New Design for Old Buildings in Wales

New Design for Old Buildings in Wales

smaller projects - domestic and commercial

28/04/2021 - 28/04/2021
Course Type: 


Introductory, Intermediate, General Interest, CPD
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom

£45 pp
£18 pp students

Event details

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

New Design for Old Buildings in Wales, Online Seminar: smaller projects - domestic and commercial

28 April 2021, 13:00 - 17:30 (BST)
Live Online Afternoon Seminar
£45 pp or
£18 pp students

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, with particular reference to Wales. 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. The course includes an introduction to the legal framework for making changes to historic and listed buildings in Wales, but the principles explored are widely applicable.  
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. 


13:00  Welcome & Introduction

13:05  New Design Principles & the SPAB Approach 
Roger Hunt, architectural writer & co-author of New Design for Old Buildings (RIBA/SPAB)

14:00  Break

14:15  The decision-making framework: historic buildings in Wales 
Steve Smith - Placemaking & Heritage Lead, City & County of Swansea

15:00 Break

15:15  Perspective #1 
Elinor Gray-Williams, architect 

16:00  Break

16:15  Perspective #2 
Niall Maxwell, architect - Rural Office for Architecture (ROA)

17:30  Finish


About the speakers:

Roger Hunt
Roger 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 building related 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

Elinor Gray-Williams 
A RIBA conservation-accredited architect, Elinor joined Donald Insall Associates in 2007 and led its Conwy office until 2019 when she established her own practice. She led on DIA’s award-winning Copper Kingdom visitor centre (RIBA Welsh Building of the Year 2014) and has been a judge for the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) awards, chairing the jury in 2019. Elinor is also a Trustee and Board member of the Design Commission for Wales.

Niall Maxwell 
Niall is the principal of Rural Office for Architecture (ROA), an award-winning RIBA chartered architectural practice based in Wales. The practice has won many accolades since its establishment in 2008, including RIBA House of the Year in 2017 for the carbon neutral Caring Wood in Kent.  Niall is also a visiting tutor at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, and an Arts Council of Wales External Assessor.  

Image credit: ROA


IT requirements: Please note that this is an online seminar and will be held via a webinar platform (Zoom). 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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