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Lindsay Lennie

about lindsay lennie…

My undergraduate degree is in Geography from University of Durham, I then pursued a career as a Chartered Valuation Surveyor within the Valuation Office Agency working both in Lancaster and Aberdeen. I subsequently moved to Perthshire, working for Tayside Valuation Joint Board.

Having always had an interest in townscapes and historic buildings I undertook the RICS Post-graduate Diploma in Building Conservation at the College of Estate Management in Reading. I successfully completed the course in 2001 and was awarded the Tuffin Ferraby & Taylor prize for being the best overall student.

The following year I was offered the rare opportunity to undertake a PhD in Building Conservation at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. My thesis titled “The Conservation of Historic Shopfronts in Perth and Perthshire” involved the detailed examination of over 300 Dean of Guild Court plans.

Completing my PhD in 2006 I was then able to continue my research with a unique opportunity to undertake a Research Fellowship with Technical Conservation Group (formerly TCRE), Historic Scotland researching the historic shops of Scotland. This exciting position has involved historical research, a survey of extant historic shops, writing of publications and provision of specialist advice.

I have a strong interest in the importance of outreach and education in furthering conservation. I have therefore led many guided tours of historic shopfronts, including for Perthshire’s annual Doors Open Day as well as delivered lectures for professional, academic and lay audiences.

My varied background in geography, valuation surveying and building conservation gives me a unique skills set and a deep understanding of the importance of town centres and the vital role which historic retail buildings play.

I keep up to date with progression within the industry through regular attendance at conferences, seminars and workshops.

I have been an Associate Tutor with the College of Estate Management, Reading since 2004. I moderate distance learning students and am currently the Module Leader on the Practical Conservation Techniques: Materials and Repairs Module of the Conservation of the Historic Environment postgraduate programme.

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Summary of Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies

BA(Hons) Geography

University of Durham

Diploma in Surveying

College of Estate Management, Reading

Post-graduate Diploma in Building Conservation

College of Estate Management, Reading

PhD Building Conservation

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

Full Member of Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)