Portrait of  Charles Hippisley-Cox Charles Hippisley-Cox

c.i.hippisley-cox@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472930


Charles Hippisley-Cox is currently programme director for Architectural Technology and Senior Lecturer in Architectural Conservation. He graduated with a degree in Geology before studying Architecture as a mature student. In the 1980s he worked as a specialist historic building surveyor for local government and English Heritage. In the early 1990s he joined the award winning Department of Conservation Science at Bournemouth University to work with the late Professor John Ashurst. Charles came to Huddersfield University as a Senior Lecturer and has served on a number of University commitees including the Senate.

Research and Scholarship

As an historic building specialist, his research has focussed on the rediscovery of traditional building materials and specialist craft techniques. His wider architectural interests include the systematic study of traditional buildings especially those in rural areas of population decline. The application of sustainability to architectural conservation has recently become a focus for his research and scholarship. Currently his scholarly activity involves investigating the complex relationship between buildings and ecology based on the premise that architecture forms part of a much wider ecosystem.

During the 1990s he worked with the Peak District National Park and a similar region in Portugal funded by the British Council. In the 2000s he was awarded AHRB funding to investigate National Park Building Conservation initiatives and to highlight good practice.

Recently he has undertaken experiments in conjunction with conservation specialists in France and is currently working on three research topics:

  1. The use of bio-mass as an energy source in semi-rural areas
  2. Spiders as a potential means of controlling woodworm infestation
  3. Sustainable approaches to the refurbishment of historic buildings

He likes to make sure that research achieves maximum impact by publishing articles in professional journals and similar publications with a wide readership. He also disseminates his research as a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Hippisley-Cox, C (2017) ‘The Moorpool Estate: A Visionary Edwardian Garden Suburb for Birmingham’. In: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?, 22-23 June 2017, University Of Derby

Hippisley-Cox, C (2017) ‘Silverfish: if they're not fish, they're not really silver, and they look like aliens, what on earth are they?Building Engineer , 92 (6), pp. 26-27. ISSN 0969-8213


Hippisley-Cox, C (2016) ‘Oak Trees and the technology of timber conversion with particular reference to the use of water-power in West and South Yorkshire’. In: Regional Urbanism in the Era of Globalisation REUG 2016, 3rd - 5th Feb 2016, Huddersfield University


Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘Traditional buildings as ecosystems with spiders as biocontrol for woodwormThe Bulletin of the British Ecological Society , 46 (4), pp. 40-41.

Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘Hearts Of Oak: Traditional Timber Frames and Timber Conversion.Architectural Technology (113), pp. 14-16. ISSN 1361-326X

Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘Hole In The WallNatural History , 123 (3), pp. 48-48. ISSN 0028-0712

Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘Carpentry Traditions and Timber-Frame BuildingsContext, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (138), pp. 29-31. ISSN 0958-2746

Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘How to build a nestbox in a wall cavityBirdwatch , 272 (272), pp. 78-78. ISSN 09671870

Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘Oak trees, timber conversion and the structure of traditional timber-frame buildingsBuilding Engineer , 90 (01), pp. 10-12. ISSN 0969-8213


Hippisley-Cox, C (2014) ‘Why Buying a House in France Still Represents the Best Overseas Property OptionBuilding Engineer , 89 (5), pp. 26-28. ISSN 0969-8213

Hippisley-Cox, C (2014) ‘Oak trees, carpentry traditions and timber conversionGreen Building , 24 (3), pp. 40-44. ISSN 1755-2400


Hippisley-Cox, C (2013) ‘Come into my parlour...Architectural Technology (107), p. 11. ISSN 1361-326X

Hippisley-Cox, C (2013) ‘Woodworm and spidersDesigning Buildings .

Hippisley-Cox, C (2013) ‘Conservation Training in Mainstream Construction’. In: Institute of Historic Building Conservation IHBC Yearbook. Wiltshire, UK: Cathedral Communications Limited. pp. 20-21. ISBN 978 1 900915 67 0


Hippisley-Cox, C (2012) ‘Spiders as Potential Bio-Predators for Controlling Woodworm InfestationBuilding Engineer , 87 (04), pp. 28-30. ISSN 0969-8213


Hippisley-Cox, C (2011) ‘Spiders Love WoodwormGreen Building , 21 (3), pp. 36-37.


Hippisley-Cox, C (2010) ‘Tickhill Castle Revisited: An Assessment of The Repair StrategyContext, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (117), pp. 21-22. ISSN 0958-2746

Hippisley-Cox, C (2010) ‘Dry Lining as a Method for Maintaining Comfort Levels Beneath Pitched Roofs; An Experimental Case StudyBuilding Engineer , 85 (09), pp. 16-17. ISSN 0969-8213


Hippisley-Cox, C (2009) ‘The Secret Garden SuburbContext, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (110), pp. 34-35.

Hippisley-Cox, C (2009) ‘Is it Rude To Point?Building Engineer , 84 (1), pp. 30-30. ISSN 0969-8213


Hippisley-Cox, C (2008) ‘Rediscovering Clay MortarsBuilding Engineer , 83 (1), pp. 28-29. ISSN 0969-8213


Hippisley-Cox, C (2007) ‘Soft As GraniteBuilding Engineer , 82 (6), pp. 28-29. ISSN 0969-8213


Hippisley-Cox, C (2005) ‘Feat Of ClayArchitectural Technology (62), pp. 18-19. ISSN 1361-326X


Charles has served on a number of committees as part of his membership of three professional bodies (IHBC, CIAT and CABE). He has had extensive experience both as an external examiner and as part of course validation processes.

Research Degree Supervision

Charles is looking to offer supervision for the following potential research topics:

  1. Philosophy of historic building repair techniques.
  2. The science of traditional building materials.
  3. Old buildings and sustainable principles.
  4. Stone decay processes, intervention and potential remedies.
  5. De-population and the disuse of traditional buildings in rural areas.
  6. Biomass as an alternative to wind farms on the islands of Western Scotland.
  7. Stone as a potentially carbon neutral building material.
  8. New possibilities for concrete within a responsible sustainable approach to materials
  9. Historic buildings as ecosystems
  10. New technology as a vehicle for heritage asset management.

Enterprise Activities

Charles has a number of on-going enterprise-driven collaborations including materials giants Marshalls and Blue Circle Cement (Lafarge). He is also considering entering a partnership with the University to explore a new building material which has potential to be globally significant.

Administrative Responsibilities

Course Leader for BSc Architectural Technology

Teaching and Professional Activities

Charles’ teaching includes design projects and refurbishment schemes. As well as being course leader, he runs the final year of Architectural Technology supervising technical reports, special studies and dissertations.


His main contribution is within the following modules for which he is module leader;

  • TIA 1422 Communications
  • TIA 1800 Applied Architectural Technology
  • THA 1201 Building Pathology
  • THA 1800 Advanced Architectural Technology
  • THA 1114 Special Study