Architectural Technology Awards 2017
The annual awards of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) celebrate the latest achievements and highest quality in architectural technology. The event, hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Matt Allwright, showcased architectural technology both in practise and as a key academic discipline, demonstrating the growth and impact of the discipline within the UK and internationally.
The 2017 winners were:
 The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, FaulknerBrowns Architects
The Word was a challenging project that inspired a building for the present, with built-in adaptability to future proof its functions. The design concept and architecture were informed by architectural technology and its building anatomy and physiology are clearly articulated in the primary and secondary elements, services and external envelope.
- Family Stand, Dover Athletic Football Club, Lee Evans Partnership LLP
- Fieldsend, Mitchell Evans Architects.
 The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology
(For projects valued £750,000 or under.)
- New Dwelling at Craigwell, Aboyne, Stuart Davidson Architecture: The design of this new dwelling meets the clients brief to create a contemporary focal point property that has a role both as a dwelling and also as a base for work.
- Harefield House, Plaice Design Company Limited: Harefield House is a design exemplar for the use of integrated architectural technologies, energy performance and building management systems with prefabricated timber kit construction.
 Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project)
- The Gateway Hotel Design Project, Edward Kercher, Southampton Solent University: The proposed design addresses its location and functionality by considering and integrating architectural technology. This is achieved through designing for production and optimising construction, alongside the use of materials and components for performance and use.
- Chandler’s Ford Infant School, April Rapley, Southampton Solent University:
- Imagination Works — Embracing an Urban Future, Gerard Langley, Sheffield Hallam University.
 Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report)
- Sharrow Nursery and Community Centre – An Integration of Renewables, Efficiency and High-performance Materials, Daniel Black, Sheffield Hallam University. This research investigated how advanced technology and innovative construction methods adapted to increase the quality and performance of buildings. The research output provides a sound technical understanding of materials and engagement to comply with and exceed regulation standards, which may in turn inform a change in the industry.
- The Importance of Soil Analysis Prior to Frame Construction, Sunil Singh Seera, Coventry University.
- Building a Safe and Therapeutic Hospice: An Evaluation of Structural and Thermal Properties in Structural Insulated Panels, Isabelle Foster, Coventry University.
All the awards are featured here and in the autumn issue of AT Journal. Films can also be found on the CIAT YouTube channel, youtube.com/ciatechnologist. The Awards reopen in the New Year, including the Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year Award, which was launched at the event.
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