Rena Pitsilli-Graham

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

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Practice Profile

Rena Pitsilli-Graham Architect undertakes the careful repair and conservation of historic buildings using Rena’s wide experience in both the technical and philosophical aspects of conservation.

The practice ethos is firmly based on the principles of conservative repair and minimum intervention. Painstaking attention to detail in all matters relating to conservation ensures the highest possible quality within the project resources.

Working with clients to understand their requirements, helping them to develop their brief and to realise their vision for the building in their care, is a rewarding part of the process. Each project is unique, approached with fresh eyes, keen interest, dedication and commitment.

Stoke Church Underpinning Work in Progress

Stoke Church Underpinning Work in Progress

Background

Rena specialised in Building Conservation immediately after completing her architectural education and has worked in the field throughout her career.

The final thesis for the Graduate Diploma in Building Conservation at the Architectural Association School dealt with the survey, cataloguing and architectural analysis of the neo-classical houses of Nicosia. The thesis provides the only record of these buildings several of which have since been demolished.

During a career working almost exclusively with historic buildings, Rena played a key role in the conservation of several high profile buildings including the Tower of London, the Athenaeum Club, Marlborough House, Eltham Orangery, Fulham Palace, London Union Chapel, Mereworth St Lawrence and Hadlow Tower.

 

Shipbourne Church – completed Stonework repairs and Thursday market

Shipbourne Church – completed Stonework repairs and Thursday market

 

Clophill Old St Mary’s Church – Consolidation of a Ruin

Clophill Old St Mary’s Church – Consolidation of a Ruin

 

Rena Pitsilli-Graham Architect – The Practice

The practice was set up in 2012 and has quickly become established as a busy and well-respected conservation office Short repair projects have already been completed with established clients and two major EH/HLF funded repair projects have been tendered and are commencing on site in spring 2014.

Work as a specialist consultant to other practices includes the 19th cent Coalhouse Fort, in Essex on the approach to the River Thames, the conservation of the mediaeval gate and walls at Dunstable Priory, the stabilisation and repair of Clophill Old St Mary’s Church, in Bedfordshire and conservation of ruins at Merton Priory in London.

Shorne Church Trial Repair to Historic lead

Shorne Church Trial Repair to Historic lead

Recent and ongoing commissions include a variety of repair projects in parish churches in and around the south east of England.

Rena works as a sole practitioner supported by Russell Graham who was a founding partner of Haverstock, where he still acts as specialist consultant.

The practice is located in Camden Town in central London close to the Eurostar terminal at Kings Cross and other main line stations.

 

Services Provided – Principles and Practices

“Barty” a 1930s precast concrete“joke” reinserted after repair to the Victorian chimney stack at Otford St Bartholomew

“Barty” a 1930s precast concrete
“joke” reinserted after repair to the Victorian chimney stack at Otford St Bartholomew

The practice offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise on conservation matters covering the philosophical and technical aspects of historic building conservation.

The services provided include documentary research, the production of Conservation and Heritage Statements, condition surveys, Quinquennial inspection surveys, assistance with applications for funding to HLF and other funding bodies, research into sourcing suitable repair materials and methods, preparation of extensive and thorough reports, specialist conservation specifications and Schedules of Work, planning and detail drawings.

Many years’ experience of running  complex conservation projects, provides a sound basis for contract administration and enables the organisation of the tender documents in such a way as to limit risks to the client and the building. Good working relationships with craftsmen on site, client bodies and statutory authorities are essential; they are nurtured for the success of the project.

Otford St Bartholomew’s Church Repair to Stonework, Tower Render and Timber Framed Porch

Otford St Bartholomew’s Church Repair to Stonework, Tower Render and Timber Framed Porch

Rena holds personal appointments as Inspecting Architect to 17 churches in the Dioceses of Guildford, Rochester, Canterbury, London and St Alban’s providing attentive service and careful advice to parishes for both the immediate problems faced by buildings in their care and the long term strategic phasing of repair and enhanced use.

 

Supporting and Voluntary Work

Assessor for the AABC Accreditation Scheme.

EASA membership subcommittee.

Camden Conservation Area Advisory Committee

 

Detail from the Theodora Salusbury Window – Newdigate St Peter’s Church

Detail from the Theodora Salusbury Window – Newdigate St Peter’s Church