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First female Vice Chairman of CIC receives honorary degree

Posted: 19th November 2014

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) announced today that Francesca Berriman MBE, Chief Executive, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology from Southampton Solent University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Architectural Technology discipline.

Throughout her career, Francesca has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to promote the recognition of Architectural Technology. Students at Southampton Solent University are already reaping the benefits of Francesca’s expertise as she was part of the development of the Quality Assurance Agency’s Subject Benchmark statement in Architectural Technology, which forms the basis for Accredited undergraduate Honours degree programmes in Architectural Technology.

With a pedigree in Architectural Technology that spans more than 20 years, Francesca was one of the first and youngest female Chief Executives within the built environment sector and the first female Vice Chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

Francesca said ‘I am honoured to receive this award and I am delighted that Southampton Solent University is at the forefront of the discipline and ensures its graduates are placed in a strong and competitive position to develop their careers and become leaders within the built environment and beyond representing all that is great in the discipline.’

President of CIAT, Karl Grace said ‘I am immensely proud on behalf of the Institute that this recognition of the discipline of Architectural Technology has been bestowed upon our Chief Executive. Francesca’s insightful leadership and approachable personality have continually driven the Institute forward, ensuring that the future of CIAT and the discipline is grounded within both academia and practice. This accolade is well deserved.’