CAN is absolutely delighted to be able to report that their newest Trustee and WYG Senior Architect, Cara Buchan is a joint-winner of the Young Consultant of the Year Award and she received her accolade from HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, at the prestigious British Expertise International Awards 2018 ceremony on Thursday 12th April. His Royal Highness is President of British Expertise International (BEI).  

The BEI Award recognises the work of the best and brightest on the international stage and provides a platform for leading organisations in the professional services sector to showcase the most outstanding of their overseas projects.

As a Project Architect, Cara specialises in hazardous and challenging international environments, including post-disaster recovery and resilience. For the past eighteen months Cara has been fundamental to WYG's support for CAN's reconstruction in the rural Himalaya following the 2015 earthquakes. 

Cara has been overseeing the design of multiple projects, utilising UK and international seismic experience to provide technical scrutiny and quality assurance to CAN thus ensuring donor funding is spent appropriately and ethically. Throughout this work Cara has advocated for local vernacular architecture and building methods, sensitively incorporating architectural and engineering details to improve safety and resilience of her projects. 


BEI Award Ceremony 2018: From left to right - Paul Labbett, Cara Buchan and Glyn Utting 

BEI Award Ceremony 2018: From left to right - Paul Labbett, Cara Buchan and Glyn Utting