The Architectural Technology Awards: 2017’s winners

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has declared the winners for its annual Architectural Technology Awards. Announced and presented by CIAT President Gary Mees on 15th September 2017, the awards celebrated the latest achievements and highest quality in architectural technology.



he event, hosted by Matt Allwright, was attended by a cross section of the built environment sector and showcased architectural technology both in practice and as a key academic discipline, demonstrating the growth and impact within the UK and internationally. This was the first time the AT Awards have been a standalone event and is an exciting milestone for the discipline.

The 2017 winners are:

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, FaulknerBrowns Architects (01)

The Word was a challenging project that inspired a building for the present, with inbuilt adaptability to future-proof its functions. The design concept and architecture have been informed by architectural technology and its building anatomy and physiology are clearly articulated in the primary and secondary elements, services and external envelope.

Highly Commended:
Family Stand, Dover Athletic Football Club, Lee Evans Partnership (02)

The Family Stand is a complex project that provided the designers with a functional, aesthetic and technological challenge, creating an inclusive structure that caters for all.

Fieldsend, Mitchell Evans Architects (03)

Fieldsend is a building that departs from traditional architecture and architectural technology towards a contemporary bespoke house and the creation of a dwelling. The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (for projects valued £750k or under)

New Dwelling at Craigwell, Aboyne, Stuart Davidson Architecture (04)

The design of this new dwelling meets the client’s brief to create a contemporary focal point property that had a triple role of firstly a dwelling, but also a base for their professions.

Harefield House, Plaice Design Company (05)

Harefield House is a design exemplar of the use of integrated architectural technologies, energy performance and building management system with its prefabricated timber kit construction.

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project)

(Recognising outstanding design achievement in architectural technology based upon a university/college assignment)

The Gateway Hotel Design Project, Edward Kercher, Southampton Solent University (06)

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.

Highly Commended:
Chandler’s Ford Infant School, April Rapley, Southampton Solent University (07)

Chandler’s Ford Infant School is a creative design that focuses on inclusivity linked to function and use.

Imagination Works – Embracing an Urban Future, Gerard Langley, Sheffield Hallam University (08)

A design project that is linked to design futures through imagineering and creativity.

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report)

(Recognising outstanding research achievement in architectural technology from a dissertation assignment)

Sharrow Nursery and Community Centre – An Integration of Renewables, Efficiency and High-performance Materials, Daniel Black, Sheffield Hallam University (09)

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 material and engagement to comply and exceed regulation standards, which may, in turn, inform a change in the industry.

Highly Commended:
The Importance of Soil Analysis Prior to Frame Construction, Sunil Singh Seera, Coventry University (10)

This research project demonstrated a clear understanding of the issues and how important it is in determining appropriate design solutions.

Building a Safe and Therapeutic Hospice: An Evaluation of Structural and Thermal Properties in Structural Insulated Panels, Isabelle Foster, Coventry University (11)

The research embraces the structural and scientific behaviour of the composite material and compares and contrasts the different specifications and summarises the results.

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