As the CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) Wessex Regional Committee celebrates 50 years, Sanderson Weatherall’s Will Price looks at what is in store for the future.
“In the run up to CIAT celebrating its 50th anniversary, the CIAT Wessex Region Committee had the ambition of providing its members with a landmark 50th anniversary celebration to reinforce what it has achieved and create a forum for discussion on how it moves forward.
So, in June of this year the committee set about pulling together various ideas and very quickly, it became apparent that we could be onto something quite unique. Indeed, with Bristol being the 2015 European Green Capital and CIAT representing the very core of the technology of architecture and pioneering research, we felt that an event gave us the perfect opportunity to make a real impact on the industry.
To create an event that represents the progress our institute has made over the last 50 years, we looked for a sponsor and partnered with T H White Energy. Founded in 1832, this company has a deep-rooted history in the South West region so was a perfect match for the institute.
With T H White on board came many new possibilities for the event. The company used the event as a platform to showcase its innovative new prototype battery technology and the CIAT Wessex members were the first people in the UK to see it! The technology is so protected that I’m not even allowed to mention its name in this blog post! The unveiling of this technology was the perfect fit for this event because the committee shares the aim that CIAT should be at the forefront of all new technologies in the field of architecture.
But the event wasn’t just about technology – it was also a chance to examine the past, assess the present and also think about the future of the industry. We heard a talk by the current CIAT president Karl Grace PCIAT, the president elect and vice president of practice Gary Mees MCIAT. We were also fortunate enough to hear from the past president and chair of the Wessex region Neil Dransfield MCIAT along with our talismanic Chief Executive Francesca Berriman MBE.
Overall, the event was a resounding success with over 140 people attending, many of which were members. The weather was fine and we enjoyed beautiful views of the Bristol cityscape, as well as great locally sourced food and drink to top of a perfect evening of socialising and networking.
What does the future hold?
The Wessex Committee is determined to help all its new and potential members, from school leavers considering their next move to our student members. We want to help them achieve the best in education through linking academia with best practice, promoting a seamless transition to the professional workplace.
We also want to help everyone who is currently ACIAT to become MCIAT. It’s vital that we continue to build their membership engagement, so we would stress to all regional members that they join their regional LinkedIn group, take part in CPDs and provide ideas and feedback how we can continue to grow over the next 50 years.
Pictures from the 50th Anniversary Celebration