University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, BA (Hons) Architectural Studies, 1978
South Bank Polytechnic, London, Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture, 1981
South Bank Polytechnic, London, Final Examination in Architecture, 1982
King's College, University of London, MSc Construction Law and Arbitration, 1993
Chartered Architect, 1983
Panel-listed Adjudicator, 1998
Certified Passivhaus Designer, 2020-2025 (current certification validity)
Chartered Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Frances Forward has working experience of many types and sizes of building project, acting as designer, contract administrator, project manager, site architect and management contractor, both in the UK and Germany. She has particularly detailed knowledge of off-site fabrication techniques, using a range of timber and precast concrete technologies to achieve very low energy design and construction to Passivhaus standard.
Frances has investigated a number of technical issues across a wide range of building types and construction methods, covering diverse issues including water ingress, fire protection, thermal performance and air quality. She has also given Expert opinion on matters of architects’ performance of their professional services, including in relation to planning applications, contract administration and conduct complaints raised with the Architect’s Registration Board.
Frances is a current member of the RIBA President’s Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution and between 2000-2005 was an architect member of the ICE’s NEC Drafting Panel. Since 1997 she has been a visiting lecturer and examiner in professional practice in architecture at various universities including University College London, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Oxford and Canterbury as well as a dissertation supervisor at Kings College London. Frances has also published ‘An Architect’s Guide to NEC 4’ and ‘NEC3 Compared and Contrasted’.