Congrès International d’Architecture Traditionnelle ...... Международный конгресс традиционной архитектуры

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Peter Kellow - architect and writer (France)

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CIAT shall use its resources to campaign for commissions, especially major public and commercial ones, to go to traditional architectural practices which are Practice Members of CIAT..


No employee of CIAT or any Board Member shall accept gifts, payment or payment in kind from any Member or anyone else if such is clearly for the purpose of influencing the choice of Practice Member for any commission.


No Practice Member shall received special promotion over any other Practice Member except on the basis of suitability for the project in question


In helping procurers choose their architect, CIAT shall be objective and shall not take any commission from its Members or anyone else for providing this service to procurers.


CIAT shall relentless target public procurement agencies to adopt traditional architecture.


In this all the benefits that traditional architecture provides in pleasing the public, creating beautiful environments, energy saving in construction and management, economies of maintenance, adaptability, sound investment for the long term, functionality and practicality as well as developing and embodying the culture of the nation, regional and locality, will be emphasised.


CIAT shall not shy away from highlighting the disastrous record of Modernist designs in all these areas, and exposing the truth about the defects of Modernist design


CIAT will establish beyond doubt that the only sensible choice for a new building today is a traditional one, no matter what type of commission.


CIAT shall attempt by all means to penetrate and disrupt the cosy accommodation of the Modernist establishment with the authorities.


It shall relentlessly challenge the inhuman, abstract ideology of Modernism that has gained such traction on decision makers, this, in the face of almost complete unanimous rejection by the public at large.


CIAT shall target and lobby commercial operators of all types to persuade them of the benefits of traditional architecture to their businesses.


CIAT will demonstrate that there is not a single type of building for which a Modernist design is superior to a traditional one, commercial, civic, cultural, educational, including industrial, engineering and transportation building such as airports and railway stations.


By amassing and displaying the vast numbers of traditional buildings that are planned, under construction or built in the last twenty or so years it will create a momentum amongst procurers, both public and private towards selecting a CIAT Practice Member as their architect.






A main activity of CIAT is to hold congresses which
will be annual.

The purposes of the congresses are to -

  • Create publicity in the world at large for CIAT, its principles and new traditional architecture being built now and having been built over the last 10 or 20 years
  • Publicise the work of CIAT professional Members to the world at large. ... read more


As well as the holding of Congresses the second principle activity shall be the production of a magazine on traditional architecture featuring work of its professional Members.
The magazine shall be produced in a fine quality, full colour, hard copy only with no internet publication of it – except for certain excerpts ... read more

Here is a mockup. All contents and quality are indicative only.



CIAT shall use its resources to campaign for commissions, especially major public and commercial ones, to go to traditional architectural practices which are Founder Members and Practice Members of CIAT. ... read more


CIAT shall seek by all means possible to provide publicity for its architectural Practice Members.
As well as the congresses and the magazine these shall be promoted on the website with each Member having a listing with links to their website plus information and illustrations on the CIAT website.
The international reach of CIATwill enable Members to gain international recognition and foreign commissions.
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There are three main types of members - Practice Members, Individual Members and Sponsors

Practice Members will.
1. benefit from CIAT lobbying of procurors to employ traditional architectural CIAT Practice Members

2. enjoy the benefits of publicity for their practices in the CIAT Magazine, on the website and at Congresses

Individual Members shall receive the Journal, Newsletters and have preferential rates for Congresses.
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CIAT shall be a non-profit making organisation registered as a single organisation in a single country.
CIAT shall be administered by the Congress Board. The Board shall consist of Members elected for a predetermined term. The elections shall be held at Annual General Meetings which shall be held during the annual congresses.
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Until the advent of Modernist architecture in the early twentieth century there was no traditional architecture because all architecture was traditional. 

Every building was designed by an architect who worked out of the long tradition of architecture that extends back to the dawn of civilisation. ... read more


An annual system of awards for new traditional architecture in a number of categories shall be instigated
It shall be recognised that not only complete buildings but individual elements of buildings should be recognised provided that the building to which they belong is traditional and of some merit. This shall honour the work of artist, craftspersons, subcontractors and suppliers as essential and worthy contributors to the public and private environment.
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CIAT has already a prominent presense on Facebook, as a ready made resource. This is its page curently entitled Traditional Architecture World

It is administered by CIAT Founder, Peter Kellow who edits all the content. Traditional Architecture World has over 5000 subscribers from all over the world which increase by about 40 every week.

When the CIAT site goes public the Facebook page will change its name to Traditional Architecture International Congress and so give CIAT a ready made Facebook presense with a large following. ... read more


Free to non-members. Members automatically subscribed. This is not the magazine