Ivor McElveen (Conservation Engineer)
BAI MA CEng FIEI
Chartered Engineer, with over 40 years experience in the public and private sectors being onetime a senior executive with the IDA-Ireland, and also a former Director of John Sisk & Sons Ltd.
Ivor is the founding member of the practice and is actively involved in all projects, specialising in masonry works, structure and fabric appraisals.
Prior to establishing a Conservation Consultancy practice in Wexford in 1998, lived in the Czech Republic engaged as chairman and chief executive of a large private restituted estate comprising extensive agricultural lands; forestry plantations; industrial holdings; buildings which included seven castles all of which were of architectural and historical significance.
Before taking up the foregoing post in 1994, was an advisor to a Czech Government Minister being appointed by the European Commission in 1990.
Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and recipient of the First John Ashurst Prize awarded by English Heritage from West Dean College, Chichester. Holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation from Trinity College Dublin and was awarded a Gratias Agit Laureate by the Czech Government in 2011 in recognition of services rendered to the Czech nation.
Serves on the executive committee of ICOMOS Ireland and is its representative to the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH). A former Chairman of the Building Limes Forum Ireland and currently Chair of its Technical & Standards Committee, and director of the HLM Project. He is Chairman of the recently formed Conservation Group within Engineers Ireland (EI), also serves on the Committee of The EI Heritage Society, is a member of the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland, An Taisce and the Irish Georgian Society.
As a Chartered Surveyor, in the 1960’s, Ivor recorded the 19th century Ouzel Galley Commercial Buildings which is now part of the Central Bank and Sir Thomas Ivory’s 18th century Blue Coat School (Kings Hospital) Blackhall Place, now home to the Law Society.
Yvonne Doyle (Conservator & Conservation Adviser)
BA MA (RTPI) Dip UD
Yvonne joined the practice in 2013. She is an MA graduate and a chartered Planner (RTPI accredited) and is currently studying a part-time postgraduate diploma, Conservation of Buildings, Interiors and Sites (PDD Building Cons) at West Deane College in association with English Heritage.
She has brought with her wide ranging work experience as a Planning and Conservation Adviser from the UK and Ireland (public and private sectors) where she has worked on a many sensitive planning applications impacting on Listed Structures and within Conservation Areas where extensive historical research, assessments, surveying and documentation was required. She has surveyed and assisted with design and supervision of repair works to many historic and vernacular buildings and structures and has prepared Conservation Area Character Appraisals, Impact Assessments and Conservation Management Plans.
Yvonne also participated in a three month Building Conservator Traineeship Israel based at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Acre which was focused on acquiring practical conservation knowledge and skills. Projects included documenting an Ottoman era courtyard and preparation of Condition Survey and Conservation Management Plan for use by the occupiers as well as participating in practical conservation repair training using lime at The Walls of King David`s Tomb and the Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem and on mosaics and historic renders at Caesarea. She also assisted in uncovering and recording rare painted wall art decoration from the 1920’s in Tel Aviv with The Techelet Organisation.
She has a very keen interest in traditional & vernacular building materials, decorative fabric and detailing and in particular in the identification, design and use of traditional lime & mud mortars, plasters and renders. Yvonne is a member of The Technical & Standards Committee with The Building Limes Forum Ireland (BLFI) and a member of The Institute of Historic Building Consultants (IHBC) and The Irish Georgian Society.
David Sweetman (Archaeologist)
MA MRIA FSA.
David Sweetman is a former Chief Archaeologist of both the OPW and Duchas, and entered private practice after retiring from the OPW in 2003. While with the OPW he was inter alia responsible for the restorative interpretation of Trim Castle as well as being the General Editor of numerous Archaeological Inventories.
For over 30 years in public service he has worked on a wide variety of archaeological projects including Newgrange and many important excavations on medieval sites. David is an internationally recognised authority on Irish medieval buildings and structures with specific expertise in tower houses.
In private practice he has worked on many ecclesiastical sites and buildings, castles and tower houses, specialising in medieval structures.
He has published widely in various journals including the Proceedings of The Royal Irish Academy. His books include Irish Castles and Fortified Houses (1995) and The Medieval Castles of Ireland (1999). He has also collaborated on many other publications on medieval architecture. In 2007 he was honoured in a special publication celebrating his contribution to archaeology, From Ringforts to Fortified Houses.
David is a member of The Royal Irish Academy being a onetime Vice-President and currently serving on a Publication Committee. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Irish Representative on the Committee Permanent of Chateau Gaillard, the Irish Representative of the Castle Studies Group and other related societies.
Main areas of expertise come within the following headings: – Medieval archaeology and architecture specialising in ecclesiastical sites and fortified buildings, including town walls and tower houses; survey and recording; permit applications and archaeological reports; public consultations.
When required Ivor McElveen Associates retains the services of Roger Goodwillie, Consultant Ecologist, in environmental matters.
Rory Curtis (Engineer)
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NCEA Dip Eng MIEI
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