azzure-breaks-recordsThe Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is pleased to announce the winners for its annual Awards. The awards celebrate Architectural Technology globally at its very best. The winners and shortlisted entrants were selected by a judging panel made up of experts within the discipline.

The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology
Winner: GM Design Associates Ltd
The winning project is the Castle Hill Events Space in Dungannon, Ulster. It illustrates the transformative power of Architectural Technology on one of the most important archaeological sites associated with the ancient seat of the O’Neill’s, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster. The completed building is comprised of four distinct elements: the old garage which now forms an internal exhibition space, a three storey viewing tower, the covered external events space and a single storey utility building.

Highly Commended: Lee Evans Partnership LLP for Samphire Hoe Education Centre.
The building is the country park’s newest facility. The shelter provides a haven from the harsh weather conditions frequently experienced at this coastal location, whilst also offering a centre where visitors can learn about the Hoe.

Commended: Brian Davies MCIAT and Mark Davies MCIAT of Arc Design for Streamline House, a unique modern residence influenced by art deco design.

The Alan King Award
(For projects valued £750k or under that have demonstrated outstanding excellence in Architectural Technology.)

Winners: Brian Davies MCIAT and Mark Davies MCIAT of Arc Design. The winning project, Streamline House, is a unique modern residence influenced by art deco design. The house, with its subtle curves, takes advantage of the natural curvature of the stream nearby. It incorporates surrounding elements such as the sound of water rushing underneath the overhanging balcony which looks out over an existing secret garden.

Highly Commended: Chetham Architecture Design for Hill House – a barn conversion in Brigsteer, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The existing property and its attached barn were converted into habitable accommodation with its orientation shifted to enjoy views of the Lyth Valley.

Commended: GROW Design Studio for Goff’s Oak, a marketing suite for a collection of luxury homes built within an eight-week construction programme.

Vice-President Technical, Kevin Crawford MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said: “The shortlisted entries for both Awards were of an exceptional standard but they all shared one thing — demonstration of Architectural Technology as a key design function and how necessary it is to achieve buildability, usability and create inclusive environments. My congratulations go to all those who were shortlisted and look forward to visiting the projects and presenting the plaques for permanent attachment to the buildings.”

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project) (recognising outstanding design achievement in Architectural Technology based upon a
university/college assignment)
Winner: Nathan Saulle ACIAT, Sheffield Hallam University
The winning project is the Woodland Works Discovery Centre, a mixed-use two-storey building with galleries, seminar rooms, a dual height exhibition space, café with terrace, laboratories, offices and workshops. Inspired by the form and anatomy of a pinecone, the complex gridshell uses biomimetic approach in its design. The solution develops an innovative and adaptive nodal fixing which reinforces the forest context.

Highly Commended: Tom Welch ACIAT from Southampton Solent University for Glastonbury Tor Heritage Education Centre. The building is for use all year round with a museum for the Glastonbury Tor and town’s heritage.

Commended: Wayne Croasdell ACIAT from University of Central Lancashire for Ullswater Yacht Club Replacement Clubhouse, a new clubhouse combating regular flooding and a rise in membership numbers.

Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report) (recognising outstanding research achievement in Architectural Technology from a
dissertation or research assignment)
Winner: Sean Knight ACIAT, Coventry University
The winning report, Integrating New Structures Within Historic Buildings, reviews and proposes methods of integrating new structures within historic buildings with a specific emphasis on the improvement of thermal efficiency and damp prevention.

Highly Commended: Naomi Clare ACIAT from Sheffield Hallam University for Woodland Works — Greater Sustainability Through Intelligent Design. An in depth
investigation of the materials and construction methods selected for a woodland visitor’s centre.

Commended: Nathan Saulle ACIAT from Sheffield Hallam University for Design Integration, Product Information and Performance Within a Mixed-Use Timber
Building, exploring the resolution of the technical complexity of a six layer gridshell construction and development of an innovative adaptive nodal fixing.

Vice-President Education, Paul Laycock MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said: “Our Architectural Technology students continue to deliver innovative and thought provoking designs and reports that take the discipline to the next level and I am excited by how they will be practising and utilising these attributes in the real world. With talented graduates such as these I look forward to the future of creating robust sustainable design solutions that perform and endure over time.”

All the Awards (together with the shortlisted entries) are featured on the website and films of the winners can be seen at: