I am a UK-based academic/doctoral researcher and a member of the Institute of Historic Building Consultants (IHBC), as well as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). I am based at the School of Built Environment (SBE) within Heriot Watt University. Prior to my current post, I worked as qualified stonemasonry consultant/contractor for nearly 30 years in the diagnosis and application of appropriate masonry repairs to the built heritage, involved in numerous prestigious projects such as Edinburgh’s Scott Monument and Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
MY LATEST RESEARCH
Ottawa, Canada, from the Aug 28 to Sept 1, 2017
Scotland’s built heritage (pre-1919 building stock) is exhibiting varying levels of disrepair, in particular for stonemasonry works, despite the government’s on-going efforts for promoting higher standards of Repair and Maintenance (R&M) of historic buildings.
Two case studies (Projects A and B) exhibiting critical disrepair are reported. Site surveying was carried-out on both projects, to identify site features and R&M problems along with proposed solutions drawing on the lead author’s extensive industry experience as a stonemasonry consultant.