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WEEK TWO: Ruins to Riches: Revive, Repurpose, Reimagine Our Traditional Buildings.

8th March 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 12th March 2021 @ 2:30 pm


Ruins to Riches offers the opportunity for owners, professionals and the general public to learn more about traditional buildings through a series of free online workshops given by specialist speakers.

The aim of the seminars is to inspire owners and interested groups to look at potential new uses for rural vernacular buildings, get practical guidance on repair and maintenance, hear from funders and discover ways to bring new life to forgotten buildings.

The event will be delivered as a partnership between Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Department for Communities Historic Environment Division and Ulster Architectural Heritage.

All talks are FREE, however you must register to attend to allow us to send you the link to access the talk – book tickets at the bottom of the page. Please note, booking will close at 10am on the morning of each event, after which the link to attend will be circulated.

UAH uses Zoom as its digital conferencing tool (  Following registration a code will be emailed to participants to allow access to the lecture.  Please telephone the UAH office on 028 90550213 or email [email protected] should you have any technical queries regarding joining the event.


Week Two Programme:

Ruins to Riches, 8th – 12th March


You can also download the full programme with more about each speaker here.

Monday 8th March, 1pm-2pm

Roisin Donnelly: Architectural Approaches to Maintenance & Reuse

Roisin is an Associate Conservation Architect within the award-winning practice Consarc Design Group, with particular experience in the restoration and re-use of historic buildings and new design proposals for significant or sensitive locations. Join us for a hugely informative online session with Roisin, who will discuss the maintenance and reuse of traditional buildings from an architectural perspective.


Roisin achieved RIBA Special Conservation Architect status in 2011 and is a former SPAB Scholar. She is a current member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment, having a specific focus on heritage regeneration and place-making.

Roisin has a detailed knowledge of traditional building skills and materials and is experienced in the preparation of Options Appraisals and Feasibility Studies. These studies examine all aspects of places in the context of sustainable development, including the presentation and management of significant built and natural environments, as well as commercial and funding opportunities, dealing with a wide range of potential funders and stakeholders.

Tuesday 9th March, 1pm-2pm

Alejandro Jiminéz Rios: Conservation of Earthen Buildings

Alejandro will be discussing his doctoral research into the conservation of earthen buildings in Ireland, with an emphasis on minor destructive tests (MDTs) and cob mechanical properties. His research may be of particular interest to conservation specialists and heritage professionals.




Alejandro is a Civil Engineer graduate from the University of Guadalajara (UDG), Mexico. He obtained the double title of Advanced Master’s Degree in the Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC) by the Czech Technical University, Czech Republic, and by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.

At Trinity College Dublin, he got a postgraduate diploma in statistics and also a PhD. His doctoral research focused on the conservation of earthen vernacular architecture in Ireland through the study of the mechanical properties and the structural behavior of Cob. He is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of the Faculty of Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome.


Book at the bottom of page.


Wednesday 10th March, 1pm-2pm

Eoin Madigan: Lime in Vernacular Conservation

Eoin is a sixth-generation stonemason and lime practitioner from the Burren region of Co. Clare, Ireland. Eoin will give a presentation on the use of lime in historic building conservation.

Eoin is passionate about the conservative repair of vernacular structures and specialises in the use of historic lime mortars. In 2005 he completed a nine-month dry stone walling and stone cutting course run by master craftsman Tom Little in Tralee Co. Kerry. From there he became an active member of The Buildings Limes Forum Ireland and again, under the tuition of master craftsman Pat McAfee, he gained his knowledge and love for historic mortars. In 2005 he won a placement with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

He is now a committee member and trainer for The Building Lime Forum Ireland and a founding member of SPAB Ireland where again he is a trainer in masonry and lime mortars.

Book at the bottom of page.


Thursday 11th March, 1pm-2pm

Fidelma Mullane: Vernacular Roofing

Fidelma will be giving a presentation on thatch in the context of Irish vernacular buildings.

Fidelma is a cultural geographer and curator specializing in vernacular culture. She holds a Masters Degree in Geography on the topic of vernacular architecture and an Advanced Masters Degree in Spatial Planning (Paris-Sorbonne). She was awarded a PhD (also from Paris-Sorbonne) on the subject of the culture and representation of local building practices in vernacular house construction in Ireland.




Friday 12th March, 12pm-1pm

James Laverty: Funding a Heritage Project

James is the Engagement Manager since 2016 and Senior Engagement Manager (Interim) since August 2020 at National Lottery Heritage Fund. Over the last 20 years he has gained extensive knowledge, particularly in the third sector, with regards to the development of income generation strategies and development and implementation of organisational objectives. In this presentation, James will discuss the opportunities and considerations to be made when seeking funding for heritage projects


James has extensive experience in funding and the fundraising sector including Trusts, Foundations, European Union, Awards, Lottery, International and Council Funding. He also has extensive experiences of providing fundraising training, assessing applications and working with a diverse range of groups.


Friday 12th March, 1pm-2.15pm

Irvin Mossman: Vernacular & Policy for Planning

Manus Deery: Historic Environment Division – Policy Approaches to Reuse and Regeneration of Vernacular

In these presentations you will hear from representatives from Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, and Department for Communities: Historic Environment Division on  considerations and the application of policy when  seeking to reuse or restore vernacular buildings.

Irvin works for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Manus is an Assistant Director and a Principal Architect of the Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities. He manages the Heritage Advice and Regulation Branch, developing strategic heritage initiatives, carrying out licensing work and the production of guidance and funding schemes. As an architect, he led the Division’s listing team between 2006 and 2015 and one of two area architect teams. With Colin Hatrick, former Principal Architect in the Division, he undertook a detailed thematic survey of Northern Ireland’s thatched buildings in the early 2000’s.



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8th March 2021 @ 1:00 pm
12th March 2021 @ 2:30 pm
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02890 550 213


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