Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Evaluation

Aberdeen Heritage Lectures

Several Dates

Aberdeen City Heritage Trust is pleased to present its inaugural series of Heritage
Lectures in association with the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the
Built Environment.
Repair and redevelopment of traditionally constructed buildings can present
challenging issues. Understanding their architectural significance, complexity and
technology is essential for developing well-considered projects.
Aberdeen Heritage Lectures provide an excellent opportunity to consolidate and
develop a greater understanding of traditionally constructed buildings and repair
techniques for those who have the on-going challenge of funding, commissioning,
assessing, designing and managing historic buildings and places. They will be of
interest to building professionals, professional agents, property owners, planners
and anyone with an interest in historic buildings.

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Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis

18 – 20 March 2019

This course is aimed at researchers using radiocarbon and other techniques, including Quaternary geologists, palaeobiologists, archaeologists and marine geoscientists. The first two days of the course will cover key aspects of radiocarbon dating including sample selection, laboratory processes and Bayesian analyses of radiocarbon dates. The third day of the course will expand on this to look at the construction of Bayesian chronologies more generally, including those that rely primarily on other dating techniques.  In this third day there will be a focus on using chronologies for environmental records.

Course Director: Professor Christopher Ramsey, Author of OxCal, with members of the NERC Radiocarbon Facility based at both Oxford and East Kilbride.

Further details and bookings here

Planning for Low Carbon Heat

12 March 2019

Planning for Low Carbon Heat

Tuesday 12 March, Edinburgh

The way we heat our buildings is going to change dramatically in the coming years. The new Planning (Scotland) Bill, Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and district heating regulations will have a significant impact on how planning approaches energy and place, with the potential to improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions and create new, local economic opportunities.

Zero Waste Scotland is hosting a free workshop in Edinburgh on Tuesday 12 March 2019 to help planners understand more about the changing policy landscape and how these changes might be addressed in practice. The session is free to attend for all planning professionals, whether in the public or private sector.

At the workshop, you will have the chance to hear about:

  • Developments towards the Planning (Scotland) Bill, the further rollout of LHEES and the introduction of district heating regulations
  • Feasibilities and the energy statement
  • Insights and experiences of planning for low carbon heat from case study speakers

The session is designed to help planning professionals network and share your experiences in an open and informal environment. Speakers will include SEPA, Arup, Zero Waste Scotland and more.

You can secure your place by clicking the green Register button towards the top right of this page.

Further workshops are planned for home builders and housing associations. If you would like to know more about these sessions, please contact Drew Murphy on

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Conference Stained Glass Dealing with Environmental Deterioration

27 March 2019

Environmental deterioration is arguably the most serious risk facing stained glass
windows. Historic England is hosting a one-day conference to look at its causes and its treatment. This will present the results of our research project looking at the design and efficacy of “environmental protective glazing” (ventilated secondary glazing), and will launch the consultation on our forthcoming Guidance Note (Stained Glass: Dealing with Environmental Deterioration).

Speakers including Tobit Curteis, Leonie Seliger, Steve Clare, Andrew Arrol,
Chris Wood, Giles Proctor, and Robyn Pender will be discussing all aspects of the
protection of stained glass endangered by environmental deterioration: practical
conservation and research, case studies, and planning issues.

An unmissable event for everyone interested in ecclesiastical buildings; for all
building conservation advisors, funders, architects and surveyors; and for all owners
and custodians of fragile stained glass or other decorative glazing.

Download the flyer with info on bookings  here


27 February 2019

Reyner Banham has described the pioneering work created in Brazil in the 1940s and 50s as forming the first ‘national’ style in modern architecture. While Europe and the USA were involved in World War II and its aftermath, the buildings of Oscar Niemeyer, Lúcio Costa and many others, took the ideas and forms of Le Corbusier (in particular) into new and exciting directions.
In the 1970s and 80s a further generation including Vilanova Artigas and Lina Bo Bardi represented a new toughness: this work, perhaps lesser known, is of equal interest and value in understanding the particularly Brazilian achievements in modern architecture.
Andrew Higgott will outline this story, with a particular emphasis on the contrasting approaches of Niemeyer and Bo Bardi.
Andrew is an architectural writer and teacher who has lectured widely, and has had teaching positions at the Architectural Association and the University of East London.
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