At the IIWC York symposium there will be speakers from the UK and overseas all presenting an exciting range of topics.

Keynote Presentations:

Margarita Kisternaya MSc PhD RAS

Margarita is a wood scientist and since 2005 has been Senior Researcher for the Kizhi Pogost Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography, in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Her work at this important World Heritage Site includes developing conservation strategies for the monuments; implementing climate control measures and maintenance procedures; and technologies for elimination of fungi and insect activity.

Between 1990 - 2005 Margarita was a senior researcher for the Forest Research Institute of the Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Petrozavodsk, Russia. Her research included: the impact on wood quality of forest management; the development of monitoring systems for wooden architectural monuments; and the changes in wood quality due to ageing (chemical composition, physical properties).

Margarita gained her MSc from St. Petersburg State University in 1990 and her PhD (Wood science) from the Moscow State Forestry University in 2000. Her continuing fields of research include: the biodeterioration of timber structures, quality of timber, wood ageing, monitoring, longevity of timber structures, and dendrochronology. She has published more than 85 papers, and in Russia she has developed and introduced preventive maintenance approaches for historic timber structures.

Margarita’s awards include: Best Young Researcher of the Russian Academy of Sciences 1992 and 1998; Europa Nostra Grand Prize 2009; Ron Cocroft award 2011; and Certificate of Merit of Karelian Ministry of Culture 2016. She is a member of the Russian Regional Council of Wood Science.

Michael Bamforth BSc MICfA

Mike is an archaeologist specialising in wetland archaeology and prehistoric woodworking and is currently Project Manager for the POSTGLACIAL Project at the University of York, investigating the site and environs of the early Mesolithic site of Star Carr. He is a Research Associate at the University of York, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield; and was an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham from 2011 to 2014.

Mike began his career in commercial archaeology in 1998, working primarily in London and the East of England with archaeological units including MoLAS, and L–P:Archaeology. Since 2011, Michael has worked as a freelance consultant archaeologist specialising in the excavation and analysis of waterlogged wood and is currently engaged in the on-going work at Must Farm, Flag Fen, Star Carr and Shardlow Quarry.

Alongside his commercial career, Mike has also participated in various university-led research projects in the UK and further afield including: Star Carr, the Iron Age Post Alignment at Beccles (with the University of Birmingham), Roman Noviodunum in Romania (with UCL), the Ntusi Landscape Project in Uganda (with UCL), and Marothodi in South Africa (with the University of Cape Town). He completed his BSc in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and has worked as a wood specialist since 2005. Mike is a member of the ICOMOS-UK Wood Committee.

Christopher Dobbs MA, MBA, PGCE, FSA

Chris is a maritime archaeologist who played a key role in raising Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose in 1982. Between 1979 and 1982 he was the archaeological supervisor on the Mary Rose excavations; he then transferred to the salvage and recovery team for the raising. He is now Head of Interpretation and Maritime Archaeology at the Mary Rose Trust.

While studying at Cambridge University in 1978 Chris worked on the wreck of the ‘Kennemerland’. Uncovering the secrets of the deep off Shetland 40 years ago helped launch Chris’ career as a maritime archaeologist and from there he became a key member of the diving team to help raise the Mary Rose in 1982.

Chris and the team still dive on the site to monitor the wreck environment. Before a recent dive Chris remarked that: “Although a substantial part of the Mary Rose was raised in 1982, there are still timbers and further artefacts on the site. The remaining timbers were reburied beneath 100 tons of sand to preserve them, and scientific instruments were placed on the site to monitor the condition of the silts to ensure that the timbers and objects remain safely buried… The fact that there are further exciting discoveries to be made on the wreck site in the future, perhaps even by future generations with more sophisticated imaging techniques to look below the seabed, means that there is always potential for new objects and new stories to come from the wreck site itself. This keeps alive the opportunities for new displays and public interest throughout the 21st century.” (2014, Museums Association, Museums Journal)

Gordon Macdonald

Gord is a master carpenter and building conservator with more than 30 years’ experience working with wooden buildings and timber structures.  He las led carpentry teams through a range of interesting and award-winning projects from the restoration of medieval castles in Europe to the re-creation of a 30-ton Roman war machine for BBC Television.

Gord has worked at many diverse locations including the equatorial jungles of Suriname and the Ross Sea area of Antarctica where he has spent nine seasons and more than a year ‘on the ice’. He is an instructor with the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria where he teaches practical building conservation, and a PhD student (Archaeology and Ancient History) at the University of Leicester. His thesis is the “Impacts of Global Climate Change on Polar Heritage”. Gord is the Chairman of Heritage BC, the founder of the specialist carpentry company Macdonald & Lawrence (M&L) and a director of Heritageworks Ltd. an international heritage conservation company based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Between 2001-2003 he was a Visiting Lecturer, at the King’s Manor, University of York, Conservation in Architecture MSc programme. Since 2015 he has been an Instructor at the University of Victoria, Practical Building Conservation, Cultural Resource Management Programme.

Gord and his teams have won many awards for their work including: 2012 Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals Conservation Award, Kinsol Trestle; 2011 Heritage Award of Honour by Heritage BC, Conservation of Haida House, M.O.A; and 2016 Canadian Wood Council, Prairie Wood Design Award, Fort McMurray Heritage Park. Gord’s many publications include: Contributing Editor – ‘Green Oak in Construction’, Published by TRADA Technology, 2007, ISBN 978-1900510-45-5, Consultant to Forestry Commission; ‘Conservation of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Hut in Antarctica’, Mortise & Tenon, Spring 2006; ‘A Timber Framed Pavilion in Suriname’, Timber Framing, March 2006; and ‘Timber Frames of Antarctica’, Mortise & Tenon, Fall 2005.

Panel – New 2017 ICOMOS Principles

Mikel Landa PhD: Mikel is an architect and a specialist in wooden architecture, heritage conservation and cultural Landscapes. From 1999 to 2012, he led the research and the conservation works of the Añana Salt Valley where he was also the also the co-founder of the Foundation that now manages the salt works. He is a lecturer at the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra, Spain where he has taught a number of courses ranging from technology, to sustainability including heritage conservation. Mikel is currently President of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee.

Maria de Guadalupe Zepeda Martinez PhD: Research professor at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Mexico. She has an MSc in forest products from the University of Guadalajara, and in 2007 she gained her PhD in heritage architecture built with wood from the University of Colima. Maria is chair of the Wood Scientific Committee and Academic Secretary of ICOMOS Mexico. Her publications include ‘The Wood and Baroque Carpentry of Jalisco’, 2012; and ‘Fibers for restoration papers’, 2010. Maria is currently Vice President (America) of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee.

Tanya Park PhD: University Associate, School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania, Australia; and Visiting Scholar, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. Tanya completed her PhD in Japan at the World Heritage Department of the University of Tsukuba. Her research centred upon the preservation of historic timber architecture in Japan with a focus on the associated intangible skills and authenticity of materials. Since 2004 Tanya has also been Director of a firm specializing in the preservation of historically significant structures, predominantly in New Zealand. Tanya has an ongoing research collaboration with Tsukuba University and periodically takes students to Japan to study Heritage Architecture, gives lectures there and facilitates study abroad and student exchange initiatives between Japan and Australia. Tanya is currently Vice President (Oceania-Pacific) of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee.

Yasuhiro Watanabe: Director of the Cultural Property Engineering Laboratory Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Past bureau member of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee.

Tina Wik: Architect and professor of sustainable building and conservation, University of Dalarna, Sweden. From 2000 – 2007 Tina was a member of the Commission to Preserve the National Monuments of Bosnia Herzegovina in Sarajevo where she was also working as a project manager for Cultural Heritage Without Borders. Tina is currently General Secretary of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee.



Arnstein Brekke: Craftman and engineer, project manager, member of National Board of ICOMOS Norway and appointed Voting Member of the International Scientific Committee on Wood, IWC. Arnstein Brekke has held different positions on the regional and national level in the field of cultural heritage. He was the initiator and is the project manager for the ongoing field studies in the Salten Region, for the use of dendrochronology and accumulating knowledge for protection of old wooden buildings.

Natalia Burakowska: Holds a diploma in Preservation of Cultural Heritage with specialisation in Architectural Conservation from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. She joined PagePark Architects in 2013 as a dedicated conservation researcher and architectural assistant working on a range of projects focusing on a specialist conservation repairs and adaptations of historic buildings. She is a key member of the team working on the restoration of the fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art since 2014 with a special focus on the reconstruction of the Library.

William Fulton: Director of Fulton Ross Team Architects, Christchurch, New Zealand. William is an Architect and registered Heritage Professional. He is also chairman of Team Architects, a co-operative of 9 offices located across New Zealand.

Gao Chen: Senior architect at the Architectural Heritage Conservation Department, Southeast University in Nanjing, China. Since 2015 Gao Chen has been working key scientific research on traditional wood construction techniques for the Chinese State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

Harald Collin Bentz Høgseth PhD: Professor of Heritage Craft Science at the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg. Harald has a background as a skilled craftsman and archaeologist and gained his PhD in 2007 with the thesis “The craftsman's toolbox. A survey of knowledge in the light of archaeological building timbers from 1000 AD". He established and directed the educational program in craft heritage and building preservation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway. His research concerns historical crafts, archaeology, buildings and building remains, with a methodological and theoretical focus related to material culture and making as well as developing heritage craft and crafts science as a scientific discipline further. Harald is a member of Norway’s Craft Laboratory Steering Group.

Suheyla Koc: PhD candidate, Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Restoration Program. She gained her Masters from ITU’s Restoration Program in 2012 with a thesis about the restoration of Korkmaz House which is built with adobe brick, a vernacular heritage of Ak┼čehir-Karahoyuk. In 2012 she established ART-DEM Architecture Restoration Limited Company and continued to prepare restoration projects. Since 2013, she has been researching her thesis on the preservation of wooden cultural heritage in Turkey and Japan. In this context, she worked as a Japan Foundation Scholar between March 2016 - March 2017 as a guest researcher at the University of Tokyo.

Johanna Liblik: PhD candidate, Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), School of Engineering, Tallin, Estonia. Johanna is an engineer with previous experience as a site manager on repair and conservation projects for old log buildings. Her current research is focusing on the fire design of timber structures protected by traditional plasters.

Alejandro Martinez De Arbulo PhD: Research Fellow, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. Alejandro is an architect specialising in conservation. Trained as architect in Spain, he obtained his PhD in the University of Tokyo with research on the conservation of Japanese wooden built heritage. He currently works in the Japan Centre for International Cooperation in Conservation of the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, conducting research and managing cooperation projects for heritage conservation between Japan and Asian countries including Cambodia, Myanmar and Bhutan.

Jenny May: Heritage Consultant at Heritage Management Services, Christchurch, New Zealand. Jenny is an architectural historian and Registered Heritage Professional. She was the principal Consultant Adviser to the Christchurch City Council’s Heritage Recovery Team after the 2010-2011 earthquakes working with a team working on the conservation and repair of the Council’s heritage assets. She is a past president of ICOMOS NZ and has published a number of articles and been a contributing author to publications on heritage buildings. She was awarded an ONZM in the 2007 New Year’s Honours for her work in heritage.

Karl-Magnus Melin: Carpenter and archaeologist at Knadriks Kulturbygg AB. Karl-Magnus has been a doctoral student at the Faculty of Conservation, Gothenburg University since 2016. He is project leader of the Diocese Project Carpentry Art in the Diocese of Lund, ongoing since 2014. Since 2012 he has been leader of the reconstruction of the roof-trusses and inner trefoil roof of 14th century Södra Råda church. He also represents Gothenburg University Faculty of Conservation as a standard developer, CEN/TC 346 Conservation of Cultural Property and SIS/TK 479 ”Bevarande av kulturarv” since 2018.

Angela Middleton is an archaeological conservator at Historic England’s Centre for Archaeology at Fort Cumberland Dorset. She holds a degree in archaeological conservation from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and an MSc in Maritime Conservation Science from the University of Portsmouth. Angela has worked for the Newport Medieval Ship Project and the Michael Faraday Museum of the Royal Institution before joining Historic England as an Archaeological Conservator in 2007. She provides advice on most aspects of archaeological conservation and undertakes research and investigative conservation on materials retrieved from land and marine sites. She has a special interest in the conservation of waterlogged organic materials. Angela sits on the Archaeology Group committee of the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and is a member of the South Region Conservation Network. She also sits on the committee for the Archaeological Leather Group and the ICOMOS-UK Wood Committee

Anne Nyhamar: Anne is a Senior Advisor in the Section for International Issues at Riksantikvaren - The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. She has a degree in Visual Communication from Norwich (UK) and a MA in Museology from Amsterdam. Anne worked for many years within the field of visual communication and exhibition design, living and working in London, Dublin, Amsterdam and Singapore before returning to Norway and joining Riksantikvaren in 2009. At Riksantikvaren she is involved in a range of projects involving international cooperation and capacity building programmes with partnering organisations in Europe, Africa and Asia. She has been the Director of the International Course on Wood Conservation Technology since 2010. She is currently partnering a project in developing on-line courses on wood conservation with The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Anne is an elected member of the ICCROM Council for the period 2015 – 2019 and is serving as President of the ICCROM General Assembly 2017 - 2019.

Jingxian Ye is a PhD candidate at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She is an architect from Shanghai China with a BSc degree in architecture from Tongji University China, and completed her masters at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) in 2015. In 2016, Jinxian was an invited honorary lecturer at the Hong Kong University Architecture Department. Her current research is on on traditional Chinese wooden construction systems.

Yue Pan: Tongji University, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai, China.

Joe Thompson: Carpenter-in-residence at the Weald and Downland Museum. Joe been studying timber frame buildings for over thirty years. His research focuses on the tools, materials and techniques used to build timber frame structures. He teaches a range of historic carpentry courses at the Museum including as a tutor on the MSc in Timber Building Conservation (validated by the University of York). He is also course leader of the Building Conservation Masterclasses at West Dean College.