Lecture 3: Vernacular Building Materials
Every vernacular building is unique. Whilst usually reflective of a pattern, as a result of centuries old practises developed by people having to make a living and a home from the land, each are different in terms of their material and detailed form.
This talk on vernacular material looks at vernacular houses and farm buildings, mostly in County Donegal, and considers the local and regional factors that have shaped these structures, and how an analysis and better understanding of these can be applied to inform their repair.
A discussion of the approach to ways of looking has practical application to bringing these buildings back into daily use.
About the speaker:
After studying at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and practising architecture in London, Duncan moved to Dublin in 1993 working for a number of practises including as Associate Director with Henry J Lyons & Partners. Duncan’s interest is historic buildings, and he has been accredited as a conservation architect for over 15 years. Duncan established Dedalus Architecture, a grade 1 accredited conservation practice, in Inishowen, County Donegal in 2001. The practice has been involved with conservation and repair of buildings dating from the medieval period onwards, throughout Ireland.
Work by the practice also includes heritage research and heritage-led urban regeneration projects, including guidelines for: Ballyshannon, Letterkenny, Ramelton and the Fountain & Bogside areas of Derry city. In response to conservation planning, Dedalus Architecture has also delivered several of these projects funded under the Heritage Council Historic Towns Initiative in Letterkenny, Ramelton, Ballyshannon and Sligo city centre.
Duncan is conservation adviser to the Heritage Council & Irish Landmark Trust and has undertaken heritage projects for community groups, commercial & statutory bodies including: Allied Irish Banks PLC, Donegal County Council, Galway City Council, Sligo County Council, NI Office of First Minister & Deputy First Minister and the National Trust.
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