• Feb 01 - Feb 15
  • 9.30am - 4.30pm

RIAI Conservation Induction Module 2021 - BOOKED OUT

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Monday 01 February 2021 - Monday 15 February 2021
9.30am - 4.30pm
This Event is now Booked Out
73 Structured Points |  62 Unstructured Points

Event Information



The RIAI are pleased to announce that the biennial RIAI Conservation Induction Module 2021 Grade 3 will be delivered via live Zoom Webinar to a cohort of up to 90 participants over the following five full days in February 2021:

Day 1:  Monday 1 February 
Day 2: Tuesday 2 February
Day 3: Monday 8 February
Day 4: Tuesday 9 February
Day 5: Monday 15 February

Registered Architect Members of the RIAI who successfully complete the RIAI Conservation Induction Module Examination 2021 will be awarded 'RIAI Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3'. 

Course Objective

The RIAI Conservation Induction Module (CIM) is designed to provide the entry level skills outlined in the Standard of Knowledge Skill and Competence for RIAI Conservation Accreditation for eligibility for ‘RIAI Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3’. The RIAI CIM covers general information on the philosophy, principles and responsibilities of architectural conservation and the identification of key areas in which advice should be sought.

The aim of the course is to provide participants with an introduction to the principles and practice of architectural conservation. Participants should finish the course with enough awareness of the concepts and of the tools available to form the basis for a responsible approach to work on protected structures and on our architectural heritage in general.

CPD Point Breakdown

Phase 1 Home Study         32 Unstructured
Phase 2 Online Lectures   33 Structured
Phase 3 Assessment         40 Structured
Associated Study               30 Unstructured

Event Cost

RIAI Practices €775 
RIAI Member   €875

Prices shown include individual accreditation fee, assessment exercise, course notes. The individual accreditation fee is refundable where a candidate is unsuccessful in the CIM examination.

Course Format 

The RIAI Conservation Induction Module 2021 will be structured in three phases as follows:

Phase 1: Pre-Reading
A softcopy Conservation Document Pre-Reading Pack will be distributed in early January 2021 to all those who register for the course. Participants will be expected to read and familiarise themselves with the contents of the documents in the pack before the lecture series begins.

Phase 2: Lecture Series
The lecture series will take place on five full days (09:30 – 16:30 approximately) over three weeks in February 2021 on the dates set out above. A series of live Zoom lectures will be grouped into common themes, with a short Q&A session following each lecture. The delivery of the course will be chaired by a Registered Architect Member of the RIAI who is an experienced Chair.

Phase 3: Examination
The criteria for accreditation as an ‘RIAI Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3’ are described in the Standard of Knowledge Skill and Competence for RIAI Conservation Accreditation.

The RIAI CIM Examination 2021 will be based on the RIAI CIM 2021 Lecture Materials, Document Pack and Reading List and in line with the criteria for accreditation as an ‘RIAI Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3’ as set out in the Standard of Knowledge Skill and Competence for RIAI Conservation Accreditation.

The examination will consist of one exercise involving both short factual and longer scenario-based questions. The exercise, which will be ‘open-book’ format, will be issued to candidates for completion within the time frame set out below but at a location (home, office, etc.) of their choosing. 

Further information is on the Examination is available in the following documents:

The Examination Paper will be issued in softcopy to candidates on Friday 26 February 2021 and must be completed and returned to the RIAI in softcopy no later than Friday 26 March 2021.


1. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are familiar with the relevant sections of the RIAI Examination Rulebook and the RIAI Conservation Accreditation System Regulations 2019 prior to registration for this course and examination.

2. Candidates are required to attend a minimum of four of the five course dates listed above in order to be eligible to undertake the examination in 2021. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the timetable for RIAI Conservation Induction Module 2021 course and examination as described above and to ensure that they will be available to undertake attend the course on the dates advertised and complete the examination within the time period displayed above.

  • If, post-registration for the RIAI CIM, a candidate is unavailable to attend the course on the dates advertised, it is incumbent on the candidate to notify the RIAI in writing and to cancel their registration, or postpone their attendance to the next available delivery of the course as appropriate, in line with the RIAI Examination Rulebook

           Note: The next delivery of the RIAI CIM will take place in January 2023. 

  • If, post-attendance at the RIAI CIM 2021, a candidate is unable to complete the examination during the assigned period, it is incumbent on them to notify the RIAI in writing and to postpone their registration for the examination to the next sitting, in 2023, in line with the RIAI Examination Rulebook

           Note: Scheduling of annual leave/personal holidays is not considered extenuating circumstances for an appeal against a candidate’s result in the examination.

3. Only Registered Architects who are Members of the RIAI are eligible to attend this course.

Bookings via Purchase Order

Local Authority bookings must be accompanied by a Purchase Order number, without this the booking cannot be processed. Email: tharte@riai.ie

Terms and Conditions

Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. RIAI will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.

RIAI Conservation Induction Module 2021 - Lecture Series Programme

Download PDF of the Lecture Series Programme

Day 1:  Monday, 1 February 2021 | 09:30 – 16:15

Theme Theme 1: What is Conservation?
09:30 09:40 Opening address RIAI President
09:40 10:00 Lecture 1.1 Introduction to the CIM Examination 2021 Sandra Campbell, MRIAI
10:00 10:45 Lecture 1.2 Definitions, background and development Prof. Loughlin Kealy
10:45 11:30 Lecture 1.3 International Charters, principles and challenges Prof. Loughlin Kealy
11:30 11:45 Comfort Break
11:45 12:30 Lecture 1.4 Looking at the building – the architect and conservation John Redmill
12:30 13:15 Lecture 1.5 Interiors John Redmill
13:15 14:00 Lunch (45 minutes)
14:00 14:30 Lecture 1.6 Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines and advice Jacqui Donnelly, FRIAI
14:30 15:15 Lecture 1.7 Applying The RIAI Guidelines for the Conservation of Buildings Ann Cuffe Fitzgerald, FRIAI
15:15 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 16:15 Lecture 1.8 CASE STUDIES Margaret Quinlan, FRIAI
16:15 Close

Day 2: Tuesday, 2 February 2021 | 09:30 – 16:15

Theme Examining and Reading Historic Buildings
09:30 10:15 Lecture 2.1 Historic Research Rachel Moss
10:15 11:00 Lecture 2.2 Understanding the Historic Environment – Vernacular Architecture & Settings Pat Ruane
11:00 11:15 Comfort Break
11:15 11:55 Lecture 2.3 Understanding the Historic Environment – Urban Context Richard McLoughlin, MRIAI
11:55 12:15 Lecture 2.4 Introduction to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) Jane Wales, Senior Architectural Advisor, DCHG
12:40 13:00 Lecture 2.5 Understanding & Identifying early Urban Dwellings Merlo Kelly, MRIAI
13:00 13:45 Lunch (45 minutes)
Theme Research & Understanding Significance
13:45 14:30 Lecture 3.1 Seeing & Recording - the Importance of the Survey James Howley, FRIAI
14:30 15:15 Lecture 3.2 Introduction to the Architectural Archive Colum O’Riordan
15:15 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 16:15 Lecture 3.3 CASE STUDY Designed Landscape: Conservation/Recreation, Pleasure Grounds & Gardens Killarney House, Kenmare Demesne Liz Morgan
16:15 Close

Day 3: Monday, 8 February 2021 | 09:30 – 16:30

Theme Local Authorities / Permissions
09:30 10:15 Lecture 4.1 Planning Consultations / Applications Anne Fletcher, FRIAI
10:15 11:00 Lecture 4.2 Section 5 and Section 57 Applications Anne Fletcher, FRIAI
11:00 11:15 Comfort Break
Theme Regulatory Requirements
11:15 11:45 Lecture 5.1 The Building Regulations, the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations & their effect on Historic Buildings John Wickham
11:45 12:30 Lecture 5.2 Structure & Part A - Solutions for Historic Buildings Lisa Edden
12:30 13:15 Lecture 5.3 Fire & Part B - Solutions for Historic Buildings Richard Calder
13:15 14:00 Lunch (45 minutes)
14:00 14:45 Lecture 5.4 Part L & Energy Efficiency for Traditionally Built Buildings Emer Hearne
14:45 15:30 Lecture 5.5 Access & Part M - Solutions for Historic Buildings Maol Iosa Molloy, MRIAI
15:30 15:45 Comfort Break
15:45 16:30 Lecture 5.6 Management of H&S in the Conservation of Historic Buildings Brendan Mac Conville, FRIAI
16:30 Close

Day 4: Tuesday, 9 February 2021 | 09:30 – 16:15

Theme Implementation and Techniques
09:30 10:15 Lecture 6.1 Specification & Tendering Deirdre Keeley, MRIAI
10:15 11:00 Lecture 6.2 Building Services - Solutions for Historic Buildings Edith Blennerhassett
11:00 11:15 Comfort Break
11:15 12:00 Lecture 6.3 Joinery Sven Habermann
12:00 12:45 Lecture 6.4 Windows Nessa Roche
12:45 13:00 Lecture 6.5 Heritage Contractors’ Register John Deaton, FRIAI
12:45 13:45 Lunch (60 minutes)
13:45 14:30 Lecture 6.6 Lime Ivor McElveen, BLFI
14:30 15:15 View recordings of Lime demonstration/s
15:15 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 16:15 CASE STUDY Stradbally Market House, Co Laois: Conservation of a decorative ironwork structure Richard Mc Loughlin, MRIAI
16:15 Close

Day 5: Monday, 15 February 2021  | 09:30 – 16:15

Theme Theme 7: Conservation in Practice
09:30 10:15 Lecture 7.1 CASE STUDY 14 Henrietta Street: Georgian townhouse to tenement dwelling Grainne Shaffrey, FRIAI
10:15 11:00 Lecture 7.2 CASE STUDY 18 Ormond Quay Graham Hickey
11:00 11:15 Comfort Break
11:15 12:00 Lecture 7.3 CASE STUDY The Irish Yeast Company Kevin Blackwood
12:00 12:45 Lecture 7.4 Grant Schemes and Traditional Buildings Anna Meenan
12:45 13:30 Lunch (45 minutes)
13:30 14:15 Lecture 7.5 Working with the Conservation Officer Rachel McKenna, MRIAI
14:15 15:00 Lecture 7.6 Agreement between the Client and the Architect for the Provision of Architectural Services incorporating Conservation and Restoration Works Ann Cuffe Fitzgerald, FRIAI
15:00 15:15 Comfort Break
15:15 15:45 Lecture 7.7 The RIAI Conservation Accreditation System and working with a Conservation Architect Michael O’Boyle, FRIAI
16:45 16:15 Group Discussion / Q&A
16:15 Close