Architectural technology reaches the Middle East

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Architectural technology reaches the Middle East

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is celebrating its half-century this year with its stated goal of focussing on the build-ability, sustainability and durability of a structure, incorporating building pathology, performance, design management and operation.

The group was instigated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) after a survey entitled “The Architect and his Office” expressed a need to have a society that would represent those who assisted the work of the architects.

International director Tara Page said: “Architectural Technology is an organic discipline, which is has to be reactive to changes in the industry and advances in technology.

“After one of the hardest-hitting global recessions in memory, the economy of the UAE is now in growth which is spurred on by increasing activity in the construction sector, particularly in Dubai. We are seeing the development of innovative megastructures in the region, which could not be built without today’s technologies, including the BIM process which is a key area of knowledge for our members.”

CIAT membership director James Banks said: “Dubai is leading the way with the implementation of technology within architecture. CIAT and chartered architectural technologists are ideally placed to push the boundaries and implement excellence in the field for the benefit of society as a whole.”

The other Emirates and Qatar are also a focus for the organisation’s expansion plans.

Page said: “Although Dubai has emerged as a major economic area and has seen huge growth and development over the past 50 years, the region is still expanding in areas such as Sharjah and Ajman so there is still plenty to do.[]