An architecture and design academic has been appointed
as President of a national professional body.
Colin Orr, from the Department of Architecture and Design in the
School of Technology, recently took up
the post as the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists’
He is the first academic based in England to be awarded the
position by the Institute.
Colin said: “I will endeavour to ensure that the interest of
every member is adequately supported. I can, and will, actively
participate in continuing to strengthen the recognition and
awareness of the Architectural Technology discipline both locally
“I fully recognise the vital importance of ensuring that the
link between academia and practice is retained and developed. I
would also like to see more educational establishments offering
Architectural Technology through a variety of programs thus
supporting the progression of membership.”
The Institute is the internationally recognised professional
body representing those working and studying in the field of
Architectural Technology in the UK and overseas. Alongside his
academic career, Colin has served the Institute for many years.
His work has involved the development of Architectural
Technology programs, the Institute’s Accreditation guidelines for
Architectural Technology Honours degree programs, the Quality
Assurance Agency (QAA) Benchmark Statement and the introduction of
the Professional and Occupational Performance Record for
prospective professionally qualified Architectural Technicians
(TCIAT) and Chartered Members (MCIAT).
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