CWPA Director to Chair Accreditation Visiting Board for Architectural Technology Programme

Apr 13, 2023

CWPA Planning and Architecture which is an interdisciplinary practice based in Swords, is delighted to announce that its Director, Ciaran Corcoran will Chair the visiting board for the Accreditation Visit to ATU Galway Architectural Technology Programme.

The visit, which will take place from 10-12 May inclusive, is co-ordinated by the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland (RIAI) which is the Registration Body and Competent Authority for architects in the State on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications.

“It is an honour to represent the RIAI in the accreditation process for ATU Galway Architectural Technology Programme and Chair this visit. The process provides quality assurance of programmes in the delivery of third level education in the architectural sphere,” said Mr. Corcoran.

“There are many aspects to the visit namely to provide leadership to the visiting board, to ensure that they are familiar with the Documentary Submission, the accreditation procedures, and criteria against which programmes, qualifications and examinations are evaluated by the RIAI. My role is also to manage the evaluation of the programme, qualification or examination in a fair, transparent and rigorous manner and in accordance with the procedures,” he added.

The RIAI, as the leading professional body in Ireland for architectural technologists and graduates, accredits Qualifications in Architectural Technology to ensure that the interests of the students, the public and the profession are protected, and that the architectural technologist is equipped with the range of knowledge, skill and competence required for practice as an architectural technologist.

“It is critically important to ensure the standards in architectural study and the delivery of programmes are of a high standard across the relevant educational institutes. Accreditation from the RIAI signifies confidence and trust that those being educated in those institutions are suitably qualified to provide professional architectural services and I am incredibly proud to be part of that process,” Corcoran concluded.

CWPA Planning and Architecture is an interdisciplinary practice combining the knowledge and expertise of planners, architects, urban designers and project managers. It provides a comprehensive skillset with decades of experience in development proposals across various sectors including commercial, retail, residential, healthcare and infrastructure nationwide.

The company has designed several hotels, senior living facilities and has been involved in significant projects in Donegal, Kilkenny, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Wicklow and across the four County Council areas in Dublin.