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Frances Maria

Frances Maria


Chartered Architectural Technologist


I am a Chartered Architectural Technologist and run my own practice, FMP Architecture based in Northampton. My specialisms are historic building conservation and fire safety in buildings. I am the author of a book, "A Building History of Delapre Abbey, Northampton" and I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Historic Conservation. I am currently in the process of obtaining full IHBC accreditation, and I also maintain the Buildings at Risk Register for Northamptonshire, on behalf of SAVE Britain's Heritage. Where fire is concerned, I am a member of the CIAT Fire Safety Task Force and sit on the International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition, Standards Setting Committee. I also have membership of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). I have written some reports for the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, concerning the influence the shape and form of the building had upon the spread and behaviour of the fire.

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  • Comment on: Maguire and Murray building at Oxford’s Trinity College to be demolished

    Frances Maria's comment 18 February, 2019 7:05 pm

    What a waste of money and a waste of a perfectly good building. The existing building has some architectural merit and is representative of its era.

  • Comment on: Neo Bankside residents lose case against Tate Modern

    Frances Maria's comment 13 February, 2019 1:14 pm

    Surely this issue should have been addressed at the planning stage?

  • Comment on: Fate of Brutalist car park sealed as Westminster councillors approve demolition

    Frances Maria's comment 6 February, 2019 11:04 am

    I am very disappointed in this decision. This is a great building with an interesting façade and should be saved rather than demolished

  • Comment on: Grenfell Inquiry appoints new architectural expert witness

    Frances Maria's comment 15 November, 2018 3:15 pm

    Paul was chosen because he has experience in forensics and construction litigation, as well as wide ranging architectural experience in general, which he has obtained through a career spanning many years. He is also an former RIBA President. His predecessor, John Priestley also had experience in the forensic aspects of architecture. There is no doubt that Sam Webb also has these attributes, and I am sure that he will be involved in the investigation in other ways, making a valuable contribution.

    Regarding his terms of reference, as mentioned by Jonathan Hall, these are as follows:

    To examine the aspects of the architectural design in relation to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, including:

    - Choice of materials;

    - Development of the design;

    - Compliance with legislation & regulations;

    - Quality of the workmanship;

  • Comment on: Rogers to lay off staff due to Brexit uncertainty

    Frances Maria's comment 12 July, 2018 11:08 pm

    John, as a Chartered Architectural Technologist I find your comment that we have received little in the way of architectural training offensive. We too must undertake several years of training and then be rigorously assessed in order to achieve our status. I suggest you look at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) website to find out what we actually do and how we qualify. It may also help if you look at some of the universities which offer degrees in Architectural Technology so that you can see what the educational part of our training involves. Architectural Technology is the science of architecture and is a professional discipline in its own right. Chartered Architectural Technologists are considered to be equally as competent when it comes to designing buildings as Architects are

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