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Grades 1 & 2 Services

RIAI Conservation Architect/Practice Grades 1 & 2: Services

“Conservation works should only be carried out by persons competent in these specialist activities.” (International Council on Monuments and Sites. Guidelines for Education and Training).

A Conservation Architect/Practice Grade 1 or 2 is qualified to provide, in relation to buildings appropriate to their Grade, the full range of services as described in the RIAI Client/Architect Agreement and, in addition -

To advise on:

  • the philosophy and principles of conservation;
  • UNESCO, ICOMOS and other Charters, Regulations and Guidelines;
  • the legal background to conservation;
  • the purchase of protected structures;
  • statutory obligations regarding declarations, notifications and consents;
  • the need for historic research and analysis;
  • the need for specialist studies and advice;
  • special techniques of repair, restoration and consolidation;
  • appropriate new uses for historic buildings;
  • the integration of modern technology and services into historic buildings;
  • contracts suitable for conservation work;
  • the conservation aspects of temporary works, demolition and shoring;
  • grants and funding for conservation works;

And to:

  • Study the history and technology of historic buildings/sites, interpret the results and plan for their conservation;
  • Find and absorb the available sources of information relevant to the historic building or site being studied;
  • Carry out searches of records and archives;
  • Analyse the behaviour of monuments, ensembles and sites;
  • Record, using all appropriate traditional and modern methods (including use of specialist technology, photogrammetry, rectified photography etc.), the condition of Historic Buildings;
  • Provide measured drawings of Historic Buildings;
  • Provide Historic Buildings Reports;
  • Provide Inventories of Historic Buildings;
  • Provide non-destructive investigation to analyse and evaluate Historic Buildings;
  • Provide structural and material condition reports determining causes of building deterioration;
  • Diagnose intrinsic and extrinsic causes of decay as a basis for appropriate intervention;
  • Design appropriate alterations and extensions;
  • Liaise with fire officers, consultants and building owners in the formation of fire prevention and security strategies;
  • Work with inhabitants, administrators and planners to resolve conflicts and to develop conservation strategies appropriate to local needs, abilities and resources;
  • Provide expert advice on maintenance strategies, management policies and the policy framework for environmental protection and preservation of monuments and their contents, and sites;
  • Provide documents describing works executed and make them accessible;