Post-Modern Architecture: An Introduction to Significance

This event will look at the emerging significance of our Post-Modern Architectural legacy. Described in the current The Return of the Past: Post-Modernism in British Architecture exhibition (Sir John Soane’s Museum) as “one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history”, our recent architectural past is now reaching maturity and key buildings and sites are viewed as part of our architectural heritage. The one-day event will cover the history of Post-Modern Architecture, identifying significance, including local interest, and managing change and retaining significance in postmodern buildings.  

Who should attend?

Conservation, Planning Officers and Amenity Societies with designated and undesignated Post-Modern buildings in their area of management.

Why should you join this course?

The study day is designed to look at the emerging significance of our postmodern architectural legacy, which is now reaching maturity with key buildings increasingly identified as part of our architectural heritage. Alongside critical assessment and retrospective exhibitions such as the current exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum, live planning considerations leads to questions about identifying significance, which should form  part of the understanding for heritage and planning sector professionals.
The study day will cover the history of Post-Modern architecture, identifying significance including local interest, and managing change in Post-Modern buildings.


At the end of this course:

  • Delegates will be familiar with the historic development of the Post-Modern style
  • Delegates will understand the significance of Post-Modern buildings and how this significance can be sustained
  • Delegates will be able to identify Post-Modern style in their local areas/areas of responsibility
  • Delegates will have the tools to consider how Post-Modern buildings might be managed in their local area/area of responsibility
View of glazed blue tile elevation of a Post-Modernist stle building.
The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, London. General view of glazed tiled elevation. © Historic England Archive, James Davies, image reference DP195644

Course outline

The course will run from 09:30 to 16:00. The full programme will be advertised shortly.

Meet the course tutors

Emily Gee: Historic England Planning Director, London (Chair)
Geraint Franklin: Historic England, Investigator
Elain Harwood: Historic England, Senior Investigator
Deborah Mays: Historic England, Head of Listing Advice
Patience Trevor: Historic England, Senior Listing Adviser
Alan Wito: Principal Planner, Heritage and Conservation, London Borough of Camden

Course venue and booking

29/06/2018 Historic England, Cannon Bridge House, London.

Book your place

If you find that the Eventbrite booking system indicates that this course is fully booked, you can email [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list for the course in the event of places becoming unexpectedly free.

Watch our film "More is More"

Watch our film on the Post-Modernist style, explained by the architects behind it- and by your course tutor, Elain Harwood.


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