Renzo Piano at the V& A Museum As guests of Sheffield Hallam University, Colin Orr MCIAT, Vice- President Education and Francesca Berriman, Chief Executive mingled with leading architectural designers on 27 May for an event which celebrated the work of Renzo Piano ( pictured) and Godfrey Sykes. The ' In Conversation with Renzo Piano' event was organised jointly by Sheffield Hallam University and the Victoria and Albert Museum ( V& A) to remember the legacy of creative designer Godfrey Sykes. Italian architect Renzo Piano, whose latest project is the redevelopment of Central St Giles in central London, talked of his experiences in designing a wide range of iconic buildings including the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the New York Times building, which was the first tower building to be designed and built after September 11. 8 ATJULY- AUGUST2010 INSTITUTENEWS Commended Open Award winner presentation Representatives from the Institute gathered on 21 June to present both the certificate and plaque to the winners of the Commended Award in the 2009 Open Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology. A tour of Wellstead Primary School was given and the Awards were then presented by the President with a speech given by Andrew Scott MCIAT, Vice- President Technical. Expert advice at Grand Designs Live Chartered Members were at the heart of the Grand Designs Live show in the Expert Advice Centre, held at Excel, London between 1- 9 May. Each day, two or three Chartered Members were on hand to offer advice to the general public, whether it was for planning, new build, renovation or on general matters. The Expert Advice Centre was made up of numerous professionals within the built environment who were available for a free 30 minute consultation. The Institute also had its own stand at the show, supporting Members in the advice centre and promoting the world of Architectural Technology to thousands of people who attended over the week long exhibition. If you are a Chartered Member and would be interested in offering your time to be part of this show either in London or Birmingham then please contact Adam Endacott, Acting Communications Director ( adam@ ciat. org. uk). Below and right: Chartered Members at work in the advice centre © Martin Salter
ATJULY- AUGUST2010 9 ELECTION Making your mind up! Following the advertisement for vacancies for CIAT Honorary positions, candidates have been nominated and it's time now for you to make your decision. 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 Herewith follows the nominees and their manifestos: Colin C Orr MCIAT for President Elect Robert H Kay MBE PPBIAT MCIAT for Honorary Treasurer Denise Germaine MCIAT and Andrew M Scott MCIAT for Vice- President Technical President Elect - Colin Orr MCIAT It is with honour that I have accepted the nomination as President Elect by my respected peers and colleagues. I have been actively involved with the Institute for nearly fifteen years through the North West Region ( 03) where I have served as a Committee member and Regional Education Officer, as well as serving on CIAT Executive Board as Vice- President Education. I am married with two children and live in Lancashire. I am employed as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at the University of Bolton, the first Accredited Honours degree programme in the North West Region. I have represented CIAT nationally and internationally in my current role as Vice- President Education, where I recognise that it is very important to ensure that the link between academia and practice for the discipline of Architectural Technology is maintained as part of CIAT's growth. I have been extremely fortunate to work with the strong, dedicated staff at Central Office, as well as the various Regional members, all of whom I would like to acknowledge. I have been able to contribute to a number of key milestones in the Institute's recent history whilst serving in the office of Vice- President Education including the introduction of the Professional Occupation Performance ( POP) Record; a vital document in the successful quest for Royal Charter and working with the Quality Assurance Agency ( QAA) to develop and implement the current Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology used in educational establishments. In my role as Vice- President Education, I instigated the re- structure of the Membership and Education Committee which now has a number of sub-committees, including the Standards Group whose remit - as well as ensuring standards for Honours Degree programmes are maintained - is to devise a framework and guidance instrumental in the development of Diplomas and Foundation degrees in Architectural Technology allowing graduates to progress to becoming Architectural Technicians, TCIAT. CIAT, via the Education and the Membership Departments continues to strengthen, accrediting more than 30 Honours degree programmes and approving five sub- degree programmes which has helped promote recognition of the Institute and therefore supports academic as well as industrial advancement. Education is involved with the development of post graduate programmes linked to the CIAT Specialist Registers as well as continued professional development activity. It is essential that the Institute continues to move forward, in order to remain at the forefront of the profession, and continually advance the standards of education, competence, practice and the role of the Institute forthe benefit of its members and the wider society. The next five years will see challenging times for the architectural profession in education and society. I am duel qualified as a Chartered Architect as well as a Chartered Architectural Technologist with a proven track record in academia. Education may present us one of the biggest challenges as a result of Government cuts to funding and the perception of our undergraduate programmes by universities. I believe I can actively participate in further strengthening the Institute's public profile and help the discipline. I will continue to seek to serve the interests of CIAT's members, its clients ( society) and students. As President I will ensure that the interest of every member is adequately protected whilst to working towards achieving CIAT's objectives.