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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.
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:
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.
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 woodworm’ The 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 Wall’ Natural History , 123 (3), pp. 48-48. ISSN 0028-0712
Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘Carpentry Traditions and Timber-Frame Buildings’ Context, 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 cavity’ Birdwatch , 272 (272), pp. 78-78. ISSN 09671870
Hippisley-Cox, C (2015) ‘Oak trees, timber conversion and the structure of traditional timber-frame buildings’ Building 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 Option’ Building Engineer , 89 (5), pp. 26-28. ISSN 0969-8213
Hippisley-Cox, C (2014) ‘Oak trees, carpentry traditions and timber conversion’ Green 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 spiders’ Designing 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 Infestation’ Building Engineer , 87 (04), pp. 28-30. ISSN 0969-8213
Hippisley-Cox, C (2011) ‘Spiders Love Woodworm’ Green Building , 21 (3), pp. 36-37.
Hippisley-Cox, C (2010) ‘Tickhill Castle Revisited: An Assessment of The Repair Strategy’ Context, 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 Study’ Building Engineer , 85 (09), pp. 16-17. ISSN 0969-8213
Hippisley-Cox, C (2009) ‘The Secret Garden Suburb’ Context, 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 Mortars’ Building Engineer , 83 (1), pp. 28-29. ISSN 0969-8213
Hippisley-Cox, C (2007) ‘Soft As Granite’ Building Engineer , 82 (6), pp. 28-29. ISSN 0969-8213
Hippisley-Cox, C (2005) ‘Feat Of Clay’ Architectural 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.
Charles is looking to offer supervision for the following potential research topics:
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.
Course Leader for BSc Architectural Technology
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;