In Summary - Architect - Conservation
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The Work - Architect - Conservation
A Conservation Architect is a fully qualified Architect with additional Conservation Accreditation from the RIAI.
Works to be carried out on any building that is classified as a ‘Protected Structure’ or in an ‘Architectural Conservation Area’ requires the advice of an architect with skills in conservation.
Protected Structures are designated by the Planning Authority as a buildings of International, National, Regional or Local importance.
A Conservation Architect can advise on he general condition of the building, the nature and extent of the works to be undertaken or the category of the building. Some conservation architects have specialist expertise in particular building types - churches, for example or whether specialist conservation input is needed for a particular aspect of the work, such as the stonework.
The services of Conservation Architects are employed by the Planning Departments of Local Authorites or organisations such as The Heritage Council or the Irish Georgian Society.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
- Prepare scale drawings.
- Plan layout of project.
- Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
- Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
- Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
- Direct activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents.
- Conduct periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
- Seek new work opportunities through marketing, writing proposals, or giving presentations.
- Administer construction contracts.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Architect - Conservation
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Entry Requirements - Architect - Conservation
To become a Conservation Architect you must first get a degree from a recognised school of Architecture followed by two years of approved practical experience and an examination in professional practice. Once you have your degree, you will be eligible to become an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI). RIAI Accreditation is recognised by the Irish Government and EU legislation. After a minimum of two years of approved experience, at least one of which must be in an EU country, you can take your Examination in Professional Practice. You are then eligible to apply for Registered Membership of the RIAI. [See also entry routes for Architect]
There are three Grades of Accreditation for Conservation Architects, Grade I being the highest and Grade III the basic entry level to the System. An RIAI Member or Practice can progress up through the Grades by acquiring additional qualifications, experience and/or staff and applying for Accreditation at the higher Grade. Full details of the RIAI Conservation Accrediation System are available here.
It is the responsibility of any professional to ensure that his or her professional skills are kept up to date. Scientific knowledge, technology and the law, for example, keep changing. So you will be expected to have a continuing involvement in courses and personal study throughout your working life.
Last Updated: August, 2015
Pay & Salary - Architect - Conservation
Labour Market Updates - Architect - Conservation
Although the number of quantity surveyors is too small to report, employers have indicated that they are experiencing difficulty in sourcing these skills. Demand is likely to be limited in volume due to the small size of this occupation.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Architect - Conservation
The Institute of Conservation (ICON)
Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
The Heritage Council
OPW - The Office of Public Works
National Monuments Service