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RIAI Conservation Series: Dublin Bourgeois Homes by Susan Galavan


Tuesday, September 05, 2017


12:30 - 14:00 (Registration from 12:00)


RIAI , 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.


RIAI Members: €65 RIAI Practices: €55

Event Information

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The RIAI present a CPD series focused on conservation issues including work on protected structures or historic buildings of outstanding significance, architectural history and heritage.

Susan Galavan will present a talk based on over 10 years of research on Dublin’s Victorian houses. Drawing on her work as a conservation architect, this research is the subject of her new book "Dublin’s Bourgeois Homes: building the Victorian suburbs 1850-1901, recently published by Routledge in London. She analyses a range of homes in some if the city’s most exclusive districts: Ballsbridge, Rathgar and Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire), exploring their architectural characteristics: from external form to plan type, and detailing of materials. Focusing on the work of three entrepreneurial developers, she follows in their footsteps as they speculated in house building: signing leases, acquiring plots and sourcing bricks and mortar. How was the typical Victorian house constructed and where did speculators source the large quantities of timber, stone and brick used to bring these facades to life? Using measured surveys, photographs, and contemporary drawings and maps, she shows how house design evolved over time, as bay windows pushed through façades and new lines of coloured brick were introduced. Taking the reader behind the façades into the interiors, she shows how domestic space reflected the lifestyle and aspirations of the Victorian middle classes.

Susan Galavan is an architect and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture, University of Leuven, Belgium. She holds a first class Masters degree from University College Dublin and a PhD in architectural history from Trinity College Dublin. Her doctorate was a multidisciplinary examination of Dublin’s Victorian domestic architecture, funded by a three-year scholarship from the Irish Research Council.

Course Aim:
The aim of this CPD series is to support the maintenance of a high level of professional competence among practitioners whose work involves protected structures and other significant elements of the architectural heritage. The seminars will focus on both the philosophy of conservation and the management of materials on conservation projects.

Each session will focus on a case-study of a particular conservation project with presentations by one or more speakers with direct involvement in that project. Where possible the presentations will include a review of the approach to a particular technical challenge to enable practitioners to build up knowledge of a particular aspect of conservation practice. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

The series is particularly aimed at RIAI Grade 1 and Grade 2 Conservation Architects and Architects accredited in Conservation at Grade 3. Members who do not have particular conservation expertise are welcome to attend the seminars but should bear in mind that the presentations will be pitched at a level suitable for those with expertise in this area.

Event Format:
Capacity 70 participants in a lecture theatre style.

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