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Understanding Post-War Architecture

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Understanding Post-War Architecture

This two-day CPD course, run in partnership with Historic England sets out to explain what makes buildings of this era special and at special features of their construction. It is ideally suited to all heritage professionals who work with, or are likely to work with, post-war buildings. With input from leading academics, building historians, and architects this two days promises to be an excellent introduction to post-war buildings and their importance to 21st century heritage.

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Course Dates

27th March 2017 – 28th March 2017

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Course Leader

Peter Alfano

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Course Description

England was one of the first countries in the world to protect buildings erected since the Second World War, beginning as early as 1987.  However, the subject remains a controversial one, especially as not only modern but post-modern buildings become eligible for listing.  This two-day course sets out to explain what makes buildings of this era special and at special features of their construction.  The course will begin by putting the buildings into their social context of the 1950s and 1960s, and there will be two sessions devoted to detailed studies by building type.  It will conclude with a detailed study of a major example of the period currently undergoing repair, the Leicester University Engineering Building by Stirling and Gowan, listed grade II*.

Speakers include Elain Harwood and Geraint Franklin of Historic England, respected academics, and independent building historians and architects.


Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 March 2017


The University of Leicester main campus.

What's to be covered

Topics include

  • The social background of post-war architecture, its context and key dates.
  • Discussions on different building types, Schools, Universities, Public Housing & Private Housing.
  • Apporaches to post-war designation.
  • Conservation of post-war buildings.
  • The redevelopment of post-war cities.
  • A visit to the University of Leicester's Engineering Building.

A full timetable can be downloaded here. Please note the timetable is subject to change.