In response to Larry Parker's letter (AJ 17.10.02), I would like to make it clear that he does not represent the views of BIAT.
Indeed, Parker is not a member of the institute.
His letter shows a simplistic view and does not recognise that architecture and architectural technology are two different and distinct disciplines within the design process. To merge them would diminish the level of expertise that the different professionals have achieved and devalue their mutual respect as well as that of other professionals.
BIAT is the only qualifying professional institute for architectural technologists and architectural technicians, and alongside the RIBA, continues to develop a mutual understanding on how both disciplines complement each other. Indeed, the QAA Benchmarking for Higher Education recognises that architecture and architectural technology are distinct disciplines, producing separate statements to evidence this position (see www. qaa. ac. uk).
BIAT has also accredited 24 university Honours degree programmes in architectural technology, and continues to lead academic and professional developments within architectural technology, including the new TBIAT grade.
Les Bourne, senior administrator, BIAT