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New RIBA Approved CPD - Ironmongery for fire and escape doors

A third RIBA approved CPD has been launched covering the subject of 'Ironmongery for fire and escape doors' and is now available to GAI Members. 


In the run up to this year’s exams, the GAI has been extremely thorough in its due diligence to appoint a new online examination provider. This selection process has taken a lot more time than we envisaged, and as a result – we are having to reschedule the date of Stage 1 and Stage 2 exams to THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER.

GAI AGM & Conference 2017 - Friday 5th May

Adopting a different format than previous years, the GAI AGM & Conference 2017 provided a compact but highly informative event for the industry into a days proceedings.

Kings Gate takes the crown in architectural ironmongery awards

A stunning residential project in London has been crowned the global ‘winner of winners’ in the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the GAI in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Ironmongery careers celebrated in AIJ

The stories of five architectural ironmongers are to be told in each issue of the AIJ in 2017.

What the Papers Say - Issue 2

  • 37 pieces of media and online coverage seen to date in 2017.
  • 362,000 estimated reach of your media coverage so far this year.
  • 6 new links created to the GAI's website from online media coverage so far this year.

Technical Briefing on Declarations of Performance

The Guild have published a new technical briefing document for its membership about the importance of maintaining Declarations of Performance (DoPs).

New vice chair elected at the IAI

Joanne Milne-Rowe has been appointed as the IAI new vice chair, following the announcement of her appointment Institute AGM on Saturday 4 March.

Institute names its star players

The best industry professionals and most promising newcomers within the international door hardware industry were recognised the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) Awards on 4 March.

Specification Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist has been published for the biennial Specification Awards, the most prestigious scheme to recognise the outstanding results achieved by architectural ironmongers and their clients worldwide.

New ways to learn and boost skills for door hardware experts around the world

New ways to access CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for architectural ironmongery professionals have been launched by the Guild and the Institute.

Exclusive Foundation in Hardware offer at Totally DIY and Tools Show

The Guild will be exhibiting at the Totally DIY and Tools Show on 14 and 15 February, at the Ricoh Arena.

What the Papers Say - Issue 1

  • 194 pieces of media and online coverage seen to date in 2016 
  • 55 total volume of media and online coverage in 2015 (for comparison with this year) 
  • 979,828 estimated reach of your media coverage for 2016 (where circulation figures are available) 
  • 145 no. of images seen in coverage in 2016 
  • 89 no. of links created to the GAI's website in 2016.

IAI Midlands branch raises money for local theatre school

The IAI Midlands branch has raised £250.00 for a theatre school based in Willenhall.

Door hardware talent celebrated by IAI in the GCC

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and the Institute of Architectural Ironmongery (IAI) have recognised the educational achievements of the door hardware industry’s rising stars at its November IAI GCC meeting...

Door hardware expertise celebrated at the GAI Education Awards

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has recognised the outstanding educational achievements of the door hardware industry’s rising stars at its annual Education Awards...

Institute of Architectural Ironmongers to name its star players

The best industry professionals and most promising newcomers within the international door hardware industry will be recognised at the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) awards next February...

Education Awards 2016

Each year the GAI celebrates the hard work that Diploma students have put in over the past year and rewards their successes. This year’s GAI Education Awards Lunch will be held on Wednesday 2nd November, at the Lancaster Hotel, Hyde Park, London.

Exam success for GAI students

Students who sat their Diploma (stage 3) or Certificate in Architectural Hardware (stages 1 & 2) examinations in June this year were notified of their results on 22 August.

New RIBA Approved CPD Now Available

In a new initiative the GAI have now produced a CPD which has been approved by RIBA entitled “Ironmongery and accessibility” and are now offering our membership the opportunity to purchase this for them to deliver around their own architect's practices at a cost of £250 plus VAT.

GAI AGM and Conference gets a major Rethink

Embracing the theme of ‘Rethinking’, the event was significantly different to previous years. Instead of traditional PowerPoint presentations by the Guild’s president and chief executive, the meeting featured a dynamic Prezi-based view of key agenda items and a panel discussion which brought all the issues to life.

Thank-you from President Maria Powell

With strains of 'Funiculi Funicula' still ringing in my ears ... I must admit to being a little sad that this year's GAI AGM & Conference is now behind us. With the theme of Rethink being threaded through as much of the proceedings as we could, I believe the weekend was both a refreshing change and hugely entertaining. Certainly from those I spoke to during the weekend and the messages I've received since, it was appreciated by everyone who was part of it.

AIJ Digital Edition March 2016

The Architectural Ironmongery Journal (AIJ) is the official publication of the GAI. It is published quarterly and contains both GAI and industry news and latest technical information

Door Hardware Professional Urged to Prepare for BIM with new GAI guide

The GAI has released its largest ever technical guide, in a bid to ensure its members are ready for the impact of mandatory Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Services Boost for GAI Members

The GAI has appointed two new membership services officers as part of its ongoing commitment to provide additional support and services to its 200 members.

Specification of door hardware – An Architect’s Guide

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers is proud to launch: 'Specification of door hardware - An Architect's guide'. The Guide has been designed to bring together all of the information needed to make the specification of architectural ironmongery a smooth process and to achieve the best possible result.