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RIBA Conservation Course London April

​Do you have a passion for conservation architecture? Do you want to develop specialist knowledge, skills and connections in the field? Are you interested in taking a route onto the RIBA Conservation register?

RIBA Conservation Course

The RIBA Conservation Course is an important step on the ladder towards a specialism in conservation. It will provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding to support your decision making process on projects and enable you to apply for recognition of your skills within the RIBA and other Conservation Accreditation Schemes.

The course is aimed at architects and other construction professionals who:

  • wish to develop their specialism in conservation architecture
  • want to develop practical knowledge and skills in conservation
  • wish to refresh their knowledge or formalise learning from experience in the field
  • need to provide evidence to support their application onto the RIBA Conservation Register and other accreditation schemes

Course content and structure

This four day course addresses the philosophical and practical requirements associated with the responsibility of working on a historic building. Attending the course will help you develop critical awareness and knowledge of conservation work and be of direct practical application. It is structured as a four day intensive course comprising three workshop based days and a practical application day.

  • Day 1 Philosophy and ethics
  • Day 2 Practical conservation
  • Day 3 Operational conservation
  • Day 4 Site visits and the RIBA accreditation application process

Course leader

Janie Price, Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects
Janie has a diploma in conservation from the AA and is accredited as SCA and AABC. Her work includes conservation architect for Bletchley Park and the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

She is experienced in a wide variety of conservation work at all work stages, from medieval farmhouses to palaces and design guidance in conservation areas. She was co-speaker on the RIBA Conservation Course in 2017 and is an assessor for the conservation register for the RIBA and CARE.

Days 1 to 3 will be delivered by Janie, with a co-speaker and guest speakers where indicated. Speakers may vary from course to course to suit availability and location, however, the course content will remain consistent.

Course speakers

  • David McDonald, Historic Environment Training Ltd, co-speaker for day 1
  • Marion Barter, Marion Barter Associates Ltd, co-speaker for day 2
  • Andrew Shepherd, Andrew Shepherd, co-speaker for day 3 in some locations
  • Keith Knight, Dean Knight Partnership Ltd, co-speaker for day 3 in some locations

Other guest lecturers

  • Hugh Feilden, Feilden and Mawson
  • Aylin Orbaşli, Oxford Brookes University
  • Stuart Tappin, Stand Consulting Engineers

Course fee

  • RIBA/CIAT members £545 + VAT
  • Non-RIBA members £775 + VAT

The four-day interactive course includes practical site visit, refreshments, lunch, learning materials and RIBA Conservation Course attendance certificate.

Core curriculum

1. Building, conservation and heritage
2. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance
3. Procurement and contracts
4. Architecture for social purpose

How to book

Numbers are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first book and pay basis. Book your place on this course by clicking 'Buy Tickets'. For alternative booking methods, contact the relevant regional office.

Please see the full list of RIBA Conservation and RIBA Advanced Conservation courses in 2018.

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