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Annual Lecture 2022 Online

Creative Conservation explained in the Bromsgrove Society Annual Lecture

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The Bromsgrove Society's 35th Bromsgrove Lecture was held on 12th April at Bromsgrove School. Award-winning conservation architect Aidan Ridyard described his philosophy and gave examples of how heritage buildings are being brought back to life for our modern society.

Aidan's inspiring presentation on Creative Conservation is now available online, via our YouTube channel.

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 Aidan Ridyard graduated from Birmingham School of Architecture with First Class Honours and a Distinction in his Post-graduate diploma, which he completed in Venice, winning the prize for best portfolio of his year. He has always worked in and around the Midlands, and once had a summer job in Bromsgrove. He spent eight years as Director of a large international practice, leading their Education team before joining Burrell Foley Fischer Architects (BFF-Architects.com) as a Partner in 2014.

Aidan has developed a reputation for working with ambitious and challenging architectural programmes at historically sensitive locations. He has led schemes for very complex projects including: the regeneration of a highly significant group of Listed Buildings (Grades I, II* and II) in York, centred on the 1460 Guildhall; a new 1350 seat theatre in Truro (incorporating two listed buildings); and a phased re-development of the Royal Society of Arts Grade I listed headquarters in central London. Closer to home, Aidan led BFF’s team for the redevelopment of The Roundhouse, as a canal-side visitor centre in central Birmingham for the National Trust and C&RT, and is helping Bromsgrove District Council to develop their Bromsgrove 2040 vision for the Town Centre.

Outside of work, Aidan has been writing his first book. His publication on the church architecture of Wolverhampton’s Richard Twentyman will be published this year.

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