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Thursday 6 November 2014

CIAT celebrates 50th anniversary with Solent

Solent students studying BA (Hons) Architectural Technology were invited to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

The event took place at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and started with a guided tour where students learned about the history, architecture and interior design of the famous landmark.

Sarah Radif (course leader, second left), Francesca Berriman (CIAT chief executive) and Alex Naraian (SE regional councillor) with Architectural Technology students in the Banqueting Hall.

Students had the opportunity to speak to representatives who sponsored the event and network with the guests, who included the Mayor of Brighton and Hove and Francesca Berriman MBE, who last year received an honorary doctorate from Solent.

Kerri Alexander, currently in her final year at Solent, said of the event: “It allowed us to get to know other professionals and gain an insight of the range of work architectural technologists do and how important and varied our role is.

“There were also companies there exhibiting their products, so we got to discover things that can benefit our Uni work and projects that we might not necessary have found when looking things up online. Quite often, company representatives explain products and their uses more clearly than on websites, and you’re more inclined to remember them when you can put a face to the name, so to speak.

“Events like Brighton give us an insight of what we can aspire to be, which is the biggest motivation; doing well at Uni is essentially the foundation of our future so the better we do, the greater the opportunity is of working in our dream job.”

Sarah Radif (course leader, front) with some students that attended the event.

Featured at the event was a display of Solent students’ drawings, sketchbooks and models, as well as an exhibition of architectural tools, old and new, manual drawings and draughting tools, handmade and 3D printed models.

Kerri added: “In Brighton, some of my peers’ work was displayed alongside the drawings for other buildings that have been constructed, showing how our standard of work measures up with live projects. This is encouraging because we can see how well we are doing, which indirectly says that our course is very successful and guiding us on the right path.

“A lot of people there were showing an interest in our work; asking what we’re doing and were generally willing to offer advice and guidance when asked, so networking with others is definitely beneficial as they have more experience and knowledge to share.

Sarah Radif, course leader for BA (Hons) Architectural Technology, said: “This was such a popular and exciting trip, which students found both enjoyable and useful. We are proud of our strong links with industry and CIAT, our accrediting body.

“With more than 30 students attending, Solent had a visible presence as this regional event. Students who took part gained extra value to add to their learning experience at Solent.”