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Dennis Rodwell
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Dennis Rodwell, MA, DipArch(Cantab), DipFrench(Open), RIBA, FRIAS, FSA Scot, FRSA, IHBC, is an architect-planner. He works internationally in the field of cultural heritage, focused on the promotion and achievement of best practice in the management of historic sites and cities of all dates and periods up to and including present day. Previously a principal in private practice as a conservation architect, he has also served in local government posts as conservation officer, urban designer, project manager and principal planner, and successfully promoted the rescue of a number of historic buildings at risk. He writes and publishes widely on the theme of conservation and sustainability in historic cities and is recognised as the leading architect-planner specialist in the field.

He is a graduate in architecture of the University of Cambridge (Clare College; Department of Architecture), where his theses embraced architectural and urban conservation in Western Europe and urban conservation and regeneration in the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.

Fluent in French, he also has competences in other European languages.


1998 to date, International Consultant in Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Urban Development
  • Clients include the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Division of Cultural Heritage, World Bank, European Commision, Council of Europe, German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Charleston World Heritage Coalition, British Council and United Kingdom Local Authority World Heritage Forum together with divers further international and municipal governmental and non-governmental organisaitons.
     Interim Posts:
  • 2010-2011, Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative Project Officer, Scottish Borders Council, Scotland.
  • 2009, Principal Planner (Heritage and Design), Burnley Borough Council, England.
  • 1999-2003, Conservation Officer and Urban Designer, Derby City Council, England.
1975-1998, Principal, Dennis Rodwell Architects, Edinburgh and Melrose, Scotland
  • Clients include the Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils, Isle of Man Government, Scottish Development Agency, and the National Trust for Scotland.
1966-1975, Posts in private practice and local government in London and Edinburgh
  • 1973-75, Architect, Thomas Smith, Gibb and Pate, Edinburgh (new build and conservation)
  • 1972-73, Architect, Corporation of London, City of London (team design architect for the City of London School for Boys, Thames Embankment)
  • 1970-71, Architectural Assistant, Hurd Rolland Partnership, Edinburgh (conservation)
  • 1969-70, Architectural Assistant, Shaw Stewart and Perry, Edinburgh (new build and alterations)
  • 1966, Technical Assistant, Parsons Brown and Partner, London (traffic and civil engineering consultancy)
Complementary Activities
  • 1991-1994, Initiation of Development: Britannia Music Hall, Glasgow.
  • 1988-1993, Founding Chairman and Trustee: Trimontium Trust and Trimontium Museum Trust, Melrose, south-east Scotland.
  • 1985-2003, Property Development and Management: Melrose Station, Melrose.
  • 1981-84 and 1987-90, Member, Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee.
  • 1973 onwards, research and publication; teaching and capacity-building.
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