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ICAT 2022 The 9th International Congress on Architectural Technology

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START DATE 19 May 2022
START TIME 09:00am

Middlesex University, Hendon campus or online

END DATE 20 May 2022
END TIME 05:00pm

ICAT 2022 The 9th International Congress on Architectural Technology

Congress Theme: Digitally Integrated Cities: Closing the Chasm between Social and Physical

Challenges are emerging within the construction industry, causing diversification of roles, workflows and educational transformations. This has resulted in unifying and integrating the built environment on city, country and global levels due to Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing and big data analytics.

Architectural Technology is at the centre of the construction industry where the relationship between these factors creates many interfaces. Academics and Professionals associated with Architectural technology are best positioned to enhance the design, delivery and performance of integrated buildings within cities at large.

This congress will be a vehicle to disseminate research, education and practice related to this theme investigating both social as well as physical, technical, operational and strategic effects on Digitally integrated Cities.

Official ICAT 2022 website

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About ICAT

The purpose of the Congress is to contribute to the progression of research within the discipline of Architectural Technology worldwide and to publish the results for the benefit of society.

The Congress and the research it initiates and disseminates must be independent of political, economic and ideological interests as well as dominating influence from organisations, institutions.

It is the firm belief of the Congress board that true development on behalf of society is a result of free debate and presentation of different views and perspectives. As a means to encourage research and scholarship within the field of Architectural Technology, the Congress facilitates regular conferences and secures publishing of the conference proceedings.

ICAT 2022 is the ninth Congress. Previous ICAT Congresses have been hosted as follows:

  • Copenhagen 2008: Hosted by KEA Copenhagen School of Design & Technology
  • Amsterdam 2010: Hosted by the Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • Dublin 2011: Hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Sheffield 2013: Hosted by Sheffield Hallam University
  • Aberdeen 2014: Hosted by Robert Gordon University
  • Alicante 2016: Hosted by University of Alicante - Universidad de Alicante
  • Belfast 2018: Hosted by Ulster University
  • Odense 2019: Hosted by University College Lillebaelt

Key dates

7 December 2021

Call for papers

29 January 2022

Abstract submission deadline

14 February 2022

Notification of acceptance of abstracts

15 March 2022

Paper submission deadline

31 March 2022

Notification of acceptance of papers

15 April 2022

Submission of final papers deadline

30 April 2022

Final date for registration

19-20 May 2022

Conference Dates

For enquiries, please email ICAT2021@mdx.ac.uk.

NB: A select number of papers / authors will be invited to extend their work for submission to an international peer reviewed journal to create a themed edition on Architectural Technology.

Call for papers

The congress invites abstracts and papers including but not exclusive to the following sub-themes:

  • Impact of new innovations and technologies on best performance of assets: including robotics, internet of things, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, data analytics, virtual and augmented reality
  • New conceptual frameworks for asset information management: digital twins, predictive analytics, sensor telemetry, social data, visual analytics
  • Professional Practice: Role(s) of the architectural technologist, Industry challenges, CPD, Professional practice diversity and skills
  • Sustainable and Environmental Design: Life-cycle analysis, Selection of materials, Components and assembly, Sustainable design and development, Technical performance, Innovation
  • Improvement of Existing Buildings: Retrofit, Influence of Building labelling, Energy certification, Green certifications, Influence over building market
  • Building Performance and Techniques: Building Information Modelling, Collaborative working, Buildability and innovation, Design management, Designing for performance and production
  • Theory, Practice and Research: Integrated health and safety, Integration of fabric, Structures and services, Alternative procurement and project control strategies, Development of new concepts, Techniques and strategies
  • Teaching and Education: Design pedagogy, Innovative models, Learning environments and studios, Learning theory, History and philosophy, Architectural Technology promotion

Registration and prices

Please book your place to attend the ICAT 2022.

Congress (incl. hospitality and printed proceedings)


Congress Dinner (venue TBC)


City Tour


All delegates will be informed by 15 April if the congress will run virtually or on campus. If congress is run virtually, prices will be adjusted accordingly.

Programme of ICAT 2022 events

Student Event

Thursday 19th May 2022, 10.30am to – 4.30pm, Middlesex University Hendon campus (venue TBC)

A student competition event will be held to showcase and identify best projects based on predetermined design and sustainability criteria.

The event is individually based providing you with a great platform to present their university design work. Entrants must be a current student, studying full or part-time on a programme in Architectural Technology, Architecture or a related subject.

Students will need to pinup some work at the start of the day and also deliver a short presentation to give an overview of their work.

We would love to host students from institutions locally, nationally and internationally. It is our hope that the dissemination of work from a wide range will be informative and inspiring.

Lecturers and other delegates are welcome to attend, but please register to ensure there is sufficient catering provision.

Pinup submission

Students will be required to bring two A1 pages for pinup at the start of the day. These pages should contain a mix of design and technical content for your project. Boards suitable for pinup will be provided.

Entries should demonstrate how students have addressed as many the following criteria as possible:

  • Functionality and inclusivity
  • Buildability and assembly
  • Fire and safety
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Performance and durability

PowerPoint presentation

Students will be required to electronically submit a PowerPoint presentation in advance of the competition. Instructions for this will be provided after they register.

Each student will be allocated 10 minutes to give an overview of his or her work and they should expect to defend their design when questioned by a panel.

Typical content for the presentation may include project context, design aims, site description/analysis, design content and technical resolution.


A number of prizes will be awarded by a judging panel at the close of proceedings. This will include the pinup and PowerPoint submissions.


Friday 20th May 2022, 9.00am to 5.00pm, Middlesex University, Hendon campus (venue TBC)


8.30am to 9.00am

Registration and Refreshments

9.00am to 9.15am

Congress Welcome

9.15am to 9.45am

Keynote Talk

9.45am to 10.00am

Tea / Coffee break

10.00am to 12.00pm

First Plenary Sessions (dual venues)

12.00pm to 1.00pm


1.00pm to 2.00pm

Second Plenary Sessions (dual venues)

2.00pm to 2.15pm


2.15pm to 4.15pm

Third Plenary Sessions (dual venues)

4.20pm to 5.00pm

Concluding Session and Awards



Congress dinner

Friday 20th May 2022, 7.30pm, venue TBC

Dinner information to follow

City tour

Saturday 21st May 2022, 9.30am

Tour information to follow

ICAT 2022 Congress Board

  • Malachy Mathews, Dublin Institute of Technology (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Noha Saleeb, Middlesex Universaity , UK (Co-Chair)
  • Tahar Kouider, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
  • Dr. Niels Barrett,  KEA: Copenhagen School of Design and Technology
  • Dr. Antonio Galiano Garrigós, Universidad de Alicante
  • Gareth Alexander, Ulster University, Belfast
  • Prof Stephen Emmitt, University of Bath
  • Peter J Andesen, University College Lillebælt, Denmark
  • Andrew Wilson, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Prof Sam Allwinkle, Edinburgh Napier, UK
  • Jette Leth Djaelund, Konstruktørforeningen, Denmark

Scientific committee

  • Elsbeth Van Battum, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • Prof Norman Wienand, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Dolores Andujar Montoya, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
  • Ms Gillian Armstrong, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Dr Amar Bennadji, Robert Gordon University, UK
  • Mr Matthew Brook-Peat, Leeds Beckett University, UK
  • Mr David Comiskey, Ulster University, UK
  • Dr Karen Davison, Ulster University, UK
  • Mr Lindesay Dawe, Ulster University, UK
  • Dr Mark Dewsbury, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Dr Michael Dignan, Robert Gordon University, UK
  • Dr Robert Eadie, Ulster University, UK
  • Mr John Gelder, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Dr Morten Gjerde, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Prof Philip Griffiths, Ulster University, UK
  • Dr James Harty, KEA: Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, Denmark
  • Dr Dave Heesom, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Dr Daniel Herrera, Robert Gordon University, UK
  • Dr Trevor Hyde, Ulster University, UK
  • Dr Mohammad Arif Kamal, Aligarh Muslim University, India
  • Mr Mark Kennett, Wilson Kennett Partnership, UK
  • Mr Paul Laycock, Birmingham City University, UK
  • Dr John Littlewood, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
  • Dr Temitope Omotayo, Robert Gordon University, UK
  • Dr Huda Salman, Robert Gordon University, UK
  • Dr Jonathan Scott, Robert Gordon University, UK
  • Mr Robin Stubbs, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Prof Jason Underwood, University of Salford, UK
  • Dr Fatih Yazıcıoğlu, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Dr Theo Dounas - Robert Gordon University
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