An Arbroath architect has gained accreditation in conservation architecture from The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
Susan Burness, a director at Bell Ingram, in Forfar, has been recognised for her passion and skills as an architect who has been involved in many conservation ventures.
Susan was educated at Inverkeilor Primary School and Arbroath Academy, and gained her degree in architecture at Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, where she qualified in 1991.
Her first post was with James Stephens Architect, Glamis, where she worked on Montrose Visitor Centre and several steading conversions among other things.
While looking after her children, Rachael and Scott, she was self employed working locally in Arbroath and Perth. One of her major projects at that time was conservation of Kinnoull House, the former Perth and Kinross Council offices, and she was also involved in conservation of listed properties in Montrose High Street.
She took up a post with Angus Council and was architectural leader of the refurbishment and modernisation of the Webster Memorial Theatre.
Susan joined Bell Ingram in 2006 but was able to continue to manage the Webster Theatre project to its conclusion.
She has been involved in numerous other conservation projects including the Brechin Town Heritage Initiative where a number of derelict and empty properties were brought back into use. Just this week she had visited Kirkton Steading at Inverkeilor to consider possible uses for the building.
Susan is understandably delighted with the accolade for which she had to submit several case studies to RIAS.
She explained: “To qualify, you have to show a long term commitment and interest in conservation projects over a number of years and show continual development and a contribution to conservation.”