Buildings and Conservation Alumni Profiles‌

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José Maria Lobo de Carvalho

José Maria Lobo de Carvalho studied Architecture in Milan and graduated in Lisbon (University Lusíada, 1994). He is a Master of Arts in Conservation Studies (University of York, 1996) and has a PhD in Architecture (Instituto Superior Técnico, 2009) with a thesis on the economics of conservation and heritage policies. He started his career at the Architectural Heritage Inventory (DGEMN, 1997-2002) as coordinator of the Buildings at Risk project and member of the Historic Centres survey team, working in Portugal, Madeira, Cape Verde and Brazil. Between 2007 and 2013 he worked at the World Heritage Landscape of Sintra (PSML) as conservation architect responsible for the Royal Palace of Pena and the post-fire reconstruction of the Chalet of the Countess of Edla ( In 2012, he received the Literary Guild of Lisbon Award for the conservation project of the Chalet of the Countess of Edla. In 2013, the reconstruction of the Chalet of the Countess of Edla was granted the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/EUROPA NOSTRA award. He is currently invited Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture (IST-UL) in Lisbon. In 2015, he founded the historic buildings consultancy firm ‘Conservation Practice’.

Conservation Studies alumnus Susan Macdonald

Susan MacDonald, Head of Field Projects, Getty Conservation Institute, BSc (Arch), B Arch, MA (Conservation Studies), ICCROM, RIBA, PIA

Susan manages the Field Projects Department where she oversees some 20 international projects that aim to advance conservation practice across a variety of challenges. Susan has worked as a conservation architect in private practice and in the government sector in Australia and in London including English Heritage and as a former Director of the NSW Heritage Office where she was involved in a wide range of conservation issues from urban planning, development, economics, policy and technical matters. Susan has as a particular interest in 20th century heritage conservation and has been involved in a number of world heritage nominations and has published widely on this topic. She undertook her MA at York in 1996 where she developed her interest in this subject. She is a member of DOCOMOMO, APTi’s specialist technical committees on modern heritage and is a member of the ICOMOS international specialist committee on 20th century heritage. 

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Aya Miyazaki 

Aya is currently a Senior Officer at the Japan Foundation supporting Japanese Studies researchers around the world. She is also in the midst of  her doctoral dissertation in International Relations at the University of Tokyo. Recently, she has organized a Summer Institute of Japanese Studies. This program gathered more than fifty researchers to Japan, from Southeast Asia to the United States of America, and created a broader researcher network that could possibly lead to collaborative research projects in the future. Obtaining her second MA at York has opened up doors for her to build a career in the fields of conservation and international cultural diplomacy. Excellent lectures enabled her to build theoretical background and practical workshops, including placement at the York Minster, developed her sense of conservation. Since graduation, she has worked at ICCROM and the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo and has participated in the Young Experts Forum 2015, organized by the National Commission of UNESCO, Germany.

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Alex Holton, BA (Hons. 1st Class) MA (Distinction) PhD (York)

Alex undertook his MA in the Archaeology of Buildings at York in 2004-05, followed by his PhD on The Archaeology and Conservation of the East Front of York Minster between 2006 and 2010. Alex is now a surveyor and heritage consultant at Purcell, York. He provides specialist advice to a range of clients on the conservation and enhancement of historic buildings and sites across the UK. This includes the cathedrals of Durham and Canterbury, as well as private houses, churches and university institutions. He has particular interest and expertise in not only building pathology (with a focus on the conservation and repair of historic stonework), but also heritage management and conservation planning. Alex is a regular guest lecturer on the MA Conservation Studies Course at King’s Manor and on the RIBA Traditional Materials (Stone) CPD courses. He has also worked collaboratively with Historic England on a number of technical conservation projects which are now in course of publication.