2014 IHBC Annual School

The Art of Conservation

Edinburgh, Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th June


  • Emilia McDonald

    Emilia McDonald is the Heritage Team Leader at Aylesbury Vale District Council and leads on heritage consultancy in the Built Environment Services Team, delivering specialist advice to other public bodies. She is Chair of IHBC South Branch and advises affiliate members of the IHBC and recent conservation graduates on future career paths and progression within the Institute

  • Mike Brown

    Mike Brown is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over twenty years' experience of the repair, refurbishment and successful change management of historic buildings and places, both as a practitioner and conservation officer. He is now a consultant heritage and urban design advisor.

  • Professor Jukka Jokilehto

    Professor Jukka Jokilehto is Special Advisor to the Director General of ICCROM and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. His distinguished career at ICCROM, on the World Heritage Committee and the ICOMOS International Training Committee has engaged him in international missions on cultural heritage in many parts of the world.


    Jukka Jokilehto graduated in architecture and urban planning from the Polytechnic University of Helsinki in 1966 and studied at ICCROM and the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, obtaining his DPhil from the University of York in 1986.


    From 1972, he was Coordinator of courses in architectural conservation at ICCROM (International Centre for the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Property, created by UNESCO) and responsible for Architectural and Urban Conservation, from which he retired as Assistant Director General in 1998.


    From 1998 onwards he has been involved in the development of conservation master plans (e.g. Baku, Azerbaijan) and management plans (e.g. Bam, Iran; Mtskheta, Georgia), and as an advisor on nomination to World Heritage List (China, Japan, India, Iran, Italy, Ireland, Norway, etc.). He has been a member of numerous advisory missions on behalf of UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS.


  • Deborah Mays

    Dr Deborah Mays is a Heritage Consultant, latterly Assistant Secretary at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and CEO of the Scottish Building Contract Committee, following a term as Director of Policy and Outreach at Historic Scotland.  During her 25 years in the Scottish Government she worked on statutory designation, regulation, grants and policy.  She has researched, written and lectured extensively on Scottish architecture and policy, editing three architectural volumes including The Architecture of Scottish Cities and Visions of Scotland’s Past.   She is a Full Member of the IHBC, an Honorary Fellow of the RIAS, a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Scotland.


  • Neil Gillespie

    Neil Gillespie OBE RSA (Elect), BArch (Hons) DipArch, was educated at Edinburgh College of Art (1972-78) and joined Reiach and Hall in 1978, becoming Chairman in 1999. Neil is the director responsible for design


    standards for all projects within the office. Many of the buildings he has designed and directed have won awards, including the Beatson Cancer Research Facility, Civic Trust Award 2009 and GIA Supreme Medal winner, and the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, awarded RIBA National Award and European Union Award for Cultural Heritage. Neil is currently a Geddes Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordon University. He is a recognised external examiner and presently participates in the exam boards at the Mackintosh School, Glasgow College of Art and the Arts University College, Bournemouth. Previous teaching positions include, Design Tutor, Edinburgh College of Art, Department of Architecture (1988/2009), Workshop Leader at the Edinburgh Workshop (1991) and a Tutor at the International Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Design, ILAUD, Italy. He has twice been voted Architect of the Year’ at the Scottish Design Awards (2004/2008). In 2009 he was elected to the RSA and has most recently been awarded an OBE for Services to Architecture in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2011.


  • Angus Farquhar

    Angus Farquhar has been Creative Director of NVA organisation, since its inception in 1992.  Based in Glasgow, it one of the UK’s most successful independent arts charities. This followed 10 years performing as a founding member of the radical 80’s music group Test Dept.


    NVA specializes in creating complex permanent and temporary artworks and initiatives often in unusual settings. NVA’s vision is to make powerful public art articulating the complex qualities of a location through collective action. Our practice engages participants physically and creatively in redefining urban and rural landscapes. We take the existing landscape as a starting point for uncovering underlying realities, revealing how places shape and are shaped by their inhabitants.


    Recent commissions include Ghost Peloton, for the Tour de France Grand Depart, a highlight of the Yorkshire Festival. This extends the world tour of Speed of Light, which started life as a signature contribution to the Cultural Programme for the 2012 Olympics. A co-commission with the Edinburgh International Festival, NVA transformed Arthur's Seat through an innovative combination of sporting endeavour and performative visual art, specially designed portable lightsuits and walking sticks were technologies were activated by thousands of choreographed hill runners and walkers, animating the hillside with trails of patterned light. In the last two years it has toured to Japan, England and an ultra version across the Ruhr region in Germany.

  • Stuart Eydmann

    Stuart Eydmann has worked in heritage conservation in the private and public sectors since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1975. He lectures at the Centre for Conservation Studies at Edinburgh College of art and is currently Traditional Artist in Residence at Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. In 1995 he gained a PhD for his work on Scottish music and he is active as a performer of traditional music and as a letter carver in stone. Recent written work has included a commissioned study of musical traditions for the government of Northern Ireland, the jointly authored book Painting the Town: Scottish Urban History in Art, a biography of the Gaelic singer and actress Dolina MacLennan and published national guidance on buildings at risk for The Architectural Heritage Fund and Historic Scotland.


    Stuart is a founder member of IHBC and is currently Convener of the Scotland. He is a retired member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

  • Mike Galloway

    Formerly the head of planning in Manchester and Glasgow city centres, and latterly Director of the Crown Street Regeneration Project in the Gorbals, Mike has led the regeneration and development of the City of Dundee for the last twelve years.  The main projects he has championed in this time include the Overgate Shopping Centre, Ardler Village and Dundee Waterfront.

  • David McDonald

    David McDonald is the IHBC’s Education Secretary and is also Chair of the IHBC London Branch. Until recently he led the Conservation and Design Team at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. A graduate of geography and geology before qualifying as a Town Planner and then completing the AA Diploma in Building Conservation whilst working at the London Borough of Camden. He is currently an independent historic environment consultant, specialising in providing heritage training for other built environment professionals. See Linked in entry at LINK

  • Máiréad Nic Craith

    Máiréad Nic Craith joined the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot Watt university as Professor of European Culture and Heritage in September 2012. She previously held a Chair in the School of Social Sciences and Applied Social Studies at the University of Ulster. Máiréad has held an honorary professorship at the University of Exeter as well as a DAAD guest professorship at the University of Göttingen. She has held other academic positions at the Universities of Liverpool, Dublin and Cork. She has received many accolades for her publications, including the Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife (joint winner), which was awarded at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. Two years later she was awarded a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster. In 2009 she was elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland. Máiréad has served on numerous research evaluation panels in Europe and in Canada. She has recently been appointed assessor to the Australian Research Council.



  • John Campbell

     John Campbell is a lawyer with a lifelong interest in buildings and restoration. His main practice is in Planning, Property and Energy Law, and he is a Member of the Scottish and English Bars. His (restored) home is near Edinburgh. He is the Chairman of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, now based at Riddle’s Court in the Lawnmarket, a Member of the RCSEd’s Heritage Society, and a Trustee of his local Community Development Trust.



  • William Napier

    William Napier is a Chartered Building Surveyor, RICS Accredited in Conservation, who previously served a traditional plastering apprenticeship with L. Grandison & Son in Peebles, before completing a Building Surveying degree and undertaking a two year building conservation internship with Historic Scotland.


    William then worked at the Scottish Lime Centre for three years as a Buildings Advisor and tutor before joining the National Trust for Scotland in 2001 as a Building Surveyor. He is currently one of the Trust’s their Lead Surveyors, part of a team with responsibility for the maintenance and repair of a wide range of properties throughout south and central Scotland. In 2012 William completed his PhD, ‘Kinship and Politics in the Art of Decoration', a study of Scottish Renaissance decorative plasterwork and interiors.

  • Andy Millar

    Andy Millar

    MA Hons, DipTP, IHBC, MRTPI


    My current post from 2005 as Built and Natural Heritage Manager at Scottish Borders Council involves leading a multi disciplinary team responsible for access, countryside management, trees, landscape, conservation, archaeology, ecology and urban design from strategy to implementation through the planning process, partnerships and contracts.  From an IHBC perspective, my role is ably supported by a conservation architect, archaeologist and a THI/CARS Project officer and there is a strong focus on tackling key Buildings at Risk, Conservation area regeneration schemes, public realm works, community archaeology as well as HER and consent work.


    Prior to that from 1989-2005, I headed a similar but smaller Council environmental planning team.   Over this period, I also project managed the Alloa Tower Building Preservation Trust / Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust and pulled together packages for a dozen historic buildings and their settings and led the Old Alloa Townscape Heritage Initiative.  At Clydesdale I was able to learn from the experiences of New Lanark, whereby at Kirkcaldy, there was a firm grounding in development control.   Prior to that, I was employed as a cartographic editor with Collins Publishers in Glasgow from 1977-79.


    For most of my 30 years in planning mainly working for “rural” authorities in Scotland ( or those with only Small Towns), I have sought to make things happen through positive intervention across a number of environmental fields, hopefully to a quality threshold that would stand the test of time.


  • Ruth Smith

    Ruth Smith is an experienced managerial level architect and specialist in design and the built heritage with a career spanning 34 years in design, conservation and planning in local authority. Currently part time planning officer ( Urban Design and Conservation ) in the Planning and Environment Unit in Development Services, Falkirk Council. Formerly team leader of the Heritage and Design team in Planning Services within Development and Regeneration Services in Glasgow City Council.


    Specialties: Breadth of knowledge and experience in the sustainable, creative conservation and re – use of historic buildings. Advice and guidance on planning policy related to Urban Design.

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