The STBA / SPAB Annual Conference: Sustaining Buildings 2022 

The STBA-SPAB Annual Conference: Sustaining Buildings 2022

In partnership with SPAB Scotland        

12/10/2022 - 12/10/2022


Intermediate, CPD
Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary Street,
EH1 1LT, Edinburgh
United Kingdom

£75 per person - STBA or SPAB members
£85 per person - non-members
Concessions available

Event details

The STBA / SPAB Annual Conference: Sustaining Buildings 2022 
In partnership with SPAB Scotland                           

12 October 2022
09:00 - 17:00
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
£75 per person - STBA or SPAB members
£85 per person - non-members
Bursaries and 
Concessions - please contact us with your circumstances.

The popular STBA / SPAB annual conference returns in-person this autumn for a full day of presentations and Q&A sessions by UK experts in the field. With retrofit and the green agenda firmly in the eye of the public, SPAB Scotland and STBA bring you a selection of speakers who will dive deeper into these topics and provide expert analysis of WUFI, embodied carbon analysis, training opportunities, and much more. The conference will be held at historic Dovecot Studios, in Edinburgh's Old Town, which is an exemplary conversion of a disused public baths now housing tapestry studios, conference facilities, exhibition space, shop and café.     


We are finalising the programme, so please check back here for further updates.

Speakers confirmed so far:

Scott Abercrombie - Architect and Associate Director, John Gilbert Architects
Scott leads the conservation projects, BIM implementation and the development of the Tenement Toolbox initiative at John Gilbert Architects. Scott is a director of the Alexander Thomson Society and chairs the Glasgow Institute of Architects Conservation Committee.

John Butler - Sustainable Building Consultant
John is a certified Passivhaus consultant and AECB Carbonlite Retrofit graduate. John has hands-on experience of retrofit and new-build, combined with technical and theoretical knowledge of materials, thermal comfort, building physics, and environmental impact of construction.

Kirsty Cassels - Designer and Builder, Creative Cassels
Kirsty places importance on natural and sustainable building materials and encourages traditional building skills and crafts while exploring new products and techniques of building. Kirsty has served as Vice Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design Association.

Roger Curtis - Technical Research Manager, Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
Roger is a chartered building surveyor experienced in the repair and conservation of a wide range of traditional and historic structures. At HES, Roger advises the public and professionals on defects, repairs and alterations to traditional and historic buildings, and has worked with Scottish Government on wider issues affecting the built environment including training, materials supply chain and sustainability. 

Sara Edmonds - Director, Studio seARCH, and founding member of ACAN (Architects' Climate Action Network)
Sara has been an active member of the Existing Buildings group and co-founded ACAN’s Households Declare campaign presented at COP 26. She channels her energy to drive systemic change in the built environment through collaboration and bottom-up strategies. Sara recently co-founded the Home Energy Action Lab (HEAL), a test bed for community-based domestic retrofit services in Hackney. She co-hosts the Zero Ambitions podcast.

Nigel Griffiths - Director, STBA
Nigel is a sustainability and energy efficiency expert in the built environment with over 25 years’ experience as a practitioner, project manager, author and consultant. As Director of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance, he works at the cutting edge of sustainability for heritage buildings.

Paul Higginson - Associate Architect, ARC
Paul is an advanced conservation accredited associate architect working on a variety of eco-focussed projects for  award-winning practice ARC - Architecture Research Conservation - based in Cupar, Fife.

Douglas Kent - Technical and Research Director, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
Douglas has held surveying roles in the private and public sectors, including the military. He publishes and lectures regularly on building conservation and has contributed to various radio and television programmes.

Barbara Lantschner - Associate Director and Building Performance Specialist, John Gilbert Architects
Barbara is developing a series of building performance programmes (Hab-Lab service) and deep retrofit projects focusing in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental performance, indoor air quality and usability, to assist with strategies of energy efficiency for existing buildings and new builds around the UK.

Ailsa McFarlane - Director, Buit Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS)
Ailsa became BEFS Director in 2021, having previously joined BEFS as Policy and Strategy Manager. She has been responsible for complex work areas within BEFS such as responding to the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, Prioritisation work – informing the Sustainable Investment Toolkit on behalf of the OPiT Built Heritage Investment Group, and aiding understanding of sector responses to crisis through CHERF.

Lisa Ann Pasquale - Building Performance Consultant
Lisa is a building performance evaluator, and technical specialist in low-energy design and quality management in construction. She has an academic background in building physics and architecture, and has conducted a range of performance evaluations of new and refurbished buildings.

Athina Petsou - UCL / Historic England
Athina is a chemical and materials engineer specialised in historic buildings restoration. Experienced in multidiscipline cooperation with strong interests in sustainability in historic buildings, thermal comfort and energy efficiency.


Please contact us if there are any adaptations we can make that would make the conference more accessible for you. We would be happy to have an informal chat about the event and possible access issues before you book.


Booking Terms & Conditions


The STBA (Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance) is an alliance of the UK's leading organisations associated with the conservation and improvement of traditional buildings. The STBA aims to develop policy, guidance and training to minimise risks and maximise benefits to traditional buildings and their owners.


The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by Wlliam Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. The SPAB remains true to its founding principles and is now the oldest and most technically expert building conservation charity in the UK, fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. The SPAB is a membership organisation and offers training, events and expert advice, as well as publishing a quarterly Magazine, technical pamphlets and advice notes.


SPAB Scotland was set up in 1995, by SPAB members living and working in Scotland, as a semi-autonomous group. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland.



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