Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt premieres ‘Restoring the Palace of Westminster’ documentary at RIBA

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt and the Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) hosted an event at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Thursday 5 December to launch the new film by Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, University of Kent and KMTV titled, ‘Restoring the Palace of Westminster’. The film, based on Dr Schoenefeldt’s research project, Between Heritage and Sustainability for the Restoration and Renewal Programme was followed by a panel debate led by KSAP Head of School, Professor Gerald Adler, ‘Can Victorian architecture be sustainable?’ Panel guests included:

  • Hannah Parham, member of the Historic Building Consultancy team at Donald Insall Associates
  • Edonis Jesus, BIM4Heritage
  • Sebastian MacMillan, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Richard Lorch, Editor in chief, Building and Cities
  • Fionn Stephenson, Chair in Sustainable Design (University of Sheffield)
  • Henrik Schoenefeldt, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture (University of Kent)
  • Adam Watrobski, Principal Architect at Houses of Parliament

The event was live streamed on YouTube and is available to watch online.

 

BBC reports on Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt’s research at Houses of Parliament

Dr Schoenefeldt’s current research project at the Houses of Parliament was featured on the BBC. It was subject of the special report ‘Political hot air’ on BBC South East Today, 18 April 2019, 6.30. Henrik took Robin Gibbons, BBC broadcast journalists, around the hidden voids of the Palace of Westminster and gave an interviews on his academic research. The project aims to provide a critical understanding of the design, history and performance of the 19th century ventilation system of the Houses of Parliament, and to explore the possibility of revitalising the currently disused system during the restoration of the Palace of Westminster. A brief summary of the project can be found on the parliamentary website here and it has also been the subject of a cover article in the CIBSE Journal.

 

Sustainable Museums through the reuse of historic building services

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt has been invited to speak about his current research project at the UK Spring Conference of the International Association of Museum Facilities Administrators (IAMFA), which is held at the Natural History Museum, London, on 3 – 4 May 2018. For the full list of speakers, see here.

He will be taking part in the main plenary session entitled‚ ‘The Technology Challenge Modernising Estates’ Systems‘. The event will be attended by 70 delegates, which include facilities managers from most major museums in the UK and Henrik will be will be exploring how findings of his current research project at the Houses of Parliament could be used to address questions of sustainability in historic museum buildings. The project investigates how far historic principles of ventilation could be reutilised and integrated within a modern sustainable system. As many museum buildings from the nineteenth and early twentieth-century followed similar approaches to ventilation and as such the research can offer potential lessons for their refurbishment. Can the reuse of historic principles provide an alternative to the installation of completely new technologies?

Historic Building Services in Education, Practice and Research

A symposium held at the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) on 25 July 2018

Historic principles of environmental design has received renewed interest amongst practitioners, teachers and academic researchers. This interest is driven by the belief that these principles could provide valuable lessons for modern practice. Moreover, knowledge of historic building services can be important to engineers working within the field of building conservation.

The symposium, ‘Historic building services in education, practice and research‘ aims to to explore the value of studying historic building services and how it can inform the practice and education of building services engineers today.

Through talks and discussions the event will provide a forum for practitioners, engineers and educators to investigate these questions. Speakers and panel chairs include Professor Dean Hawkes, University of Cambridge, Dr Neil Sturrock, Chairman of CIBSE Heritage Group, Caroline Cattini, Historic England, Phil Jones, Chairman of CIBSE CHP & District Heating Group, Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, University of Kent, Andrew More, Senior Building Services Engineer, Historic England.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, convenor of the symposium, will also present the findings of his recent study on the views of practicing engineers regarding the value of research into historic building services. This was based on interviews and a survey that he has undertaken in connection with his National Teaching Fellowship Award.

Please book via Eventbrite.

For further information about the event, including the programme, please see CIBSE Services Symposium. If you have any queries, please email C.Malkin@kent.ac.uk.

Convenor

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Kent, AHRC Leadership Fellow and member of the CIBSE Heritage Group. He is currently seconded to the Houses of Parliament to lead the research project ,Between Heritage and Sustainability – Restoring the Palace of Westminster’s nineteenth-century ventilation system’. Last year he has been made a National Teaching Fellow for his contribution to sustainability in architectural education. His work on the historic building services at the Houses of Parliament has been subject of feature article in the CIBSE Journal: http://portfolio.cpl.co.uk/CIBSE/201711/24/

MASE students present at Cambridge Conference

Seven students from the MSc in Architecture and Sustainable Environment presented papers at the 5th Annual Conference of the Construction History Society, which was held at Queens College, Cambridge on 6 and 7 April 2018. The focus of this year’s conference was on the history of building services and its relationship to the development of construction technology. It was an international conference with delegates from countries across the world, including Australia, US, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden and France.

The students’ papers were based on research they have undertaken in the context of the module AR828 Rediscovery under the supervision of Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt. It is a specialist module on the history of environmental technologies within the MSc. In this modules students undertake research in the history of building services, which included  detailed case studies on the original environmental principles underlying the design of historic buildings.

The conference gave students the opportunity to gain important skills required in academic research, such as the writing of papers, going through the peer-review process, speaking to larger audiences about their work or taking part in plenary discussions, which involved dealing with critical comments or challenges questions from delegates or panel chairs.

Cover of Conference Proceedings

Seven peer-reviewed papers were published in ‚Studies in the History of Services and Construction, The Proceedings of the Fifth Conference of the Construction History Society, Queen‘s College, Cambridge, 6-8 April  2018 (Cambridge: CHS, 2018)

The engagement of students in the conference forms part of initiatives that Dr Schoenefeldt has been leading in conjunction with his National Teaching Fellowship Award and ‚Between Heritage and Sustainability‘, a research project funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Dr Schoenefeldt giving opening keynote lecture at Queen’s College, Cambridge

Dr Schoenefeldt gave the opening keynote lecture of the conference and acted as chair the main building services stream.  His lecture, which was entitled ‚Towards a History of Building Services’ explored the relationship between construction and building services in the design of the Palace of Westminster.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt speaks at St. Stephen’s Festival Week

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt will be giving a talk at St. Stephen’s Church in Canterbury on Thursday 23rd November at 7.30pm. His talk entitled ‘Profane Gothic: Rediscovering the Palace of Westminster’s 19th Century Ventilation System’ will cover the restoration and renewal within the Palace of Westminster, and explores how the gothic architecture of the Houses of Parliament has been shaped by its innovative Victorian ventilation system.

For further information, please see: http://www.ststephenscanterbury.net/worship/services-music-and-events/ 

 

 

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt features as CIBSE Journal’s November Cover Star

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture and AHRC Leadership Fellow at the Kent School of Architecture. He is currently on research leave leading a large AHRC funded project investigating the Houses of Parliament’s historic ventilation system. The project, entitled ‘Between Heritage and Sustainabiliy – Restoring the Palace of Westminster’s nineteenth-century ventilation system,’ feeds into the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

Liza Young, Deputy Editor at the CIBSE Journal, was taken on a private tour of the Palace of Westminster, led by Dr Schoenefeldt for a feature article which is in November’s issue of CISBE Journal, of which Henrik is the cover star. The issue, including the full-length article on p.24 – p.28, can be viewed here:

Pugin celebration in Ramsgate

Pugin experts will be speaking at a celebration in Ramsgate this Wednesday 5th April 2017 from 18.30 – 20.00 in The Cartoon Room, The Grange, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9NY.

CREAte, the Centre for Research in European Architecture at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, will be hosting a celebration to honour their successful collaboration with The Pugin Society and Thanet District Council. The occasion marks the publication of a new book, Gothic Revival Worldwide: AWN Pugin’s Global Influence, edited by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin of the Centre together with major international scholars.

The book is the next stage of a collaboration that began with a conference held at the University of Kent in 2012 to mark the bicentenary of Pugin’s birth. The conference was a collaboration between the Centre, the Pugin Society and the District Council which brought experts and enthusiasts to Ramsgate from all over the world including the leading Pugin scholar, the late Margaret Belcher, from Christchurch, New Zealand.

These activities have helped to increase interest and appreciation of the valuable architectural heritage of Ramsgate and Thanet, and are a further sign of the Centre’s commitment to local groups.

Dr David Haney, the Director of CREAte, said:

‘We are honoured that the eminent Pugin scholar Lady Alexandra Wedgwood will be in attendance. Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt from CASE will give a talk on his work on the Houses of Parliament, and Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin on the Gothic Revival’.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, who has contributed a chapter to the book, is an expert on the building of Pugin’s Palace of Westminster and is acting as a consultant for the proposed major restoration works.

 

Celebrating the Gothic Revival Worldwide

CREAte are proud to announce that Leuven University Press has published their new book Gothic Revival Worldwide: A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence, edited by Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Jan de Maeyer and Martin Bressani. This high quality, fully illustrated, 256-page book will become an authoritative volume on the history of the nineteenth-century gothic revival from Canada to China, Australia and the South Pacific.

The book developed from CREAte’s acclaimed 2012 international conference New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide which attracted leading scholars from all over the globe. Contributors include Professor Stephen Bann on his newly discovered portrait of the teenage Pugin and the Parisian milieu in which it was drawn, and Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt on the architectural and scientific principles in the design of the Palace of Westminster.

Both conference and book launched prestigious new partnerships for CREAte. Co-editor Professor Jan de Maeyer is director of KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre for Religion, Culture and Society at KU Leuven, and Professor Martin Bressani is Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture in Montreal. The book is published in Leuven University Press’ KADOC Artes series.

Details of the book can be found at: http://upers.kuleuven.be/en/book/9789462700918

The book is dedicated to Alexandra Wedgwood and the late Margaret Belcher, the two most influential Pugin scholars, and CREAte would also like to thank Thanet District Council and The Pugin Society for its continuing partnership.

Dr. Schoenefeldt speaks about Houses of Parliament Restoration in Canterbury

Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt, who is currently leading a research project feeding into the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme, will be speaking in Canterbury on 10 October. The talk is entitled ‘Preserving Parliament: Reusing the Past to sustain the Future.’  He will talk about his current work, including his study of the historic stack ventilation system and his involvement in the first ever systematic physical survey of the Palace of Westminster.

This event will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Church Street,  Canterbury. It starts at 7.15pm with a meal in the parish centre followed by the talk at 8.15pm in the church itself. To book spaces for the meal, please contact the parish office (office@martinpaul.org, 01227 768072). To attend the talk no bookings are required.

Link to Church: http://tinyurl.com/zumenyv