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Ann Vanner

Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology and Architecture / UK Partnership and Degree Apprenticeship Development Lead of the School of Art, Design and Fashion and the Grenfell-Baines Institue of Architectur

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.

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Ann is a qualified Architect and Architectural Technologist and has worked at UCLan since 2009.

She is currently the Degree Appreciate Lead for the School of Art, Design and Fashion.

Prior to that, she was the course lead for the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Programme. The course was described by the then external examiner as ‘the best in the county’ and students from the programme have won awards both national and regional, most recently Darren Nelson won the CAIT AT Awards for Report 2018, for his dissertation on ‘In situ reinforcement of timber of beams in a conservation setting’.

Practical creativity is her starting point and approach. This fosters the idea of learning through doing and inspirational pragmatism.

Her research interests lie in social enterprise/cooperatives and how these might provide alternative approaches to design, procurement, construction and use of building, and how materials used in the built environment can have an impact on occupant’s wellbeing particular with regarding to acoustics and sound pollution.

She is a member of the Centre for Energy, Sustainable Design and Resilience. And on the steering committee for the Arts and Wellbeing Network at UCLan.

Before lecturing Ann worked as an Architect/Architectural Technologist, and has a huge range of practice experience at all stages of the design and construction phase, 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
  • RIBA North West RIBA Post Graduate Qualification in Professional Practice, 2000
  • B.Arch. Liverpool University, 1994
  • B.A. (Hons) in Architecture. Liverpool University, 1991
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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.

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

PROJECTS

  • BOB North – Best of Britannia North May 2016 ‘Ive made my mark’ interactive exhibition looking at the issues of empty buildings within the centre of Preston
  • BOB North – Best of Britannia North May 2015 ‘Building the Fabric’
  • Lancashire Science Festival June 2018 – ‘Materials Mosaic’
  • Lancashire Science Festival June 2016 – Construction a (cardboard) city.
  • Lancashire Science Festival June 2015 - 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 biological materials and approaches to environmental technology
  • Professional Practice.
  • Building Adaptation, Reuse and Conservation

EXTERNAL AFFILIATIONS AND ROLES

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