Conservation Architecture: James Grieve
Where are they now?
I graduated from Queens University with a Masters of Architecture in 2014, and very soon after had landed myself a job within the Conservation department of Consarc Design Group in Belfast. I had previously worked with Consarc on my year out where I developed a keen interest in working on the reuse and restoration of existing buildings.
Working in a conservation practice means I get to engage first-hand with a vast and, at times, peculiar array of projects. I’m lucky enough to have been involved in the restoration of many listed buildings including the QUB Graduate Building, the Grand Opera House Belfast and Hillsborough Castle, as well as the conservation of historic artefacts, monuments and even ships, such as the HMS Caroline – the last remaining naval vessel from the WW1 Battle of Jutland!
I’m very interested in the role that architects have in shaping our society, and since becoming a chartered architect in 2015 have established the Early Career Architects Forum to help new architects maximise their contribution to the built environment. This has proved to be a very exciting project to be a part of, and I am looking forward to seeing it grow.