New national role for academic

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’ 25th President.

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 and internationally.

“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).

Colin is married with two children. His interests include photography, playing the saxophone and, as a proud Mancurian, following Manchester City Football Club.

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