Rena Pitsilli-Graham

BA Arch, Dip Arch, GradDiplCons (AA), RIBA, AABC

I specialised in Building Conservation immediately after completing my architectural education, to fulfil my keen interest and passion for historic buildings and environments. Throughout my career I have worked with well-known conservation firms, where I had a key role in the conservation of several high profile secular buildings and numerous historic and modern churches. I have set up my own practice, in September 2012 to pursue my ideas, principles and beliefs and to continue my work in the complex field of building conservation, be it sensitive repair or appropriate new design. I remain enthusiastic and curious about historic structures, always interested in new technological developments in materials conservation and I relish the practical and philosophical challenges presented by my work.

Appointments

  • Assessor for the AABC accreditation Scheme
  • EASA membership subcommittee

Memberships and Professional Associations

  • Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) since 1987
  • Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings (ASCHB) since 1988
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) since 1997
  • Member of the Ecclesiastical Architect’s & Surveyors’ Association (EASA) 1999
  • Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) 1999

Positions Held

  • Thomas Ford & Partners: Aug 2003–Feb. 2012 (Associate since 2007)
  • Caroe & Partners: December 1992–July 2003 (Associate since January 1997)
  • Feilden & Mawson: October 1987–May 1992
  • Caroe & Partners: March 1987–August 1987
  • Haverstock Associates: May 1984 – February 1987

Recently Completed

Church work in Kent – Major repair work at Stoke St Peter & St Paul with underpinning of the South Aisle and Re-roofing, and Stonework and Roof Repair projects at Shorne St Peter & St Paul Hadlow St Mary, Horsmonden St Margaret and Herne St Martin.

The repair and conversion of a late 19th century Generator House at Coalhouse Fort on the river Thames Estuary in Essex, underpinned by a Conservation Statement and Research in the history of the building.

Repair to the ruined church of St Mary Clophill, Bedforshire in association with Caroe Architecture Ltd and repair of the Priory Gateway at Dunstable, Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Three volume Statement of Significance on Dover Maison Dieu (The Town Hall) recently utilised in upgrading the listed status of the building.

Current Work

Repair work to the roofs and walls of the John Taylor Bell Foundry Loughborough, Repair and major reuse project at Brackley Town Hall in Northamptonshire in collaboration with Haverstock,  on going work at Herne St Martin, and other church projects.