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York Conservation Alumni Association

Members in the News:


Adam Wild (Class of 1998/99) has been awarded the RMLA – Outstanding Person Award 2017 at the closing dinner of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand’s annual conference in Auckland on Saturday 23rd September 2017. Adam was given the award for ‘Significant contribution to conservation architecture in New Zealand and internationally’. Adam is Director of his practice, Archifact, which is seen as the leading Conservation Architecture Practice in New Zealand. It has undertaken work in Antarctica, Samoa and New Zealand. Congratulations Adam!

Adam Wild with the RMLA Outstanding Person Award, 2017

Dr Nikhil Joshi (Class of 2003/04) has featured recently in the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ (SPAB) Spring 2018 Magazine. It has been a decade since Nikhil received SPAB’s Lethaby Scholarship, and he remains the only Indian national to-date to be awarded this scholarship. The SPAB magazine article charts Nikhil’s career development since his scholarship – a journey that has taken him East providing conservation consultancy to organizations in Australia, Malaysia, and India. Also, read about Nikhil’s involvement with lime workshop sessions in Singapore below.

Alumni updates:

We are delighted to have heard from YCAA alumni about their conservation interests, activities and accolades.

Since leaving York’s Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies (IoAAS) in 1993, Georgia Zacharopoulou (Class of 1992/93) has been working for the Greek Ministry of Culture, developing a particular interest in the conservation of modern monuments including industrial heritage. She is currently a Faculty Member of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports, Ephorate of Antiquities of Thessaloniki. Following on from her MA dissertation at York on the topic of lime-based mortars in conservation, Georgia has specialized in the theory and technology of lime binders, and their proper implementation in the conservation field. To find out more about Georgia’s research and publications, see here.

Ravindra Gundu Rao (Class of 1989-90), who has fond memories of his time at King’s Manor on the then IoAAS course, as well as being a resident of Constantine House on St.Mary’s Lane, just off Bootham, has established himself as a leading conservation practitioner in India. His practice, RGR Architects, has recently been involved in the restoration of two cemeteries in South India that have close association with the British Empire. You can read an article of this recent work here.

We do hope to include future updates on our alumni’s activities. Please email  to let us know of any recently attended conferences, projects, or if you would like to share a conservation issue or reflections; we would love to hear about it.


IHBC 2018 Marsh Award associated with York Conservation Studies students’ ‘Planning Club’

We are delighted that Dr Jane Grenville, former Head of Department and previous Course Director of the Conservation Studies course at York from 2002-2005, has been awarded the prestigious Marsh Award by the Institute for Historic Building Conservation.

Dr Jane Grenville

The award, which is open to individuals dedicated to heritage conservation, learning and development, was made for Community Contribution (Retired Member). It recognises Jane’s innovative contribution in setting up the Heritage Planning Studio (aka ‘Planning Club’) for University of York MA in Conservation Studies students. Now running in its third year, students scan the city’s weekly planning lists, appraise applications, and ultimately draft comments on significant cases in conjunction with York Civic Trust. As such, Jane’s Planning Club effectively links student volunteering and community effort with positive planning for the historic environment.

There is further recognition of the MA in Conservation Studies programme at York, with Amy Ward, a current part-time student on the MA course and stonemason and conservator for Mono Masonry receiving the Marsh Award for Successful Learning in Heritage Skills.

Both Jane and Amy’s IHBC awards will be presented at the IHBC Annual School in Belfast, 21-23 June 2018.

Singapore lime workshops

Dr Nikhil Joshi (Class of 2003/04), Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, has recently introduced five days of lime workshops in Singapore. Nikhil gave the keynote lecture on ‘Material Matters: Use Of Lime In Historic Buildings’ followed by four successive days of lime workshop sessions. This is the first time such a hands-on course has been offered in this part of the world.

Get involved! YCAA Opportunity: Minutes Secretary

There’s an exciting opportunity for Alumni to contribute to the future running and development of the YCAA. We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled individual whose main duties and responsibilities include: attending, organising and minuting meetings, maintaining effective records and managing communications with other members of the committee. The role is voluntary and rewarding – the committee is both friendly and welcoming – the position is an excellent opportunity to build on your own personal conservation network.

Are you interested? To find out more, contact the YCAA Chair Michael Atkinson. We look forward to hearing from you!

Call for ‘pop-out’ events

Current MA in Conservation Studies postgraduates continue to eagerly seek YCAA alumni willing to be involved in a ‘pop-out’ event. These events are intended to be professional but informal opportunities for current students to gain exposure of conservation work and employment roles through contact with YCAA members currently working in the field. The content of any event — whether exploring past, present or future conservation work — is determined by you. However, the majority of event organisation, like travel, provision of suitable clothing, health and safety equipment, catering, and (if needs be) a venue, is student-led. Please email Jenna Manders-Wilde  to discuss any ‘pop out’ opportunity you may have in mind; it’s a great way for current students to get more invaluable experience and explore career avenues!



Conserving contested heritage in South India: the British Cemetery, Lovedale, Ootacamund & Garrison Cemetery, Srirangapatna

Following recent restoration work by YCAA alumnus Ravindra Gundu Rao and his architectural practice RGR Architects at two cemeteries in South India that are closely associated with the British Empire, this article explores such conservation work, and that of associated charitable organisations, such as the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, in this field. As built heritage with imperial connotations can often be seen today as contested heritage, the restoration of such cemeteries invites us to reflect on the overlap between memory, place and commemoration. Read here for the full article on Ravindra’s restoration of these cemeteries, the difficulties in managing these sites, and what future they may hold.

Heritage recording at the British Cemetery, Lovedale, Ootacamund, South India


Save the date: Saturday 14 July 2018
  1. YCAA Annual General Meeting, 14 July 2018. 2-4pm.

This year’s YCAA AGM will be held in The King’s Manor at 2pm on Saturday 14 July 2018. All YCAA alumni are warmly invited to attend!


  1. York Central’s Railway Heritage Tour, 14 July 2018, 10.30am – c.12.30pm

The YCAA AGM will be preceded by a walking heritage tour of the York Railway Station facade and York Central areas. The City of York Council, and other stakeholders, are currently proposing major development schemes for the areas to the front and rear of York’s Railway Station. The latter is a 45-hectare brownfield site known as York Central. It sits on a Roman cemetery and for the last 150 years has been used for various railway purposes, including the site today of the National Railway Museum.

The tour will be led by John Ives, a graduate of Leeds School of Architecture, who worked for British Rail’s Architects Department and has been a leading figure in the listing of railways heritage over the last 30 years. As a Conservation Architect and partner of York-based PPIY Architects+, John is the author of the York Station Conservation Development Strategy (2012). This railways heritage tour could well be one of the last opportunities to see and better understand some of York’s leading built railway heritage before it is removed in the development programme.

One of G.T. Andrews’s 20m wide, C19 archways ‘cut’ into the York city walls to allow railway services to the former railways station that was located just within the historic city centre

More details of the free railway heritage tour in York, and how to sign up for it, will appear on the YCAA Blog, and Facebook page soon.


  1. Stop Press! YCAA Study trip to Tallinn, 7-10 September 2018

Tallinn, the capital of the the Baltic country Estonia, has a fascinating architectural mix that has been influenced by different rulers and conquerors through its history. On our study trip to Tallinn we will be mainly concentrating on three facets – the largely intact medieval old town, the Kalamaja region that boasts some of the best examples of wooden architecture from first republic period of the interwar years, and the vernacular architecture in Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum.

Town Hall Square in Old Medieval Hansa Tallinn, Estonia


Day 1: Tallinn Old Town

The origins of Tallinn date back to the C13, when a castle was built by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League, and its wealth is demonstrated by the opulence of the public buildings (the churches in particular) and the domestic architecture of the merchants’ houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree despite the ravages of fire and war in the intervening centuries.

Day 2: Architecture from the first Estonian Republic period

Kalamaja is notable as one of the best preserved wooden architecture areas in Tallinn. From the 14th century the area was traditionally dominated by fishermen, fishmongers and boat wrights. A new era began with the building of the Tallinn – St Petersburg railway that coincided with the opening of numerous factories and attracted an influx of thousands of new inhabitants.

Day 3: Estonian vernacular architecture

The open air museum was created in 1957 and was finally opened to the public in 1964. It is a life-sized reconstruction of an C18 rural fishing village, including a church, inn, schoolhouse, several windmills, a fire station, twelve farm yards and net sheds.

More details of the YCAA Study Trip to Tallinn, and how to sign up for it, will appear on the YCAA Blog, and Facebook page soon.

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University of York Boat Club

On the water

We’ve had a great year up to now and new coach Rob Cree is doing a great job in training up our squads and getting them ready for the rest of the year ahead. The start of Winter term saw great results at BUCS indoor event and beyond – there’s great potential for the rest of the year.

#quadsquad November 2017
















Click here to read all the recent results

October 2017

  • Senior Men’s eight won Head of the Dee.
  • York graduates and GB Start athletes Monty Pilkington and Stuart Hosie came an amazing 11th overall at Pairs head out of 479 crews and came 3rd in category.

November 2017

  • A mixed GB Start and club quad came second in category at Four Head, placing in the top 50 of a race which has around 480 crews in total involved this race included numerous Olympians and gold medallists.
  • Our crew was START athletes Calder Trewin-Marshall (current student) at stroke, Monty Pilkington, Stuart Hosie (both former students) and Senior Men’s Captain (UYBC athlete) Adam Williams

BUCS indoors

  • Win in senior men’s heavyweight: Phil Nesom
  • Win in men’s lightweight: Adam Williams
  • 2nd in women’s relay: Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds, Lizzie Maunder, Katie Mole, Isla McAully
  • 4 in women’s heavyweight and 500m sprint

December 2017

  • At Scullers Head Calder Trewin-Marshall (Start) and Phil Nesom (club) placed 3rd and 10th in their respective categories.
  • At White Rose Head the senior crews had good results, coming 3rd against Leeds and Liverpool in the Senior Women’s Eights, and 3rd in the Men’s quad against Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester.

BUCS February 2018
A strong York presence at BUCS weekend particularly for our York women on the tidal water of the Tyne, in testing conditions on day two of the competition.

  • York fielded 4 novice crews and 4 senior crews across the categories.
  • Our novice women’s eight came 10th of 27. Our senior women’s eight came 15th of a strong field of 43.

Coming up

  • York has 2 Men’s and 3 Women’s entries to the Head of the River races in London in 2 weeks… I think this is a record, certainly in recent memory.
















Alumni rowing success
  • Stuart Hosie, (Computer Science and Philosophy, 2017) and GB Start rower is currently rowing in New Zealand at Waikato Rowing Club. He has been very successful so far, winning at national regattas in crews there. Both recent graduates Stuart and Monty Pilkington (Geography, 2017) are hoping for selection to the FISU World University team by the end of this year. 
  • Former UYBC rower Steph Clutterbuck joins 2013 graduate Eloisa Cackett in winning Henley the year after leaving York. Steph also raced at the European University Games 2017.
Come and cheer on the White Rose

With Tyne Head and BUCS Head done, the club is looking ahead to WeHoRR and the Head of the River Race, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March.  We have 2 Men’s and 3 Women’s entries which is is a record, certainly in recent memory.  We hope you can join us – You can find details of where to watch here.

Much needed new women’s boat  


 Jorvik Annual Dinner  

The Jorvik Annual Dinner in November was a great night, with current students travelling down to Thames R.C. to enjoy the event with Jorvik members.  Special thanks to our Jorvik friends who not only organised the night but generously launched our fundraising appeal for new boats with an awesome £1,471 for the UYBC – thanks to the raffle, auction and a generous donation from Jorvik B.C.

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Events Coming up:
  • Annual Henley BBQ on the weekend of Henley Royal Regatta, held this year on Saturday 7 July – always a great opportunity to keep in touch with former members of the Club.
  • Our UYBC Annual Ball takes place on Saturday 9 June as part of this year’s President’s Weekend up in York.   A great reason for you to come back and join in with festivities – email us for details.
  • Jorvik Annual DinnerSaturday 10 November. Save the date for this special event at the Thames Rowing Club.

University of York Volleyball Club

The University of York Volleyball Club has started a crowdfunding campaign on YuStart, to raise £1000 to improve their hitting and spike techniques. With a total of four University teams, a sitting volleyball team, multiple college teams, and several development teams, the club has risen to the top ranks of the British University and College Sport (BUCS) league. This year they’ve had some fantastic accomplishments, achieving the highest national ranking ever, having the most people in the club and they also delivered beginners sessions to over 110 people in the course of the last year.

They want to continue to grow as a club, and get as much out of training time as possible. Their dedicated players double as qualified coaches and fitness instructors and have helped teams reach the top of their BUCS league. However, they’re looking to go one step further and harness new skills by purchasing an Individual Spike Trainer to improve their footwork, hitting technique and to give them a competitive edge.