Architectural Technologist: Minister “disrespectful and misleading” in Seanad

by Bregs Blog admin team

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The following Letter was sent by an Architectural Technologist to the Editor of the Irish Times on Wednesday April 16th, 2014. The letter concerns statements made by Minister Phil Hogan in a Seanad debate on 10th April. Lister to debate here. This letter follows on from a similar complaint made by the representative body for self-builders, who have already made formal representations to the Minister on his Seanad address. The IAOSB have called for an independent inquiry into the Minister’s statements. See the letter of complaint hereWe are not aware of any formal complaints or statements from other representative professional groups representing engineers, surveyors or architects, the ACEI, SCSI and RIAI respectively.

Link to Irish Times letter here

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Extract from letter: 

New building regulations

Sir, – The comments made by Phil Hogan in a Seanad debate in relation to the impacts of the new building regulations (“New building regulations will exclude non-professionals”, April 11th) are frankly disrespectful and misleading.

I am an architectural technologist with 30 years’ experience in the UK and Ireland. I qualified from a three-year course at DIT Bolton Street in 1982 and after 10 years in practice as a graduate architectural technologist I applied for chartered membership of the professional representative body in the UK, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and following an interview by an admission panel was admitted. Subsequently I was admitted as an architectural technologist member of the RIAI in 2007, having met their entry criteria and served as the architectural technologist member on RIAI Council between 2009 and 2011. The RIAI represents approximately 230 architectural technologist members.

When the consultations on building control amendments with the Department of the Environment were being conducted with stakeholders, and in spite of a plea by the RIAI architectural technologist committee to RIAI council to support the inclusion of their members, we were refused the institute’s support. The CIAT, which represents approximately 100 chartered members in the Ireland branch, was excluded from access to the stakeholder representation process by Department of the Environment officials.

To be informed now by Mr Hogan that in spite of being deemed to be qualified and competent by the CIAT and the RIAI I am now a “draftsman” and that “the new building regulations will make it more difficult for unqualified people to pass themselves off as construction professionals” is offensive and potentially catastrophic to the livelihoods of many architectural technologists. Where does this leave us and the many students who are at various stages on three-and four-year full-time courses? Yours, etc

BRIAN MAHER MSc

MCIAT MCABE,

Ballacolla Road,

Abbeyleix,

Co Laois

 

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