New Design for Old Buildings Seminar

New Design for Old Buildings, Online Seminar

smaller projects - domestic and commercial

22/10/2020 - 22/10/2020
Course Type: 


Introductory, Intermediate, CPD
St. Botolph Without Bishopsgate
United Kingdom

Full Fee - £45 pp

Students - £18 pp

Event details

Please note: 
This afternoon seminar will run online as three separate, but linked, online sessions with short breaks in between each session.

New Design for Old Buildings OnlineSeminar: smaller projects - domestic and commercial

22 October 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 (rescheduled from 17 June 2020)

Led by Roger Hunt, co-author of the SPAB/RIBA book New Design for Old Buildings (2017), this online afternoon seminar will explore the SPAB Approach to new work in historic contexts. Our aim is to provide an introduction to integrating alterations or additions sensitively and sustainably, whilst protecting historic character and fabric. We will also explore the ‘whole building’ approach to intervention and refurbishment, with reference to SPAB principles and case studies of smaller scale domestic and commercial projects from expert guest speakers.
This is an introductory / intermediate level half-day course, suitable for building owners, students, professionals / CPD and general interest. Certificates of attendance will be available on request.

About the speakers:

Roger Hunt

Roger Hunt is an award-winning writer and blogger with a particular interest in sustainable and vernacular architecture and the materials and techniques used in construction. His book New Design for Old Buildings (co-authored with Iain Boyd, with a foreword by Kevin McCloud) explores how effective contemporary design can give new life to the historic environment. He is also co-author (with Marianne Suhr) of both the bestselling Old House Handbook and Old House Eco Handbook, recently republished in a second edition. He is also the author of Rural Britain: Then and Now, a celebration of the British countryside, and Villages of England and Hidden Depths, an archaeological exploration of Surrey’s past. Roger lectures on buildingrelated issues and is a judge of annual awards for new housing. His latest renovation project is a 1900 house on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA.


Twitter and Instagram: @huntwriter

Elaine Blackett-Ord

Elaine Blackett-Ord is an AABC accredited chartered conservation architect specialising in the repair, adaptation and reuse of historic buildings and structures. She is the past Chair of the architects conservation register, AABC (Architects Accredited in Building Conservation), from 2006 - 2011, and was a member of the RIBA Conservation Architecture Group from 2005 to 2011. She is currently an architect member of the Methodist Church’s Listed Buildings Advisory Committee, and the Durham Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for the care of churches. Based in Appleby in Westmorland, Blackett-Ord Conservation is a medium sized multi-disciplinary practice working mainly on conservation projects across the north of England and further afield.


Paul Archer

Paul Archer graduated from Liverpool University in 1991. He worked for Tom Mellor & Partners in Preston where he designed schools and hospital schemes, and Architecton in Bristol working on listed buildings and housing. In 1993 he moved to Hong Kong and worked for Tonkin Design on many residential, office and restaurant projects, before returning to the UK in 1996 to become a founding director of Tonkin Architects. He has taught at many universities in the UK and Hong Kong and in 1999 set up Paul Archer Design, focussing on high quality residential work.

William Tunnell

Founded by William Tunnell in 2006, WT Architecture are award-winning contemporary Scottish architects, based just outside Edinburgh in South Queensferry. Their work covers projects large and small across Scotland; from landmark visitor centres and community hubs to beautifully detailed houses, extensions and bothies. Everything they work on is created around an ethos of craftsmanship, collaboration and connection to place. William started his career in practice while still a student, building a house in the Hebrides for himself from a ruined croft house, later gaining deeper understanding of traditional and historic buildings through working at Simpson and Brown Architects, and with Richard Murphy, before entering private practice in 2001.


Some of the wonderful feedback from delegates of our previous 'New Design’ afternoon seminar (2019):
“Fantastic mixture of principles and detailed information.”
“Very enjoyable and useful course.”

Image credit: Blackett-Ord Conservation


IT requirements: Please note that this is an online lecture and will be held via a webinar platform. You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio.

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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