Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – All

Managing Contemporary and Historic Design and Development – Oxford

13 September 2017

The City of Oxford is known world-wide for its historic built environment, shaped largely by the architecture of its university and 44 colleges.  With a long tradition of patrons supporting remarkable buildings, this trend continues today and provides fascinating exemplars for how to manage historic environments and embrace challenging new architecture.

This two-part walking tour and seminar is an opportunity to visit developments built over the last 10 years in their urban context, and discuss ways of balancing historic and contemporary design.

It will be useful to local authority officers and councillors with planning and design portfolios, conservation officers, developers, architects, urban designers and planners in private practice, town and parish councillors, and civic society members.  The benefits of attending this seminar are:

  • A first-hand appreciation of contemporary development within an historic setting
  • An understanding of how planning guidance and decision-making frameworks are established and used
  • The opportunity to discuss guidance and its interpretation with key figures in the city
  • An awareness of the main issues for guiding and promoting good contemporary design
  • An appreciation of key conservation and urban design principles
  • Greater confidence in decision-making on design in historic places or conservation area setting.

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The Long Sunset: the Country House c 1840–1940

21 October 2017

This is the final conference in our series on the country house, which we started in 2009. Many changes to country house life took place in the century from 1840, and our conference will explore some of these with expert speakers on such topics as the long weekend, the gardens and the plant collectors who contributed to them, the introduction of the Arts and Crafts style country home, innovative technology and the role that Americans played in sustaining and developing the English country house.

For more details on the programme and bookings click here

International Conference Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage

1-3 September 2017
The Palace Museum Beijing /University of Stirling/ Historic Environment Scotland

Cultural heritage faces an array of challenges, many of which are replicated across the world. Whilst local circumstances vary, there are opportunities to share experiences and collaborate in finding solutions. As part of the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017, Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage celebrates the newly formed partnership between the University of Stirling, The Palace Museum in Beijing and Historic Environment Scotland. The conference seeks to explore and share approaches to specific challenges in relation to a range of shared issues and to highlight Scotland’s place, and in particular Stirling, as an international centre for research and innovation in heritage and conservation.

Further information and bookings here

Traditional Buildings. Fit for Energy Efficiency?

11 August 2017
Ardersier, Inverness

The event will focus on the challenges and some potential solutions when retrofitting energy efficient improvements into traditional buildings. There will also be exhibitors present, demonstrating some of the materials and service solutions available to practitioners. The event will be hosted by Historic Environment Scotland. The venue is the parade square of the South Barrack Block within Fort George, whilst all presenter and exhibitor areas are under cover please dress appropriately for whatever weather a scottish summer day might offer!

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Natural stone for cultural heritage: local resources with a global impact

19-22 September 2017
Prague, Czech Republic

The Studio for the Restoration of Sculptural Works of Art (Academy of Fine Arts in Prague) in co-operation with the Mineral Resources Research Group (Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy & Mineral Resources, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague) cordially invite you to take part in the international conference Natural stone for cultural heritage: local resources with a global impact to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 19-22 September.

Anyone who would like to submit a paper to the conference regarding natural stone research, should contact

Prof. Richard Přikryl, Ph.D.
Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources
Charles University in Prague
Faculty of Science
Albertov 6
128 43 Prague 2
Czech Republic
Phone: +420-221951500