The Engine Shed

Friday 12th May – The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 2BY

This year’s main Convention day will take place at the Engine Shed, Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) brand new building conservation hub, which is set to open soon. The Convention is the first major event to take place in this new venue. We are very grateful to HES.

The multi-million pound project is transforming a disused, former military building in Stirling’s Forthside area, right across the pedestrian bridge from Stirling Railway Station. When complete, the new facility will encourage people to engage with and explore Scotland’s rich built heritage, as well as the traditional skills that helped create it, for themselves.

The Engine Shed sees the bringing together of cutting-edge conservation science, digital documentation work and innovation practices with centuries-old skills and traditions. It will demonstrate the important role that both contemporary and traditional practices play in the future of building conservation in Scotland and internationally.

The new centre will create and deliver education resources and training on traditional buildings, skills and materials for those in the industry. It will also be a fun and inspiring space for schools, local people and visitors to explore their built heritage through activities, exhibitions, workshops and a jam-packed events programme. For more information visit:

Among the Friday speakers this year (in purely alphabetical order) are:

Petter Bergerud

The University of Bergen / Fortunen AS

Architect, professor at The University of Bergen and partner in Fortunen AS – architecture, landscape and design. Petter has written books and delivered lectures, keynote speeches, workshops and exhibitions in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. His special fields of interest include spatial experiments that have resulted in wooden projects (as will be presented in his talk), lightweight and tensile structures and amazing ice structures.

As Petter says: form, composition, light and material make architecture a framework for sensuous knowledge. Petter was the designer of the Bergen Pavilion at The Festival of Architecture 2016’s Pop-up Cities Expo last summer (which attracted over 115,000 visitors in one month).

Karen Cook AIA (TBC)

PLP Architecture

Karen Cook is one of the five founding partners of PLP Architecture. Previously Karen was a partner at KPF, whose London office she joined at its founding in 1990 and eventually led, along with her other PLP partners, until the founding of PLP Architecture.

Karen’s experience extends throughout Europe and has been driven by her interest in cultures and languages. Key elements of her work focus on environmentally sustainable design, aligned to her philosophy of integrating design and technology in making better places to work and live.

While at KPF, Karen was the designer of several important office structures. These include The Pinnacle, the City of London’s tallest building and, in Paris, Tour First (CB31), the tallest office building in France, whose

dynamic new top transforms the skyline of La Defense. Her award winning Danube House in Prague is the first sustainable office building in the Czech Republic. Its dramatic interiors formed part of the setting of the James Bond film Casino Royale. Karen’s work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Pompidou Center, Paris.

Hugh Dutton Hon FRIAS

Hugh Dutton Associates

We are delighted that Hugh has agreed to re-visit the RIAS Convention to update us on his ever expanding portfolio of work throughout the world.

Hugh is principal of Hugh Dutton Associates (HDA), a design practice began in 1995 that combines architecture and engineering, based in Paris, specialising in glass and lightweight architectural structures. Trained at the Architectural Association, Hugh began his professional career with Peter Rice and Ian Ritchie in Paris between 1981 until 1992, where Rice had founded RFR, a multi-disciplinary office, as an experiment to consciously muddle the traditional professional barriers in building.

HDA’s past work includes the new roof for the Islamic Arts collection in the Louvre, Paris, a footbridge for the 2004 Olympic games, superstructures for the existing and future airport terminals at Incheon, Korea, facades at Changi Airport, Singapore, glass galleries of the Acropolis museum, a climate responsive canopy in fabric and glass for improved outdoor comfort in Miami and a new generation of high tension electricity pylons in Italy and France. The studio is particularly active in Asia, with ongoing work in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Cristina Garcia

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Cristina Garcia is a Principal at the international architecture practice Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Since joining the firm in 1996, she has led large-scale projects in the UK, Europe, and Asia, including the new RWTH Aachen University Photonics Research masterplan in Germany and the award-winning Endesa headquarters in Madrid. Her work focuses on issues of density and building types within the design of sustainable cities.

Ellen van Loon


Ellen van Loon joined OMA in 1998 and has led several award-winning building projects that combine sophisticated design with precise execution. Some of her most significant contributions include the new G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014); De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands (2013); New Court, the Rothschild Bank headquarters in London (2011); exterior and interior design for Maggie’s Centre near Glasgow (2011); the Prada Transformer pavilion in Seoul (2009); Casa da Musica in Porto (2005), winner of the 2007 RIBA Award; and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin (2003), winner of the European Union Mies van der Rohe award in 2005. Ellen is currently working on the Factory Manchester, a large performing arts venue for the city; a new building for Brighton College in England; and the home of the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen.

Dr David Mitchell

Director of Conservation, Historic Environment Scotland

David has been active in the fields of traditional skills and materials, and digital documentation for several years, and has a particular interest in industrial heritage and the Scottish architectural iron founding industry. Between April 2016 and September 2016, he took on the role of acting CEO for Historic Environment Scotland (HES). David holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in earth sciences and a PhD in architecture. Before joining the organisation, he was managing director of a private firm of industrial heritage consultants and contractors. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling, a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a trustee of the Scottish Ironwork Foundation and the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery.

Saturday 13th May – The Stirling Highland Hotel, Spittal Street, Stirling, FK8 1DU

The Saturday morning Convention speakers will include Sonia Watson, Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Trust who will talk us through some case studies which enabled young people to follow their dreams of studying architecture. RIAS Honorary Fellow, Ian Ritchie CBE will be “in conversation” with RIAS Past President, Professor Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith on their shared and individual experiences in the fields of theatre and auditoria.

Bill Cairns, ICOE Research Ltd

Bill has delivered over 750 planning, environment and development projects including environmental and infrastructure planning for Kazakhstan offshore developments for KMG and the World Bank. Other major projects include the Flotta and Sullom Voe Terminals, RNAD Coulport and the multi award-winning Megget Reservoir, Scottish Borders. He is a government advisor, author and visiting professor.

Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith PPRIAS

At ninety (his birthday was mid-March) James remains a keen and sharp observer of Scottish and international architecture. His own work on two of the best known theatres in Scotland has created a powerful legacy at both Eden Court, Inverness and at Pitlochry, where the Festival Theatre is still the cultural and tourism fulcrum of this special Perthshire town.

Education at Trinity, Cambridge, where lectures by Nikolaus Pevsner and Geoffrey Webb were notable highlights, he subsequently attended Edinburgh College of Art where Alan Reiach was a particularly fondly remembered tutor. James initially worked in the offices of Leslie Grahame Thomson before entering Robert Matthew’s firm in April 1954. He worked alongside Tom Spaven, Margaret Little, Margaret Brown (later Richards) and Graham Law. Among his first projects was Turnhouse Airport.

In 1957, Dunbar-Nasmith and Graham Law left the Matthew firm and went into partnership in Edinburgh. James was subsequently Professor of Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art where he helped establish the school’s excellent conservation course and set up the separate School of Landscape Architecture.

All those who know Sir James Dunbar- Nasmith and have been taught by him commend his fundamental decency, his good humour, his tolerance and his often sparkling wit.


Ian Ritchie Architects

Ian Ritchie is director of Ian Ritchie Architects, poet, artist, Fellow Society of Façade Engineering, Royal Academician and member of the Akademie der Künste. He is Special Visiting Professor at Liverpool University and advises The Ove Arup Foundation, Backstage Trust and is a Governor of the RSC.

Ian has chaired international juries including the Stirling Prize, and has received two major innovation Awards – Robert Matthew Commonwealth Award and the Académie d’Architecture Grand Silver Medal. He has written several books, and several international museums hold his art. His practice has received more than 70 national and international awards.

Sonia Watson Hon FRIBA

The Stephen Lawrence Trust

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was set up in 1998 by Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence. They wanted to ensure that future generations of young people would enjoy the opportunities that were denied to Stephen by his senseless murder.

The Trust has a strong track record in delivering bursaries for students in architecture and the built environment. It is a fitting legacy to Stephen’s memory. The Trust’s current objectives include supporting aspiring architects and young people wishing to pursue careers in wider professions by providing a programme of bursaries and access to housing and architectural work opportunity.

Sonia has been Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust since 2013 and has developed its Building Futures Programme, not only to fund the bursaries, but also to support mentoring, work opportunities and affordable accommodation for students. More important still, is her infectious enthusiasm for the project which she shares with all she comes into contact with. In Baroness Doreen Lawrence’s words, “Once you have met Sonia you will never forget her”.


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