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RIAI Conservation Series -‘Style and Substance Architecture in Victorian Ireland’ by Freddie O’Dwyer


Tuesday, May 01, 2018


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


RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


RIAI Practice:€55 RIAI Member: €65

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.

Please see below an outline on the subject:

'In Irish Victorian Architecture, one finds an apparent dichotomy between the revival of historic styles and the advances in construction and materials which had come with industrialization, such as the development of float and plate glass, the widespread use of structural ironwork, the introduction of machine-made bricks and revival of terracotta, and the production of 'steam joinery', cement and concrete.

The Victorian practitioner had a rather different approach to construction than his Georgian predecessors, and whereas much eighteenth-century housing, in particular, was only intended to last two or three generations, their nineteenth-century counterparts were more robustly and substantively constructed. 

However these buildings pose their own challenges for conservation architects, due in part to the widespread use of decoration but also to the tendency of our Victorian forebears to experiment with new materials, including Portland cement, previously untried combinations of stonework, and metal structural systems.  

Conservation practice itself changed as the nineteenth century progressed and there was much debate on the subject both within and outside the profession as to what interventions were or were not desirable.'

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.



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