Technologist as qualified on a par with that of an architect. In China, they may view the role of a Chartered Architectural Technologist as quite similar to that of an architect because they cannot identify the difference between the two. Do you feel that Architectural Technology is a recognised profession in Hong Kong/ China? As it stands, I do not feel Architectural Technology is a recognised profession in Hong Kong or China. However, I believe there is an opportunity for the Institute to promote the discipline China. Would you say there are barriers to career progression for a Chartered Architectural Technologist in China and/ or Hong Kong? Chartered Architectural Technologists in Hong Kong may have barriers, which come from the local professional institutions. As an example, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects may not consider that a Chartered Architectural Technologist is qualified to the same level as their full members. How are the skills you have as a Chartered Architectural Technologist viewed in comparison with an architect by fellow construction professionals/ government etc? I think different professionals have specific individual skills and expertise. Therefore, it is very hard for me to make any informed comparison. Do you feel you are utilising all of your skills as a Chartered Architectural Technologist in your current job role? In my current employment the wide range of skills I have are not currently fully utilized. Why is this?( We have had feedback from Members in Hong Kong/ China that their skills are not recognised on a par with other Chartered professionals. ( Eg Chartered Surveyor/ Chartered Builder) The crucial point is on recognition of our Chartered Member qualification. Other chartered professionals are fully recognised by the local institutions, such as; Hong Kong Institute of Architects ( HKIA), Hong Kong Institute of Engineers ( HKIE) and Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors ( HKIS). The HKIA, HKIE and HKIS are recognised by Chinese professional institutions. Do you think the AGM held in Hong Kong in 2008 helped raise the profile of the Institute and its members in Hong Kong and China? The 2008 AGM raised the profile and morale of members and CIAT, however, I believe it has not had the impact some may have hoped for. You were previously the Hong Kong Centre Chairman- are you still involved with the Hong Kong Centre? No, I served my term and believe it is best to let newcomers take on the roles and responsibilities. What are your plans for the future? To constantly strive to improve myself as a professional. I just hope it doesn't rain! On the Friday morning of this year's August bank holiday weekend, five recently graduated Architectural Technologists from the UWE, Bristol, myself included, will be starting our journey. Having heard about the Article 25, our cycle challenge is a modest attempt to raise funds. We will set off from London to catch the 6.15pm Dover to Calais P& O Ferry. Having cycled 90 miles to the white cliffs, through the hustle of the city, past the idyllic countryside of Kent we will spend the evening camping in Calais. Now, you would have thought having studied our way through numerous books on the principles of structures, tent erecting would be a breeze. However past excursions during our university lives have identified this not to be the case. Day two begins at a far earlier time than any Saturday has ever begun for a student, past or present. We will pull our bikes back out of the van and replace them with an array of tents and sleeping bags, then set off from Calais, no doubt having left a tent peg or two behind! The challenge continues towards the French city of Abbeville taking in, some scenic countryside. I can't imagine we will struggle to sleep that night, no matter what state our tents are in. On the third day things will get much easier, with only a 57 mile cycle between Abbeville and the town of Beauvais. Last week I invested in a new saddle for my bike complete with gel padding and I believe this could be the day I justify the extravagant purchase! On the final day we will ride just 53 miles before we reach our destination - Paris - after a total of 300 miles on our bikes. Why are we doing it? Article 25 is a UK registered charity that designs and delivers buildings for those in greatest need worldwide. This year much of their work has taken place in Haiti and Chile following the two earthquakes. Throughout Haiti's affected areas, poor standards of construction and deficient materials were the root cause of tremendous structural failures and, ultimately, an overwhelming loss of life. Article 25 aims to ensure the reconstruction in Haiti and Chile goes beyond restoring what was lost and introduces building methods for sound, earthquake and hurricane resistant construction. How can you help? We aim to raise £ 10,000 for Article 25 through our cycling challenge and we can't do this without your donations. Please give what you can at: www. justgiving. com/ article25bikeride You can follow our progress on our twitter page: www. twitter. com/ A25Bikeride For details of how to become a team sponsor and feature on our jerseys, please email: Jonathan. carter@ gcparch. co. uk FAREAST 26ATJULY- AUGUST2010 Above: Five of the six cyclists above graduated from UWE of the Architectural Technology and Design course - Justin Luton, Jonathan Carter , Mike Taylor, Simon Griffiths, Max Hough, Matt Sparks. Image courtesy of Article 25 Kings of the road Five Architectural Technology graduates are gearing up for an epic charity fundraiser. Jonathan Carter ACIAT explains.
RECYCLING AT JULY- AUGUST2010 27 Reduce waste and boost profits at the Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition in Birmingham. As the UK's new coalition government pledges its commitment towards a zero waste to landfill policy with a likely deadline date of 2020, the focus of waste recycling is moving away from domestic wheelie bins to the much larger loads of refuse leaving the UK's commercial and industrial sites. Although the details of a zero waste strategy remain to be finalised, no one can afford to ignore its future impact on the UK's building and construction industry. Research released by the Strategic Forum for Construction as part of its Strategy for Sustainable Construction found that during 2008 the amount of construction, demolition and excavation ( CD& E) waste going to landfill in England was 12.55 million tonnes, equivalent to 118 tonnes per million pounds of contractors' output. Minimising waste sent to landfill does not just help the environment; it can also save a lot of money for companies involved in construction and building projects. With an entire day of free seminars devoted to the topic of construction waste and over 500 companies exhibiting, this year's Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition ( RWM10), supported by CIAT, taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 14 to 16 September 2010 is the ideal place to hear about the latest legislation and developments to enhance your firm's environmental performance. RWM's dedicated construction focus begins in the Business Seminar Theatre on Wednesday 15 September. In the day's first session entitled Minimising Waste in Construction, Dr Chindarat Taylor, Director of Pathway to Zero Waste, will set out the true cost of construction and demolition waste. During the day's second session, Allan Wilen, Economics Director, Glenigan leads a panel debate examining waste- to- energy plant construction, another area that the new government has committed to growing. This will be followed by a presentation from Rainer Zimmann, Associate Director of Arup, offering advice on how to apply sustainable resource and waste management best practice within the construction industry. In the day's final session David Pugh, Senior Consultant with AMEC Entec, investigates the logistical benefits of in- cab vehicle technology for reducing the amount of CD& E waste ending up in landfill. The RWM exhibition hall will be packed with innovation, making it an ideal place to research and make new contacts. Exhibitors will be showcasing the latest methods of sorting and handling construction and demolition waste for reuse and recycling. State of the art equipment will be on display including balers, compactors, conveyors and screens, crushers, separators, sorting systems and much more. Major names including Broxap, Isuzu and JCB will be amongst the 500 companies present, and visitors will also be able to see many of these firms' vehicles and machinery in action. In recognition of the increased pressure to not only reuse and recycle, but also to reduce consumption, RWM also features for the very first time a Waste Minimisation Zone. This drop- in surgery manned by experts in resource efficiency will provide advice and solutions to visitors on improving their resource management and cutting the amount of waste they produce. " With rising landfill costs and economic conditions expected to remain tough, minimising waste and making the best use of resources is essential to maintaining profitability in the construction sector," says Gerry Sherwood, Event Director of RWM10: " Being green can boost your sales credentials, but improving environmental performance is also becoming one of the best ways to enhance your bottom line." Visitors can register online now at www. rwmexhibition. com/ architecture and enter priority code eARCH for free fast track entry to RWM 10 and take advantage of the MyRWM Show Planner, a simple online tool which creates a personalised floorplan of relevant exhibitors. For more information contact Anna Dunbar or Doug Bentall, Iona Communications Ltd. Tel: 01892 512481 E- mail: anna@ ionacommunications. com or doug@ ionacommunications. com Waste not, want not This is the ideal place to enhance your firm's environmental performance © Le Do - Fotolia. com