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RIBA – Advanced Conservation Course Webinar Series – Spring 2024

13 May - 13:00 - 3 June - 16:30

£452 – £565

The RIBA Advanced Conservation Course is an important step in developing your specialism in conservation.

The RIBA Conservation Accreditation Scheme is based on progressing through three levels from Conservation Registrant, implying awareness of the subject, to the formal accreditation levels of Conservation Architect and finally Specialist Conservation Architect demonstrating expertise.

The purpose of this 4-module series is to support this progression by focusing on the conservation process and elements and materials not covered in the introductory 6 module Conservation Series. The modules are based once again on the internationally recognised ICOMOS Guidelines for Education and Training.

Attending the series will help you develop critical awareness and knowledge of architectural conservation procedures in order to apply theory in practice, as well as detailed analysis of structure, construction and services during the Technical Design stage

The course’s emphasis is conservation in practice, presenting fresh and diverse projects and case studies that showcase the work of small and emerging practices and larger well-established practices to demonstrate the full range of core skills needed by conservation architects including the growing importance of the conservation of C20th buildings.

Who is the course for?

The RIBA Advanced Conservation Series takes place over 4 modules and is relevant to practising architects with a varying prior knowledge and experience in the field of conservation, including those who have completed the 6-module RIBA Conservation Series or other conservation courses, those who are accredited as CA or SCA or are at an equivalent level, who may simply want some thought-provoking CPD.

The course is aimed at architects and other built environment professionals who:

  • wish to progress their knowledge in conservation architecture
  • want to further their practical knowledge and skills in conservation
  • wish to refresh their knowledge or formalise learning from experience in the field
  • need to build up a portfolio of evidence to support applications to RIBA and other conservation accreditation schemes



Module 1 – Conservation in Practice: 13 May, 1 to 4:30pm

  • Introduction: Janie Price of Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects
  • Conservation in Practice case studies: Robert Greer of PAYE
  • Lime application and specification of NHL: Tony Barker of Telling Lime
  • Lime in practice: Q&A “Hands up” discussion

Module 2 – Conservation in practice: 20 May, 1 to 4:30pm  

  • Dealing with damp and timber decay in Historic Buildings: Peter Bannister of Hutton and Rostron
  • Structural Conservation: Steve Wood of David Narro Associates will present a conservation engineering approach to concrete repair with case studies, and provide an overview of the emergency engineering work following the devastating fires at the Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art.

Module 3 –  Construction & Services: 28 May, 1 to 4:30pm

  • Conservation in Practice case studies continued The Grand, Leigh on Sea: Robert Greer of PAYE
  • Intangible Heritage and its relationship to historic buildings: Johnathan Djabarouti
  • Building services case studies – Bletchley Park and Trent Park: Janie Price and Kennedy O’Callaghan
  • Q&A “Hands up” discussion: sharing your experiences on issues arising from today’s lectures

Module 4 – Construction & Services: 3 June, 1 to 4:30pm

  • A conservation approach to sustainability: Anna Joynt of Allies and Morrison
  • Conservation in Practice Conservation case studies: Anna Joynt
  • Q&A “Hands up” discussion with Janie and Anna on any issues concerning accreditation, being a conservation architect and working on historic buildings

Guest speakers will deliver the lectures followed by an opportunity to discuss the topics interactively. Lectures, speakers and order may vary if unforeseen circumstances arise.

There will be additional activities and a quiz to support delegate learning and interaction.


Janie Price, Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects
Janie has led the RIBA conservation course since 2018 and she will chair the Q&A discussions. She has a diploma in building conservation from the AA and is accredited as SCA and AABC. She has been an assessor for the RIBA and CARE conservation registers and a member of the RIBA Conservation Group. As partner at Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects, she is experienced in a wide variety of conservation work at all stages, from medieval farmhouses, museums and palaces, design guidance in conservation areas, to conservation in Antarctica. Kennedy O’Callaghan will join her to present a case study of introducing modern services into Bletchley Park and Trent Park museums, taking a holistic approach and using cad modelling to design appropriate interventions.

Robert Greer, PAYE
PAYE’s projects include stone, brick, terracotta, concrete and mosaic cleaning and repairs. Their projects include Battersea Power Station, Smithfield Market, Temple of Mithras, Hadlow Tower, The Royal Academy and many more besides. Robert presents a wide range of projects for both the RIBA conservation training courses and discusses his approach to assessing scope, cost and risk.

Steve Wood, David Narro Associates
Steve Wood MEng, CEng, MIStructE, Conservation Accredited Engineer, is Technical Director of Conservation at David Narro Associates, based in Edinburgh. He joined David Narro Associates in 2007. In 2005, Steve was a SPAB Lethaby Scholar. Steve’s experience ranges from the conservation of ancient monuments and structures to adaptation and re-use of buildings of all forms, from complex structural appraisals such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, through the sensitive repair of traditional clay-mortared farmsteads on Orkney, to the careful conservative repair of modern brutalist classics. Steve has also worked on buildings that have required significant intervention, for example The Great Eastern Hotel, London and St. Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh. Steve is a Trustee of The Unicorn Preservation Society, Scotland’s only preserved warship and the largest, most original old wooden ship still afloat in the world today. He is also a Trustee of the Panopticon Trust, whose purpose is to secure the future of the Category A-listed Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow, one of the oldest Music Halls in the UK and the only extant in Scotland.

Tony Barker, Telling Lime
Tony is technical representative for the supply of lime and associated products. He will discuss the properties and uses of lime and will present case studies of repairs and alterations to historic buildings.

Peter Bannister, Hutton and Rostron
Peter is Associate Director (Northern) of H+R Environmental Investigations Ltd. Hutton and Rostron specialize in building pathology and assessing the causes of and remedies for damp in buildings, an independent consultancy in the field of environmental control of biodeterioration in buildings, historic masonry conservation and non-destructive building investigation techniques. They have been responsible for investigations and recommendations at Windsor Castle, The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Hampton Court Palace, The Mansion House, The Royal Courts of Justice and many National Trust properties, Scottish castles, churches and houses. H+R prepared the consultants’ draft for a BS Guide on the care of historic buildings, which forms part of an on-line data system they developed under the CEC Impact programme. Peter is a trainer for individuals undertaking building surveys for dampness and timber decay for the National Examinations for Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT). Peter will discuss the theory and practice of dealing with damp in buildings and present case studies of working with historic buildings.

Anna Joynt
Anna is an Associate Director at Allies and Morrison and an accredited conservation architect (SCA and AABC). Her work includes quinquennial inspections, conservation plans, design and detailed repair works, advising on heritage issues in masterplan projects. Her projects include the refurbishment and alteration of listed buildings including Oriel College, Oxford, Darwin College, Cambridge, St Peter’s College, Oxford and Holland House, London. Anna leads the in-house conservation team at Allies & Morrison and sits on the RIBA conservation group. She is Vice Chairman of the Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship and former President of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA)

Johnathan Djabarouti        
Johnathan is an architect, conservation professional and Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture within the Continuity in Architecture atelier. His PhD research focused on the relationship between intangible heritage and historic buildings and includes research on the intangible significance at Bletchley Park. Part of this research focus includes understanding the role of participation in conservation and how this relates to the architectural reuse process. His research aims to offer ‘greater opportunities for intangible heritage to be consolidated within the built heritage paradigm, by encouraging professionals to see themselves as narrators of intangible heritage as well as custodians of physical heritage’. In the hands-up conversation of the course, Johnathan is hoping that delegates will be willing to share their views, perspectives, and experiences relating to intangible significance and the role of participation in building conservation.

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