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

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Peter Kellow - architect and writer (France)

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Lara Kopylova - writer and architectural journalist (Russia)

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In 1928 the International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM) was founded by Le Corbusier and Sigfried Giedion and 26 other Modernist architects. The aim of CIAM was to establish the Modernist style as the universally  accepted style of the twentieth century. In this it was largely successful and Modernism achieved a dominance that is still with us.


But traditional architecture never died and in the twenty-first century it has seen a strong renaissance in many countries with hundreds of traditional architectural practices, working in a variety of styles, having been established.

CIAT MKTA has been founded to bring together traditional architects across the world to create a high profile for traditional architecture, affirming it as the natural style for the modern world.


Since the year 2000 there has been a remarkable growth worldwide in the number of architectural practices exclusively designing traditional buildings for their clients.


ThisTraditional Architecture International Congress exists to join these various practices in various countries all around the globe in an international movement that will promote and propel the ongoing renaissance of traditional architecture.


Throughout the period of the dominance of modernist architecture there have always been architects who have kept the traditionalist flame alive. But we are now moving into a new period where traditional architects are again achieving prominence and gaining major commissions

Why traditional?


Traditional architecture is overwhelmingly favourable to the conservation of world resources, to the preservation of urban and rural environments and to the pleasure and joy of the general public.


Traditional architecture embodies universal human values and at the same time sustains and articulates regional and national character. It promotes civic and cultural pride and identity


Moreover, it serves its clients best by far, in its usability, its efficiency, its adaptability and its long term economies of maintenance.


Traditional architecture of today faces squarely the problems of modernity. In this it contrasts with modernist architecture which seeks to make a cult of modernity avoiding any inquiry into its real nature


By coming together internationally across national borders, across continents and across languages, traditionalists will form a powerful movement to influence procurement of buildings on all levels, but especially with big and small corporations, and central and local governments and their agencies. This will be to the benefit of society as a whole


This congress is known by the monograms of CIAT (Congrès International d'Architecture Traditionnelle) or MKTA (Международный Конгресс Для Традиционной Архитектуры) following the nationalities and locations of its two founders, Peter Kellow (France) and Lara Kopylova (Russia). 


CIAT/MKTA will hold yearly congresses in different city venues where the world traditional architectural community and its supporters can assemble and benefit from a cross-fertilisation of ideas. These congresses will forge a unity of purpose to promote the benefits of traditional architecture for every conceivable building type and every type of client.


Traditional architecture is not simply a fixed style or set of styles. The congresses will surely form crucivals for exploring new ideas within the ethos of traditionalism. A renaissance is a rebirth, and a birth is the creation of a new original living entity, with no predefined programme of where it will go - except that it must remain true to its own nature


Members of the public, clients, decision makers and press and television will all be encouraged to attend the congresses. They will be a platform in which traditional architects and architectural practices can achieve greater international prominence. 




Membership of CIAT/MKTA is open to all. It is open to anyone of any profession and to all members of the public who believe traditional architecture to be the future of building. 


As well as the congresses, CIAT/MKTA will produce a full colour magazine, once or twice a year, which will be circulated free to all members keeping them in touch with worldwide developments in traditional architecture and developments in the movement.


Outside of the movement the magazine will be used to present and inform about new and forthcoming traditional buildings.




CIAT/MKTA is more that a network of like minds who come together for an exchange of ideas and to hold instructive and sociable congresses. It is a campaigning movement that aims at breaking the grip of modernist architecture on the establishment and on decision makers.


There is little need for this campaign in respect of public opinion for modernism has almost no purchase there. The gap between public opinion and the established decision makers represents a failure of democracy which should not be tolerated in a democratic society.


The immediate aim of CIAT/MKTA is to develop the awareness of traditional architecture and see it used for all types of buildings and urban plans.


Its greater and broader aim it to improve the quality of life for all - as only traditional architecture and traditional urban design can.  










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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