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Architecture and Design Continuing Professional Development Short Courses

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: TBC
  • Study mode: Short Course (Please see individual modules for details)
  • Location: City Centre

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design has a strong commitment to delivering continuing professional development (CPD) sessions to take your career onto the next level.

Our CPD courses support your learning throughout your career: whether you want to update or refresh your knowledge, expand your expertise or explore new areas of practice.

You’ll have the opportunity to keep up-to-date with new skills and choose modules to meet your area of interest.

Learning from our industry-active academic teams, you’ll also receive the unique benefit of working alongside our full-time, and part-time, students.

We have a proven track record of working with accrediting bodies such as the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) ensuring the teaching stays industry relevant.

Currently available in our MA Conservation in the Historic Environment and the PG Dip Architectural Practice, you’ll learn the skills you need to move your career forward.

We also offer our Beyond Grad scheme for graduates currently gaining practical experience working in practice as part of the requirements for becoming an Architect.

Current available modules:

Conservation of the Historic Environment

Sustainability and Adaptation - 15 / 16 November 2019

Conservation Legislation in Theory and Practice - 29 / 30 November 2019

Financing Conservation Workshop - 13 / 14 December 2019

For more information on the modules please contact Katriona Byrne.

This course is not open to International students

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Concerns is an annual publication by Birmingham School of Architecture and Design. In this issue, you can view final year student work and read more about the activities within the School.

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students




  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Please see individual modules for details
  • TBC

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Current available modules:

Conservation of the Historic Environment modules:

Sustainability and Adaptation - 15 / 16 November 2019

Conservation Legislation in Theory and Practice - 29 / 30 November 2019

Financing Conservation Workshop - 13 / 14 December 2019


For more information on the modules please contact Katriona Byrne.

Parkside and Curzon Buildings

Our Facilities

When you join Birmingham City University, the first thing you will notice is the high standard of our campuses. With an investment of £340 million across our buildings and facilities, we are committed to giving you the very best learning environment to help shape your experience.

You’ll be based in the multi-million pound Parkside building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. We offer facilities which will accurately reflect the work environment you will enter after graduating. These include Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and a computer-generated Virtual Building Site, creating real life scenarios for you to work on.

While based in The Parkside Building, you will get sharpen your CAD and digital visual communication skills, prototyping and digital production, while also having access to a range of specialist software, workshops, computer and project learning laboratories, and a social learning space.

You’ll also benefit from:

  • Design studios
  • Computer and project laboratories
  • Social learning space
  • Café
  • Meeting point

From industry-standard software, to our workshops and studio spaces, everything you need will be at your fingertips from day one. Working with our expert technicians, you'll be supported from concept through to completion. 

Katriona Byrne

Course Director MA Conservation of the Historic Environment

Katriona's BA in History of Art led her to work on the Pevsner Architectural Guide for Dublin and on the National Inventory of Ireland. The Historic Heart of Dublin European project led to a postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Inventorying and Recording. Katriona then worked for about 10 years as a local authority Conservation Officer in Ireland gaining a Masters in Conservation during this time.

She managed grants budgets, large and small, for conservation projects and engaged with planning of the historic environment, both in terms of policy and development control. This was interspersed with private practice as a Heritage Consultant where she supervised conservation works to traditional farm buildings amongst others, undertook research projects, wrote books and training material, delivered industry and community training, and lectured on some of her favourite topics, including vitrolite, historic ironwork, lime, graveyards and energy efficiency.

Katriona then spent five years with English Heritage/ Historic England in the West Midlands region as an Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas. She took over the direction of the conservation courses in Birmingham City University in August 2018. In her spare time she volunteer with the Twentieth Century Society, leading tours around Birmingham and towns in Worcestershire.

Ian Shepherd

Director of Professional Studies

Ian Shepherd is the course leader within the School of Architecture. He integrates teaching with practice through live projects, design, research and consultancy. Prior to joining the university, Ian was a partner in a local architectural practice for more than 20 years, with experience in design and delivery of community, education and leisure projects.

For more information and to learn more, please contact the Course Directors:

Conservation of the Historical Environment 

Katriona Byrne 

Architectural Practice / Beyond Grad

Ian Shepherd