The IHBC’s latest Guidance Note, on Design sources for historic building conservation, has been issues and added to the institute’s open-access, online practitioner’s Toolbox’.
The IHBC writes:
The majority of IHBC members are routinely required to assess the appropriateness of the design of proposals, which is why ‘Design’ sits at the centre of the eight IHBC competences. So this new Guidance Note on Design sources for historic building conservation is a critical addition to our Toolbox resource.
In addition to providing a comprehensive reading list on the subject, the Guidance Note gives advice on the IHBC’s requirements in relation to design and how design competence can be gained. The relationship between urban design and design skills for conservation is clarified and a warning note is sounded with regard to stylistic considerations.
Roy Lewis IHBC Policy Secretary and author and lead on the Guidance Note and its compilation said: ‘In recent years, with the closure of a number of taught conservation courses, the opportunities for potential members to obtain formal training to meet the IHBC’s requirements for design competence have reduced. Furthermore, some conservation courses provide only a rudimentary level of design content.’
… formulated as a starting point for developing design skills for conservation of the historic built environment…
The ‘Design Sources’ Guidance Note has been formulated as a starting point for developing design skills for conservation of the historic built environment. Draft versions of the document have been subject to wide consultation across the IHBC’s committees and branches and the initiative has received widespread support.’
‘It is hoped that this Guidance Note will prove useful to both prospective IHBC members who wish to develop design competence and existing members wishing to enhance their design skills.’
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said:’ The IHBC’s open-access, online practitioner’s Toolbox is an essential starting point for anyone seeking accessible guidance on those ‘hard-to answer’ questions.’’
‘Of course it has to target needs and priorities, so if you have suggestions on content for us to consider, just let us know using the feedback links on the Toolbox pages’.
See the IHBC’s new Guidance Note on Design sources for historic building conservation