Advanced Conservation Course

This spring 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.

The programme is aimed at architects and related professionals working in the fields of conservation, refurbishment and restoration who have previously completed the RSUA Conservation Course or equivalent. The introductory RSUA Conservation Course will be run again in autumn 2019.

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.

The achievement of an RSUA Certificate in Architectural Conservation is an essential preparatory step for architects wishing to undertake an 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.  The indicative topics are:


Day 1Issues arising from change of use 
14th MarchRestoration projects 
 The most sustainable building is… 
Module 2DEFECTS 
Day 2Dry and wet rot 
21st MarchThatch and vernacular buildings 
 Disabled access 
 Fire safety in historic buildingsEssay
Day 3Lime and pointing 
28th MarchWindow repair & Blacksmith work 
 Historic buildings legislation 
Day 4
4th April
Site visit 
Day 5Maintenance and Asset Management 
18th April Case History 
 Assessing significance 
 Intervention and pastiche 
 Presentation of certificates 

Key details

Course duration:              5 days

When:                             From 14th March to 18th April 2019 (Thursdays)

Where:                            Clifton House, 2 North Queen Street, Belfast, BT15 1ES


Cost:                                RSUA Practice Services Scheme Members £400 + VAT

                                        RSUA Members £480 +VAT

                                        Non-member £533 +VAT

How to book:                     Contact Julia Leaker ( to book.