board, as well as what I will have been up to on your behalf in the next few months. Regards, Barry Le Beuvant What followsis a very brief resume of meetings and events that members of staff have been to. If you require any further information on anything that I have mentioned, please contact the Central Office staff who would be more than happy to discuss the issue with you. Alternatively you can email me on president@ ciat. org. uk The Chief Executive meets regularly with the Chief Executives and senior team respectively at the RIBA ( Royal Institute of British Architects), ARB ( Architects' Registration Board) and ACA ( Association of Consulting Architects). The Chief Executive is also involved with the Construction Industry Council ( CIC), attending various meetings which allows networking and proactive participation in governmant initiatives. In terms of Government issues, the Chief Executive attended a Regulation for Regeneration Summit, the DECC event on a Low Carbon Economy and the Gateway to the Professions Collaborative Forum, in which the Education Director and Acting Membership Director are involved. The Practice and Technical Director frequently meets with her counterparts at RIBA, RICS, RIAS along with BRE ( Building Research Establishment), Building Services Research and Information Association ( BSRIA) and other likeminded organisations. The Education Director in her dual role as International Director has been to meetings of Professional Intitutes- UK ( China), in which the Institute is an active participant and met with the Beijing Planning Department at their request. She also attended the Association of Building Surveyors and Construction Experts ( AEEBC) biannual General Assembly in Rome in November, with the Immediate Past President. The Education Assistant, who is also the CPD Coordinator for the Institute, has participated in the CPD Forum and the Government's Skills Action Plan ( SKAP) to discuss the draft version of the CPD Memorandum of Understanding for the partners of the skills action plan. The Acting Communications Director has been liaising with his equivalents at sister institutes and meeting with a whole host of organisations and media representatives from the industry. The Institute has been on display at the Surface Design Show, the Listed Property Show and most successfully at Ecobuild. The Acting Membership Director has continued his practice visits around the country, meeting members and potential members ( see page 3). I hope we can all work as a team in promoting the Institute and the discipline of Architectural Technology Members from one of the Institute's more active Regions, the West Midlands: from left: Robert Davey MCIAT ( Regional Chairman), David Taylor MCIAT, Doug Fewkes MCIAT ( Regional Councillor) and Bob Dilworth MCIAT ( Regional Secretary).
Vacancies for CIAT Honorary positions The following offices are open for election by secret ballot at the Council Meeting to be held on 21 August 2010: . President Elect . Honorary Treasurer . Vice- President Technical President Elect- This role is for one year prior to the position of President ( a two year position). The role provides the elected Member the opportunity to gain an insight into the role and function of the President, as well as the operation of the Institute. The position takes effect from the close of business at the 2010 AGM to be hosted in October by the Channel Islands Region. Following approval by Council in September 2011, the President Elect will become of President from the close of business at the 2011 AGM in Cambridge. Honorary Treasurer- The role of the Honorary Treasurer is as Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee advises on the financial matters relating to the Institute business and makes recommendations for coordinating effort and finances to the Executive Board. Vice- President Technical- The Vice- President Technical chairs the Technical Taskforces which addresses the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards within the built environment. This embraces current issues and technical Awards. Guidelines Nominations must be received by the returning officer no later than Friday 11 June 2010. Any Chartered Member is eligible to propose a candidate although no nomination is permitted without obtaining the prior consent of the nominee, and any Chartered Member is eligible to stand. The returning officer is the Chief Executive, Francesca Berriman, who will: Invite the nominees formally to accept or reject the nomination, and prepare a manifesto. Prepare a final list of accepted nominations and despatch it to all members of Council prior to the meeting Invite all those who have accepted nomination to attend the Council meeting for that item of business. For further information on what the posts will involve, please contact CIAT. Nominated candidates will be profiled in the July/ August edition of AT. Step up to the challenge 6 ATMARCH- APRIL2010 NOMINATIONSANDAWARDS Executive Board visited the Wolseley Sustainable Building Center, a living, interactive showcase for renewable and sustainable materials for building and water conservation projects, in Warwickshire on 29 January. The purpose of the visit was to look at sustainable products for future renovation of Central Office premises at 397 City Road. The President had a busy start to the year presenting three plaques to winners of the Alan King Award and the Technical Excellence Award for Architectural Technology. Barry began in Gurnesey on 18 February awarding Andre Bisson MCIAT ( pictured below) with his winning plaque for the Alan King Award 2009 ( see AT issue 87), then meeting with Scott Kyson MCIAT ( right) to present the Commended plaque for the Alan King Award 2008 in London and finally in Manchester on 25 February to award Chris Rodgers TCIAT and Stephenson Bell Architects ( below) with the winning Technical Excellence Award 2009 ( see AT 87). Executive Board visit Top of the class