I am writing in response to Zoë Blackler's article regarding calls by the ARB to gain control over the use of the word 'architectural' (AJ 28.3.02).
The British Institute of Architectural Technologists (BIAT) is aware of this issue and has in the past liaised with the government on such moves. It continues to monitor the situation with considerable interest and some concern.
As your readers are no doubt aware, any proposals would have to be the subject of full consultation with all affected professions, and BIAT, as the qualifying body in architectural technology, would have to be an integral part of the consultation process to ensure the protection of its members' status. Full members of BIAT, designated MBIAT, are qualified professionals - competent to work in their field, which is complementary to the role of architects - and they are widely recognised as such.
We have no doubt that there are unscrupulous and unqualified individuals who mislead the public.We are keen to work with the other professional bodies, including the ARB, in whatever way we can to protect the public.
We have a healthy relationship with the ARB and believe that it is also positive about working with us on this issue.
Part of this protection must be to ensure that qualified architectural technologists are able to maintain their vital role in the construction process.
Les Bourne, senior administrator, British Institute of Architectural Technologists, London