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An Introduction to Architectural History

This seminar will provide you with a practical session exploring the historical context and architecture of buildings in order to provide a higher level of advice and expertise to clients.

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Tue 25 Sep 2018
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
RICS NI, 9-11 Corporation Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 3AJ
1 hour formal CPD

Free with CPD Foundation subscription

Available to non subscribers from
£35 + VAT


Knowledge of architectural history enables you to not only date buildings, but also to understand the construction materials and methods used, and how important social changes stimulated an evolution in building design. 

Architectural styles and materials vary across the country while alterations and adaptations to buildings can complicate their initial appearance, so an understanding of architectural history enables you to better understand the potential risks of more complex building defects.

Attend this session to discover:

  • Clues to correctly dating a building
  • Different construction methods and materials through time
  • How and why social changes influenced building design
  • Building defects from different eras and putting those defects into significance
  • Deceptive buildings: understanding alterations in the context of the building’s history

 The time shown is when registration opens. The seminar will begin 30 minutes later.


  • CPD Foundation Subscribers Free
  • RICS professionals £35 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professionals £47.25 + VAT
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  • Mastercard


Marcus Patton

Director, Hearth Housing Association

Marcus trained as an architect at Queen's University before working in planning and conservation in Scotland for a number of years. Since 1978 he has been Director of Hearth, which is a housing association and building preservation trust specialising in the restoration of buildings at risk across Northern Ireland. He has been on the committee of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society during most of that time, and has written several of its publications. Until recently he was on the Historic Buildings Council for Northern Ireland, and he is currently on the Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Available to non subscribers from
£35 + VAT