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Spotlight On CCG Members :- Ann Vanner

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~~Every big step has a small beginning. That’s how this month’s ‘Spotlight on CCG Members’ built up her momentum to work in a field she cherishes and deeply appreciates every day. Let’s learn more about Lancashire based Ann Vanner.

In her adult life Ann has had a keen interest in buildings. This interest was further cultivated when she worked as an Architect/Architectural Technologist specifically within design and construction.

Having worked in the development of buildings this further grew and impelled her to teach what she knew. Ann became the course lead for the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Programme at UCLAN in 2009.

Her ability to teach young people the theoretical and practical approach to architecture was highly praised by professionals and the students even went away with awards. 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’.

This gave Ann great confidence both in herself and the students she was teaching. Ten years after her first teaching role at UCLAN she can boldly say she is now the Degree Appreciate Lead for the School of Art, Design and Fashion.

Ann’s research interest lie in social enterprise/cooperatives and how these might provide alternative approaches to :-

• Design
• Procurement
• Construction
• 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.
Ann has been involved with both big and small projects. From domestic extensions in the Lake District to the redevelopment of a 42 hectare former steelwork site in former East German city of Riesa.

She leaves us with these words of encouragement for anyone considering a career in design and construction:-
“Practical creativity is my starting point and approach. This fosters the idea of learning through doing and inspirational pragmatism.”

Ann, welcome to the CCG.

^Alex Ashworth