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Conserving Vernacular Architecture - An Engineer's Experience

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 18 November 2019
  • Time(s)
    From 6:30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

About the event

Outlining the history and characteristics of vernacular architecture in Ireland, Conservation Engineer Dermot Nolan will explain how the input of engineers is essential in repair and conservation of this important part of the national patrimony.

The building details of the structures will be explained, and the materials used described. Earth-walled, stone-walled and thatched structures will be dealt with. Building types will include dwellings and farm buildings as well as special structures such as churches, mills and pubs. Individual features such as hearths, chimney breasts, partitions and chimneys will be described. Engineering characteristics of traditional materials will be examined including temperature and moisture responses, stresses, cracking etc.

Dermot will describe appropriate methods of repair and conservation and the role of engineers in planning and carrying out the work.

About the speaker

Dermot Nolan Chartered Engineer - Principal at Dermot Nolan & Associates Ltd, Historic Building Consultants/Consulting Engineers

Dermot is a conservation engineer of many years' experience and is currently vice-chair of the Conservation Engineering Group of Engineer's Ireland. He has considerable experience of conservation of vernacular architecture. He was the joint supervising consultant (with Pat Ruane) on the Mayglass Farmstead which was an important seminal project in initiating interest in conservation of the vernacular built heritage. He is the joint author (with Criostoir MacCarthaigh of UCD) of the Thatch volume of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht advice series. He has special expertise in earth-walled and thatched structures as well as other vernacular buildings and has lectured widely on the topic and been involved in many practical conservation projects.


Free - all welcome!

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