Frances Robertson

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Frances Robertson ARB MCIAT Passivhaus Certified Designer

Senior Lecturer in Architecture


Frances Robertson qualified as a registered architect in 1990 having worked in large and small practices in London (Hawkins Brown, DEGW, Fitch Benoy, Holder Mathias Alcock). She graduated from Strathclyde University in 1984 with a BSc (Hons) in Architecture: a course rooted in building science and cutting edge CAD. She studied for her Diploma in Architecture at PCL (now the University of Westminster) and has a passion for the theory of architectural design and detailing tempered with pragmatism. She became a professional Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) in 2015.


In 2001 she began as an Associate Lecturer in the second year AED Design Studio module at Sheffield Hallam University. Increasing her input over the subsequent years, she took up a part-time post working in first and second year design studios and leading the Cultural Context 1 module and contributing to the development of the AED and AT courses. During this time she contributed to the successful RIBA validation of the AED course and the re-validation of the AT course. She became full-time in 2006 when she took up the course leadership of the AT undergraduate degree which she did until 2016.

Her job focuses on ensuring the AT student is provided with a challenging curriculum and prepared for eventual MCIAT status. Her focus is on the student experience and making each student realise their potential. She is an external examiner for Architectural Technology and assesses students and other institutions for CIAT. She is leading the AT Placement module and a project to address the BME attainment gap in HE.


BSc (Hons) Architecture Strathclyde University 1984
Diploma in Architecture Polytechnic Central London 1989
ARB Registered Architect
Certified Passivhaus Designer (PHI)


PhD in Architecture in Progress: "The Future Practice of Architectural Technology: Informing Practice and Education" (The University of Bath)
Robertson, F. & Emmitt, S. (2015) "Nuclear Architecture: Perceptions of Architectural Technology", International Congress for Architectural Technology, 15 May, 2016, Alicante, Spain. Published in the conference proceedings.
Chisholm,G.,Duxbury, L., Mϋller, E., Olner, G., Robertson, F. (2017) "Tri-varsity, Inter-disciplinary BIM Workshop: An Action Research International Example", CITA BIM Gathering Conference, November 2017. Published in conference proceedings.


Journal articles

Robertson, F.J., Muller, E., Chisholm, G., Olner, G., & Duxbury, L.S. (2017). Trivarsity, interdisciplinary BIModelling/Management (BIM) workshop: an action research international example. International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling, 6 (4), 37-56.

Conference papers

Robertson, F., & Emmitt, S. (2016). Nuclear architecture : perceptions of architectural technology. ICAT 2016 Conference Proceedings.

Other activities

Architectural Technology External Examiner; Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology 2009 -12, University of Bolton 2013-17, University of East London 2015-Present
CIAT POP Assessor 2010, 2011
CIAT International Conference 2009, 2010
CIAT Course Leaders' Conference 2008-15
Interdisciplinary visit to Maggie's Centres Scotland 2011
CIAT CPD Event at Nottingham Trent University, 2011

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