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

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Peter Kellow - architect and writer (France)

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To initiate the activities of CIAT, a number of distinguished traditional architectural practices, from a spread of countries, will by invited to become Founding Members.


But prior to the inauguration of CIAT and the making public of the website, a minimum of five such practices will be sought. These five or more will pledge on joining to pay to CIAT the first subscription of £1000 only when the total of five has been reached.


At that moment all the five or more will have the opportunity to approve all the others that they are to join with in CIAT. Each shall them pay the £1000 subscription and CIAT will be inaugurated and the website made public.


These initial subscriptions will form the seed corn for launching CIAT. Following these initial subscriptions of £1000 Founding Members shall pay the same annual subscription as Standard Members


Founding Members shall be: Architectural Practices or Architectural Companies and will also automatically be also Standard Members.


Founding Members will enjoy permanent and irrevocable status as such. Their number will be limited by Board decision and the Board will decide a cutoff point when no further Founding Members will be created.


Founding Members by their nature perform a founding role in CIAT and so once the founding is achieved none further will be required


These are current introductory rates and no guarantee is given as to their permanence.

As a Founding Member the Practice shall be permanently displayed on the website, unless they prefer otherwise. Names shall be displayed in order of becoming Founding Members.

Founding Members must be respectable bone fide architectural Practices working exclusively in traditional architecture.

Every Founding Member shall have the automatic right appoint someone to serve on the Board for its first two terms without being elected.

Founding Members shall benefit from special publicity and prominence for their architectural work at Congresses and in the Magazine and lobbying of precurors.

Becoming a Founding Member is by invitation only, from the Founders or the Board of CIAT.





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