About us

Our work as a research centre within the University of Edinburgh provides an institutional context for individual research outputs of excellence.

We aim to expand this remit to include a collaborative agenda where we work in relation to organization, institutions and research councils in the development of research resources, archives and surveys pertaining to issue of conservation particular to the Scottish context. 

Our research work covers not only architectural conservation in its strictest sense but also a range of linked areas of built-environment studies.

These include:

  • ‘Conservation’ in its widest sense, bridging the damaging gulf between ‘heritage’ and ‘new’ architecture
  • Critical discussion of contemporary architecture – with particular reference to the market-led ‘iconic’ architecture of the last 10 years
  • The history of Modern Movement (MoMo) architecture – especially the international history of mass housing and urban development
  • The general architectural and built-environment history of Scotland

Some information on the expertise we are able to offer, as well as project case studies (which are listed on the right hand drop-down menu) are provided through this website. Alternatively, please contact us to discuss any prospective projects.