RSUA Advanced Conservation Course

21 September – 19 October 2022

RSUA is running a 5-day Advanced Conservation Course which can lead to an RSUA Certificate in Architectural Conservation on successful completion of an assessment. This year the course is being held in Armagh in partnership with Armagh Townscape Heritage.

The programme is aimed at architects and related professionals working in the fields of conservation, refurbishment and restoration who have previously completed the RSUA Introductory Conservation Course or equivalent.

It is understood that Historic Environment Division – Department for Communities (HED) are moving towards a requirement for formal accreditation as a condition of historic building grant aid. The Heritage Lottery Fund require all architects involved in work which they are funding to be conservation accredited. The course programme is based on the ICOMOS Education and Training Guidelines and the format of the training website which has been agreed across a wide range of professional and statutory bodies. Full details of the RIBA Accreditation Scheme can be found on the RIBA website.

This course is not directly connected to the process of becoming a RIBA accredited Conservation Architect however it is a useful addition to your portfolio of evidence if you are working toward that goal. Architects who have completed the Introductory and Advanced RSUA conservation courses can move on to undertake the RSUA Diploma in Architectural Conservation which is a non-class based project.

The course will be co-ordinated by Marcus Patton and the speakers will be a mix of local and national experts and will be hosted at two separate venues:

The Palace Demesne, Armagh, BT60 4EL & The Armagh County Club, 29 Upper English St, Armagh BT61 7HG. Consult the below schedule for details.

To view a preliminary course schedule and to book your place, please see below. If you have any queries please contact Julia on 028 9032 3760 or via

Course Schedule

Module 1 Use and Adaptation
Day 1Issues arising from change of use
21.09.22Restoration projects
 Palace DemesneThe most sustainable building is…
Module 2Defects
Day 2Dry and wet rot
28.09.22Thatch and vernacular buildings
 Armagh County ClubDisabled access
Fire safety in historic buildings
Module 3Specialist Work
Day 3Lime and pointing
05.10.22Window repair and Blacksmith work
Armagh County Club Historic building legislation
Module 4Site Visits
Day 4
Venue TBC
(Subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
Module 5Sustainability
Day 5Maintenance and Asset Management
19.10.22Case History
Armagh Country ClubAssessing significance
Intervention and pastiche
Presentation of Certificates
Note: The sequence of lectures and topics may vary according to availability of speakers.