Register of Architects
Accredited in Building Conservation

AABC Conference Agenda

We are pleased to let you know the agenda for our conference at Coventry Cathedral on 17 October.



Thursday 17 October 2019, Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral Nave, 1 Hill Top Coventry, CV1 5AB

‘20th Century Buildings and 21st Century Techniques’



Arrival, registration and coffee from 9.30am

10.00 - AGM 

10.30 - Coventry Cathedral, City of Culture Projects – Kelley Christ, A&RME Architects

11.00 - 20th Century Buildings - Elain Harwood, Historic England

11.30 - Concrete Repair – Stuart Tappin, Stand Consulting Engineers

12.00 - 21st Century Survey Techniques - Chris Jackson, Christians Measured Solutions

12.30 - Practical Applications of Digital Technologies for Heritage Asset Management - Sofia Antonopoulou, Historic Environment Scotland

13.00 - LUNCH

13.45 - Cake and Fizz to celebrate 20 years of the AABC

14.00 - Coventry Cathedral Conservation Management Plan - Jon Wright, Purcells

14.30- TOURS

Tour 1 - St Michaels Cathedral – led by Jon Wright


Tour 2 - St Michaels Cathedral – tour guide to be confirmed
Tour 3 – St Mary’s Priory and Cathedral – led by Chris Patrick


Tour 4 – St Mary’s Priory and Cathedral – led by George Demidowicz

15.30 - TOURS

1)/2) & 3)/4) Swap over

16.30 - Close


The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the AABC Register will begin the day’s proceedings. The AGM is open to all, not just members. Please feel free to attend.



Kelley Christ

Kelley Christ is founding director of A&RME Architects, and Cathedral Architect appointed to Coventry, St Albans and Southwark Cathedrals. Her particular passion is the conservation and revitalisation of modern listed buildings.  She will be speaking about Coventry Cathedral’s major new development proposal which will be delivered as part of Coventry’s City of Culture Celebrations in 2021.  It is the first major intervention within the Cathedral Precinct since its consecration in 1962.

Elain Harwood

Elain Harwood is a senior investigator with Historic England specialising in twentieth-century architecture, particularly that which was built in the aftermath of the Second World War.  She is the author of Space, Hope and Brutalism, published in 2015, and is currently writing on new towns, as well as editing the Twentieth Century Society's journal.  Elain will be talking about the importance of twentieth-century buildings and why the best should be listed.

Stuart Tappin

Stuart Tappin is a structural engineer with over 30 years of experience in the conservation of buildings of all ages and types. He is a member of the 20th Century Society Casework Committee and the UK representative for the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20).  Stuart’s talk will look at the many different forms of reinforced concrete from its origins in the 19th century and use recent projects to raise some of the special issues for the conservation of historic concrete.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson is a survey, inspection & monitoring specialist who uses the latest technology to forge new deliverables that enhance and change how buildings and structures are managed.  Chris will introduce new technology, hardware & software and talk about how building owners can use these to bring down costs whilst also drastically increasing the level of detail they have at their fingertips.

Sofia Antonopoulou

Sofia leads the development of the Properties in Care Asset Management System (PICAMS) for Historic Environment Scotland (HES). She has previously worked on 3D documentation of historic sites and objects for the Rae Project as a member of the HES Digital Documentation team. She has a background in Architecture and Architectural Conservation and a strong focus on the application of digital technologies in the heritage sector, particularly Building Information Modelling (BIM). Sofia will share her recent experience with Agile delivery as Product Owner in a digital transformation project.

Jon Wright

Jon Wright is a C20 Heritage Consultant with Purcell Architects, specialising in the architectural history of and conservation practices for, buildings of the twentieth century. A former case officer for the Twentieth Century Society and now a member of the Working Party for the UK chapter of DOCOMOMO, Jon has worked on some of the country's best-known modern buildings. Prior to working on the CMP for Coventry Cathedral, he completed one for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Jon chairs the Purcell C20 Group, set up within the practice to develop technical expertise for dealing with the issues presented by C20 listed buildings.

Chris Patrick

Chris Patrick is currently Principal Conservation officer at Birmingham City Council and Coventry Cathedral’s Archaeologist. Previously he was Coventry City Council’s Conservation and Archaeology Officer from 2004 to 2018. Chris will be giving a tour of the Hill Top conservation area and looking particularly at  ‘old’ St Michael’s, the former parish church that later became the city’s cathedral and also at the remains of St Mary’s, Coventry’s first cathedral which was demolished after the dissolution and re-discovered in archaeological excavations in 2000.

George Demidowicz

Head of the Conservation and Archaeology team, Coventry City Council till 2011. In 2013 completed a Conservation Plan for Coventry Old Cathedral. This was followed in 2015 with the publication of a book, St Michael’s Coventry, The Rise and Fall of the Old Cathedral. He is a member of Coventry Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee.