Historical Research

Historical Research

ADAM Architecture are one of few architectural practices to employ an in-house historical researcher. Dr. Helen Lawrence-Beaton read Art History at University of Bristol, has a Masters degree in Garden History and has also completed a PhD on Thomas Archer, a key architect of the English Baroque. Her particular specialism is the Early Georgian period but she has studied a wide range of properties, ranging from timber framed medieval buildings to twentieth century houses.

Professor Dan Cruickshank, well known for his publication and television work, also acts as the firm’s Historic Building Consultant on some of our projects. Professor Cruikshank has been involved in the repair and restoration of many high-profile historical buildings and is the author of many books on historical architecture.

Whether extending an existing house or restoring a historic property, our detailed research provides invaluable evidence of a building's past, enabling us to create the most suitable and sympathetic proposal for each project. This process may involve investigation of land or property ownership, the different development phases and uses of a building, or the growth and design of an estate or historic landscape.

The findings are presented in an attractive brochure, often with phasing diagrams to clearly show the evolution of a building.

This careful methodology is also applied to our new buildings and masterplanning work in our Pattern Books and Character Analysis Studies of towns and villages throughout the UK. These identify local building traditions and architectural character, helping to inspire new development and allowing us to create designs that are in harmony with traditional building patterns.

If you are interested in having the history of your house, garden or estate researched, please contact us.