ICAT 2018

Congress Theme: Architectural Technology at the Interfaces

Change is constant in the modern Construction Industry: challenges grow, roles diversify, education transforms, technologies proliferate, innovations emerge and collaboration increases.

Architectural technology is at the core of the industry where the interplay of many factors creates varied interfaces.

Academics and professionals associated with the discipline are ideally placed to lead as we strive to enhance the design, delivery and performance of buildings and the industry at large.

This congress will be a vehicle to disseminate research, education and practice at these interfaces.

Call for Papers

The congress invites abstracts and papers for the following sub-themes:

Professional Practice

  • Role(s) of the architectural technologist, Industry challenges, CPD, Professional practice diversity and skills (new).

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.

Key Dates

Key Dates
28/11/16 Original Call for Papers
21/11/17 Revised Call for Papers
05/01/18 New abstract submission
19/01/18 Notification of acceptance of abstracts
23/02/18 Paper Submission Deadline
29/03/18 Notification of acceptance of papers
26/04/18 Submission of camera ready copy
15/06/18 Congress

We look forward to welcoming you to Belfast!

NB: The intention is to select a number of papers and invite the authors to extend their work for submission to the international peer reviewed journal Architectural Engineering & Design Management to create a themed edition on Architectural Technology.

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 etc.

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 2018 is the seventh 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

Dates and Submission

Key dates for published papers
28/11/16 Original Call for Papers
21/11/17 Revised Call for Papers
05/01/18 New abstract submission
19/01/18 Notification of acceptance of abstracts
23/02/18 Paper Submission Deadline
29/03/18 Notification of acceptance of papers
26/04/18 Submission of camera ready copy
15/06/18 Congress

Last date for registration - 01/06/18


Student Event (including food) Free
Congress (incl. printed proceedings) £95
Student Congress (tutor email required) £20
Congress Dinner (incl. wine reception) £45
City Tour (incl. lunch) £35


Programme of ICAT 2018 Events

Student Competition

10.30am – 4.30pm Thursday 14 June 2018, Ulster University, Belfast campus, Conor Lecture Theatre

A student competition event will be held in the Conor Lecture Theatre of the Belfast campus of Ulster University. Please see Student Event page for further details.

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


9.15am-5.00pm Friday 15 June 2018, Ulster University, Belfast campus, Conor Lecture Theatre

from 8.30am Registration and Refreshments
9.15am Congress Commences
9.45am Keynotes Talk  1
10.45am Tea / Coffee break
12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm Next Session
3.15pm Refreshments
3.30pm Keynotes Talk 2
4.30pm Plenary Session and Awards
5.00pm Closure

Congress Dinner

7.30pm Friday 15 June 2018, Hilton Hotel Belfast

The Congress Dinner will be held in the Lisburn Suite of the Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

A drinks reception at 7.30pm followed by dinner from 8.00pm.

Dinner information to follow…

City Tour

9.30am Sat 16 June 2018

Belfast has a unique and wonderful history.

The city was recently awarded the world’s top tourist attraction award for Titanic Belfast.

However, there is more to Belfast than the Titanic and we encourage you to dig a little deeper! We have organised a fantastic tour to give you a flavour of our past, what the city offers now along with a highlight of some architectural gems.

It is a fact that people who visit Belfast, even for conference events, frequently return as tourists, and we hope that you do too.

Tour commencing at 9.30am.

Student Event

The student competition is individually based providing you with a great platform to present your 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. The level of study may be foundation degree, undergraduate or post-graduate.

You will need to pinup some work at the start of the day and also deliver a short presentation to give an overview of your work (further details below).

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.

Pinup submission

You 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.

Your entry should demonstrate how you 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

You will be required to electronically submit a PowerPoint presentation in advance of the competition. Instructions foe this will be provided after you register. Each student will be allocated 10 minutes to give an overview of his or her work. You should expect to defend your 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.

On behalf of ICAT, we wish you all the best!

Travel and accommodation

The 7th ICAT congress will be held in Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast.

Getting to Belfast

Belfast is easily accessible from anywhere in the world, with two airports located in Belfast/County Antrim:

George Best Belfast City Airport

Situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre, this airport has 350 weekly return flights, including 79 from London with British Airways and Aer Lingus which take approximately one hour.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is only 30 minutes drive from Belfast City Centre. The airport has daily flights to 13 UK and 20 European/International airports.

Dublin airport is less than two hours by rail and there is an excellent road network between the two Capital Cities.

By Rail

The Enterprise train services runs eight times daily from Dublin to Belfast with the journey lasting less than two hours.

By Bus

Dublin Airport Express Coach Service operates from Dublin Airport 24 hours a day with a journey time of approximately two hours.

Getting around Belfast

The conference venues, hotels and attractions in Belfast City Centre are only a 5-10 minute walk from each other.

Should additional transportation be required there are a number of bus and train options available. Taxis in the city are affordable (approximately £6 from Belfast City Airport to the conference venue).

If you want to see more of Belfast

Belfast is full of exciting and interesting places to visit and there is something for everyone.

To get the best out of your trip, why not look at the Visit Belfast website for some inspiration.

To experience a taste of Northern Irish culture why not consider the following:

Cathedral Quarter

The historic heart of Belfast is now the city’s up and coming cultural hotspot. These cobbled streets are dotted with gems of all kinds from restaurants, pubs, art and photographic galleries and even a circus! Each year the quarter hosts a cutting edge festival with the emphasis on bringing the arts to unorthodox places.

The Murals

View the famous political and cultural murals in the west and east of the city - either on a black taxi tour or on an open top bus. Learn about the history and culture of Belfast through the political wall murals and before you leave, add your personal message to the peace wall.

Guinness, Oysters and Irish music In a traditional Belfast pub

Sample a local brew in one of Belfast’s historic hostelries, visit one of the traditional pubs for a live Irish music sessions, or check out the hip and trendy bar and club scene, you’ll find it all in Belfast!

Sample local produce at the lively St George’s Market

If you want to enjoy a real taste of Belfast, visit St. George’s Market, open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday offering a wide range of local high quality specialist food and products. Customers can sample the produce; relax with a coffee and newspaper against a backdrop of live jazz or flamenco music. This market is a real treat and a great way to spend a few hours at the weekend.

Shopping at Victoria Square

Victoria Square is Northern Ireland’s shopping mecca, offering a diverse mix of fashion brands including high street and premium labels. Housed under an impressive dome which boasts 360 degree views across the city.

Entry Visa and requirements

For UK nationals a passport is not strictly necessary but photographic identification is required. Check with your airline/ferry company as requirements vary.

For other nationals, a valid passport or national identity card is required.

Visas are not usually requires for citizens from Europe and most other western countries.

Further information is available from the British Embassy in your country of origin.


With 57 hotels in greater Belfast comprising 4,552 rooms the city offers variety, from renowned brands through to distinctive and iconic hotels. In addition by 2018 seven hotels plan to be completed in Belfast - adding 683 rooms.

Delegates will be able to choose from a range of competitively priced accommodation, which are within a short walk of the venues.

As part of the expansion, the Hilton Hotel will have a direct covered connection to the venue. With 198 bedrooms and additional meeting space for up to 400 people this is a potential headquarters hotel.

Delegates can call or email the in-house reservations team to book quoting GUNIB.

Titanic Hotel Belfast

As a valued client of Titanic Belfast we are delighted to offer you a preferential booking rate at the Titanic Hotel Belfast.

Avail of bed and breakfast stay from only £99*.

For more information or to book call 028 9076 6396.

*Subject to availability. Terms and Conditions apply.

Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

  • £129 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
  • £139 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

T: 0044 2890 242494 select option 1 for reservations

E: reservations@hibelfastcitycentre.co.uk

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City Queens Quarter

  • £109 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
  • £115 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

T: 0044 2890 311909 select option 1 for reservations

E: reservations@hiexpressbelfast.com

Ibis Belfast City Centre

  • £109 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
  • £115 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

T: 0044 2890 238888 select option 1 for reservations

E: h7232-re@accor.com

Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

  • £109 B&B per Single Occupancy Room per Night
  • £115 B&B per Double Occupancy Room per Night

T: 0044 2890 336666 select option 1 for reservations

E: h7288-re@accor.com

All rates include breakfast, VAT and free Wi-Fi. They require credit/debit card details to guarantee the reservations only and payment is then due at the hotels.

Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

  • Basis: Bed & Breakfast VAT and WIFI
  • Cancellation: 28 days of date of Booking – 100% of the Total Cost is charged
  • £119 standard room with single occupancy per night
  • £129 standard room with double occupancy per night

T: +44 28 90434065

E: reservations.belfast@radissonblu.com

W: www.parkinn.co.uk/hotel-belfast

Radisson Blu Belfast

  • Basis: Bed & Breakfast VAT and WIFI
  • Cancellation: 28 days of date of Booking – 100% of the Total Cost is charged
  • £129 standard room with single occupancy per night
  • £139 standard room with double occupancy per night

T: +44 28 90434065

E: reservations.belfast@radissonblu.com

W: www.radissonblu.com

Fitzwilliam Hotel

  • £162.00 per room per night inclusive of Overnight accommodation & Full Fitzwilliam Breakfast
  • £175.00 per room per night inclusive of Overnight accommodation & Full Fitzwilliam Breakfast
  • Guests to call and book their own rooms quoting ‘SIF18’

T: +44 (0) 28 9044 2080

E: enq@fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com

W: www.fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com

Hilton Belfast

  • £129 Single Occupancy
  • £139 Double Occupancy
  • Breakfast Inclusive
  • 21 day individual cancelation policy
  • Credit card details required at time of booking

Book online at http://eventsathilton.com/show/59367d27f6c4665d1ec86dc9

T: +44 (0) 28 90 277216 and quote GUUFA

W: www3.hilton.com

Ramada Encore Belfast

  • £85 BB single
  • £95 BB double occupancy per room per night, these rates are subject to availability.
  • The code SIF18 is to be quoted via email to Rachel Morrison (Reservations Coordinator)

T: 02890 261800

E: reservations@encorebelfast.co.uk

W: www.encorebelfast.co.uk

Bullitt Hotel

  • £95 per room per night to include a cooked breakfast

T: 02895 900600

E: info@bullitthotel.com

W: www.bullitthotel.com


  • £80 per night single occupancy
  • £95 double occupancy.
  • Guests need to call with the reference SIF18 and provide card details for their booking and pay on arrival

E: Info@benedictshotel.co.uk

W: www.benedictshotel.co.uk

The Crescent Townhouse Hotel

  • Room only single £67
  • Room only double £67
  • B&B single £75
  • B&B double £83
  • They require credit card details from Delegates to guarantee & confirm their bookings

E: info@crescenttownhouse.com

W: www.crescenttownhouse.com

Congress Committee

ICAT Congress Board

Dr. Niels Barrett (Chair),  KEA: Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

Malachy Mathews, Dublin Institute of Technology

Tahar Kouider, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Dr. Antonio Galiano Garrigós, Universidad de Alicante

Elsbeth Van Battum, Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Gareth Alexander, Ulster University, Belfast

Prof Norman Wienand, Sheffield Hallum University

Prof Stephen Emmitt, University of Bath

Scientific Committee

  • Prof Sam Allwinkle, Edinburgh Napier, UK
  • 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 Noha Saleeb,  Middlesex 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