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I first worked for Midlothian County Council as a planning assistant from 1969-1971. Following graduation in 1974 I worked as a planner with Perth and Kinross Council until 1980 when I joined Dundee City Council as a senior planner. I came to the Planning School to lecture full time in September 1971.

During these almost twenty years spent in local authorities, I always worked in the field of urban conservation. Workloads ranged through conservation area designation, listed building survey, processing and advising on listed building applications; serving Building Preservation and Repairs Notices, administration of grant programmes, and numerous special projects ranging from community involvement in building restoration to architectural salvage.


BSc (Hons) Town and Country Planning

I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Since 1991 I have been the Chief Executive of Tayside Building Preservation Trust, from 1991, I have been a director of the Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust. From 1991 I have been a Member of Advisory Committee to Historic Scotland’s Conservation Bureau.

I am a member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland and The Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group.


The move from local authority to an academic institution required me to think more deeply about a number of issues particularly those relating to conservation training, funding for conservation, the philosophical side of building conservation and in particular, the nature and use of traditional materials. I am currently working on a Technical Advice Note on Scots Slating practice. Over the years I have contributed at a number of Historic Scotland conferences mainly in the area of traditional materials. The majority of my publications are practical reports such as the feasibility study of The Merchant's House, High Street, Brechin, completed July 2001 which resulted in the status of the building being raised to category A. For some eight years, I have been organising with Historic Scotland support, the Dundee Conservation Lectures, which keeps me abreast of topical issues.