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Chris O'Flaherty

Course Leader, MSc Building Conservation & Adaptation, Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering

Chris teaches across a range of architecture and construction courses, specialising in building conservation and adaptation. Having an MSc in Heritage and Building Conservation, Chris is an MRICS Chartered Building Surveyor with over 30 years of industry and academic experience.

Chris enjoys excellent links with a wide range of industry partners from the public and private sectors. These links prove of immense value in his course leadership and delivery of our MSc Building Conservation & Adaptation, ensuring the topics covered are grounded in relevant and up to the minute industry developments and benefit from excellent research and student work experience opportunities.

Chris began his career as a Building Surveyor in 1989, working in multi-disciplinary private practise and eventually specialising in work on historic buildings and sites. Achieving Professional Memberships of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1998 (MRICS), Chris furthered his specialist knowledge and experience by studying an MSc in Heritage & Building Conservation before setting up his own consultancy dealing with heritage projects in the property and development industries. Chris began teaching postgraduates architectural conservation students at UCLan in 2004 on a part time basis, before becoming a full time member of staff and then course leader for what is now the University of Central Lancashire's MSc Degree in Building Conservation & Adaptation. Alongside his teaching, Chris has developed a range of heritage projects with industry partners, including Historic England, the Lottery Fund and a number of local planning authorities and private consultancies. These have enhanced the teaching and learning experiences on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses, whilst providing excellent graduate career development prospects.