Professionally, I started out in civil engineering – surveying for road and pipeline construction. Thoroughly disillusioned, I took a relatively early hiatus, and over a number of years travelled widely throughout Russia, China and SE Asia, regularly visiting the most extraordinary buildings, returning periodically to generate funds through building work in UK and France.
In 1991 I found myself on the roof of one of the temples at the Angkor Wat Complex in Cambodia (long story). Below me a couple of French surveyors were recording the structure, as the area had recently been made relatively safe and international funding made available for conservation. This was my ‘light bulb’ moment and I subsequently completed a BSc and MSc in Building Conservation Technology and Architectural Materials Science.
I later worked with Brian Ridout at Ridout Associates as a building conservation scientist and surveyor for nearly 7 years. During this time I was lucky enough to work with various high profile buildings, both secular and ecclesiastical and became chartered via the ‘Building surveying research’ pathway at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Whenever I can find the time, I love: to cycle (cotton shirt and shorts, not lycra and lid), watch art house cinema (favorite film Synecdoche New York (RIP Philip)), to read (favorite book is 100 Years of Solitude) – to watch Rugby, Simpsons and South Park on TV and hope soon to rekindle a passion for historic motorcycles (last bike was a BSA, would love a Laverda).
- If a historic building has survived 100 years, it is almost certainly well built.
- With the exception of dereliction/catastrophe, our constantly evolving and demanding expectations constitute the inescapable and principal agent of historic building deterioration. This is inevitable but can be managed.
- A high level of ‘unnecessary’ damage, over and above that mentioned above, has been caused by some elements of the modern remedial industry (see blog The Remedial Industry, Placebos and the Science of Persuasion).
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