Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Professional


11 March 2019

Minnette de Silva was one of the world’s most famous architects. She was Sri Lanka’s first modernist architect and the first Asian woman to become an Associate of the RIBA. Yet her buildings are rarely celebrated, while scholarship and awareness of her work remains scarce.

​Educated at the Architectural Association in London, De Silva worked with Le Corbusier among others. Her buildings often feature open courtyards and verandas and are distinctly modernist in their approach. She celebrates traditional craftsmanship in her work and creates harmony with the landscape.

​De Silva’s buildings range from private houses to larger scale housing developments. Her participatory approach – consulting extensively with future homeowners – was revolutionary for its time. She also experimented widely and fused European modernism with Sri Lankan regional styles. Significantly, she paved the way for other prominent Sri Lankan modernist architects, including Geoffrey Bawa.

In this discussion, we will invite an architect, Anupama Kundoo, and historian, Senaka Weeraman, to reflect on Minnette de Silva’s work and evaluate her role in Sri Lankan modernist architecture. They will also consider the wider implications of excluding certain architects from the dominant narratives around modernism and how to counteract this exclusion.

Further info on location and booking 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.
Book here

ICON 2019 Conference

ICON 2019 Conference: New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice

12- 15 June 2019

#Icon19 provides the platform we need to engage with the latest developments in conservation of cultural heritage – to exchange knowledge, network with colleagues new and old, to support each other in our professional development and promote professional standards of conservation across the UK!

The Conference theme will explore the latest research, practical applications and innovative thinking across the sector.

Owing to popular demand, #Icon19 also features a greater variety of ancillary events than ever before!

Every registration includes a free ticket to the Opening Reception at Ulster Museum for a wine and a canape reception the evening of Wednesday, 12th June, and of course full access to two full days of seven parallel conference sessions at Belfast Waterfront.

In addition – join us for our all of the exciting events happening during our visit!

  • Full programme of tours of Belfast and the surrounding area during the day on Wednesday 12th JuneWatch this space!
  • Conference tour options will include:
  • A special reception for international delegates on Tuesday 11th June, aboard the historic SS Nomadic at Titanic Belfast – open to one and all! If you’re coming from afar, look out for your special discount code to register! If you’re coming from closer to home, please come along to mix and mingle and help us welcome our international colleagues!
  • Icon’s Formal Triennial Conference Dinner at Belfast City Hall on Thursday 13th JuneBooking now! Be seen – and feel free to bring your friends and family!
  • Tours of Belfast for friends and family on Friday 14th June, while you’re in the second day of sessions. Watch this space – booking opens soon!
  • Unwind in style at our Steam Jazz Night on Friday 14th June – feel free to bring your friends and family! Booking now
  • Regional excursion on Saturday 15th JuneWatch this space- booking opens soon!

There’s not a moment to lose! Register now and get in on all the action.

West Midlands Branch – AGM, Branch Meeting and CPD tour. Theme: Stonework repairs and the use of lime mortars

6 March 2019

Stonework repairs and the use of lime mortars: a look behind the scenes at the Worcester Cathedral stone yard.

Programme 10.30 am – 4pm

10.30 – Arrive at The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester for refreshments
11.00 – 12.15 – AGM followed by Branch meeting
12.15 – 12.30 – Introduction to afternoon visit to Worcester Cathedral Stone yard.
12.30 – 1.45 – Lunch.  Please find your own in the town.
1.45 – MEET BACK OUTSIDE GUILD HALL – Walk to Cathedral Stone yard or alternatively straight there for 2 pm, if you know where it is!
2.00 – 4.00 – Worcester Cathedral Stone yard for talk and visit on stonework repairs and lime mortars (Darren Steele).
4.00 pm FINISH

What are the CPD benefits?  Which IHBC Areas of Competence will be developed?

IHBC Area of Competences (AOCs) to be addressed:

Professional:  1. Conservation Philosophy;
Evaluation :3. History ; 4 Analysis
Intervention:  8 Technology  Stonework repairs and the use of lime mortars

Cost: Free, but buy your own lunch

Book your free ticket here

Protecting our Heritage Assets: Community involvement in recording and regenerating local heritage

19 March 2019
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA

Tickets £35-155 from

As local authorities’ resources are further constrained, many are looking to local communities and experts for support in preparing heritage-related materials.  Ranging from undertaking conservation area appraisals, surveying for Heritage at Risk registers, drawing up evidence to support local lists of assets, communities are stepping into these roles with considerable success. This seminar is an opportunity to hear more about how this can be done and how to manage expectations.

This seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and councillors, civic and amenity societies, and consultants with an interest in planning, urban design, community action, and heritage management.


9.30am Tea and coffee on arrival
9.45 Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
10am Networked Heritage, Oluwaseun Soyemi, Heritage Lottery Fund
10.30am Undertaking a Conservation Area Appraisal, Susy Shearer, local historian/ community engagement specialist, Windsor Neighbourhood Plan Forum
11am Q&A followed by tea and coffee
11.30am Telling your place’s story for the community and visitors, Rafi Ilivitzky, TrailTale
12pm How local authorities can use volunteers, Richard Tuffrey, former Design and Conservation Principal, High Peak Borough & Staffordshire Moorlands Council
12.30 Q&A
1pm Lunch
1.45pm Toolkits to support greater involvement, Louise Thomas, HTVF
2.15pm Introduction to workshop: Getting help on a community-led heritage project, Benjamin Parker, Heritage Trust Network
3.30pm Tea and coffee
3.45pm Peckham Coal Line – What community-led visions can do, Colin Sterling, Peckham Coal Line Steering Group
4.15pm Discussion
5pm Close

Kindly sponsored by Trailtale

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