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Welcome - What is the AABC?

Welcome to the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC).  The AABC is a not-for-profit accreditation body that maintains a register of Architects skilled and experienced in the repair, maintenance and adaptation of historic buildings. 

The AABC exists for the benefit of both clients and historic buildings.  Through rigorous assessment by peers and client-focused lay assessors, only architects with appropriate expertise in conservation and adaptation are admitted to our register, thereby protecting the historic built environment.

We believe in making the safeguarding of our architectural legacy accessible to all, so we offer free access to view our register. Our self-financed model guarantees sustainability, with applicant fees directly supporting administrative expenses like website maintenance and assessments.

Join us in our mission to promote the highest standards of specialist skills in the conservation of the historic built environment. 

Illustration of a stained glass window
Architect working on intricate ceiling design

Working with a Conservation Architect

Working with a conservation architect on the AABC register is an effective way to look after your historic buildings and ensure that the professional experience has been peer-reviewed to protect our historic buildings from inappropriate intervention.

Group of architects in high viz vests standing underneath a fresco in Manchester Town hall

Become a member

Membership of the conservation register is open to all architects registered with the ARB who can illustrate their competency in working with historic buildings.

Blackburn Cathedral Interior

Search the register

Looking for a conservation architect? Searching the register is simple. You can search to find out if your architect is on the AABC register or you can look for a local architect near you.

Latest news

The AABC register is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the use of experienced conservation architects to protect historic buildings.

We have a range of activities throughout the year. Other news includes newly successful applicants and where you can find conservation related CPD. Click below to find out more.

Latest news

Nothing but praise

“We have engaged our AABC architect to supervise major restoration works and have nothing but praise for the help and advice given.”


“After one particular and unfortunate experience with our Grade 1 listed building we would now not consider appointing any architect not on the AABC Register.”


“Impressed by exemplary conservation practice and familiarity with current technological advances in this field.”

Strong research

“Based on strong research and documentary investigation and sensitive reinterpretation of new work to meet statutory requirements.”