Ben Downie, the director of Inkpen Downie Chartered Architects, has received his renewal certification as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) in recognition of his expertise in working with historic buildings.
Listed on the AABC register since 2006 and renewing his certification every five years, Ben was assessed on his individual knowledge and experience in conservation work by a team of experienced conservation architects and knowledgeable lay people in order to receive his renewal.
The assessment requires the architect in question to submit details of five examples of their work completed within the last five years, illustrating their professional expertise and demonstrating their experience of building conservation and adaptation.
Ben, who is responsible for the business and cultural development of the practice, as well as involvement in a variety of projects, renewed his certification in order to remain on the register, to demonstrate his insights, understanding and application of the building conservation principles.
The register was set up to assist clients in finding architects with specific historic buildings experience. Both Historic England and Historic Scotland have imposed conditions on grant aided work, making it a requirement that works of repair and conservation are expedited under the direction of a registered architect accredited in building conservation.