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Ann Vanner

Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Architectural Technology Course Leader for the B.Sc.(Hons) Architectural Technology

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Harris Building, HB119

+44 (0) 1772 89 4219

amvanner@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Architecture, Design

Ann is a qualified Architect and Architectural Technologist and has worked at UCLan since 2009. She is a Senior Lecturer and currently the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Programme. She works with a range of people, groups and organisations to develop ‘live’ studio projects and hands-on exercises for degree students and encourages the idea of learning through doing, and as a result the course has adopted the tag line of ‘practical creativity’ Ann is research active in building technology, passive design approaches and the pedagogy of architectural education. She is also a member of Centre for Sustainable Development CSD.

Prior to working at UCLan Ann worked as an Architect, both in the UK and abroad and has worked on a huge variety of project ranging from small domestic extensions in the Lake District to the redevelopment of a 42 hectare former steelwork site in former East German city of Riesa.

She freelanced for a number of years and worked with a range of designers/academics and professionals on a number of project including a project looking at the space left over falling the Fall of the Berlin Wall, exploring the work of Lawrence Halprin on the West Coast of America and studying the concept of cohousing groups in both Germany and the UK.

Qualifications

  • M.Sc. In Conservation and Heritage, University of Central Lancashire, 2006
  • B.Arch. Liverpool University, 1994
  • B.A. (Hons) in Architecture. Liverpool University, 1991

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Chartered Architectural Technologist MCIAT
  • Chartered Architect ARB
  • Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. RIBA
  • Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. IHBC
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. FHEA

Research Activities

Her research interests lie in social enterprise, cooperatives and how these might provide alternative approaches to design, procurement, construction and use of building (and the education of these areas). She is also exploring the use of technology within teaching and learning and specifically Architectural Technology and how this might facilitate learning beyond the walls of the studio. Some of the this work was been presented at the AAE conference in April 2013 and the paper that has been co-written with her college Gill Swan has been accepted for the subsequent Journal publication. She engages industry developing 'live' studio projects and hands-on exercises for degree students. This has led to a number of cross discipline conference presentations and case studies that are being further explored and developed in the coming months.

Projects

  • BOB North – Best of Britannia North May 2015 ‘Building the Fabric’
  • Lancashire Science Festival June2015 - The Science of Construction and #Denology
  • Open City with In Certain Places October 2013 Workshop
  • New City Square Workshop facilitator

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Building Technology. Particularly the use of new materials and approaches to environmental technology
  • Design – process and practice.
  • Professional Practice.
  • Building Adaptation, Reuse and Conservation

External Affiliations and Roles

  • External Examiner at Coventry University since 2014 for the Bsc (Hons) architectural Technology Programme.
  • CIAT panel member of University Accreditations
  • CIAT panel member of the MCIAT Professional Interview Panel

Conferences

  • AAE Sheffield 2014 – Old technologies of 21st Century Architectural Technology Students
  • AAE Nottingham 2013 - #TwitterCritter : Extending the Reach of Studio
  • Sharing Practice Conference UCLan June 2013

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Research activities

Her research interests lie in social enterprise, cooperatives and how these might provide alternative approaches to design, procurement, construction and use of building (and the education of these areas). She is also exploring the use of technology within teaching and learning and specifically Architectural Technology and how this might facilitate learning beyond the walls of the studio. Some of the this work was been presented at the AAE conference in April 2013 and the paper that has been co-written with her college Gill Swan has been accepted for the subsequent Journal publication. She engages industry developing 'live' studio projects and hands-on exercises for degree students. This has led to a number of cross discipline conference presentations and case studies that are being further explored and developed in the coming months.