The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) confirmed it has become a sponsor of Designing Buildings Wiki, the construction industry knowledge base.
This relationship will help bridge the gap between theory and practice, adding the practical knowledge of architectural technologists to the property, design and construction professionals already supporting the site. CIAT will be publishing key resources on Designing Buildings Wiki and will encourage its members to become contributors to the ever-growing resource.
The announcement comes during a landmark period for Designing Buildings Wiki. It has recently published its 5,000th article, and has, for the first time, exceeded three million users a year. This makes it one of the most popular websites in the construction industry and one of the largest knowledge resources.
Adam Endacott, Communications Director from CIAT said:
“As an Institute, we advance standards of education, competence, practice and conduct of our members who design and facilitate the integration of technology into architecture. The dissemination of knowledge is crucial to both these aims, and Designing Buildings Wiki provides the ideal online platform, allowing the Institute and our members to collaborate on the creation and sharing of practical knowledge for the benefit of all.”
“Tackling the skills gap in the construction industry is not just about training new people, it is about making knowledge as accessible as possible so that people can stay up-to-date, can learn from others and are ready to face new challenges.”
Designing Buildings Wiki chairman, David Trench CBE FCIOB said:
“As buildings become more technologically advanced and the construction process becomes more complex, the application of knowledge has never been more important. You only have to look at the recent problems with the Edinburgh schools to see what can happen when those responsible for the administration of complex projects do not have the right expertise.
“Architectural technologists have a pivotal role in the development of complex buildings, and their knowledge will be an invaluable addition to a fantastic, free resource.”