Specialist Knowledge in Conservation Architecture

Cowan Architects offer a full range of specialist architectural services for the repair and alteration of ecclesiastical buildings, as well as the design of new buildings and extensions in historic settings. Ecclesiastical conservation work has been an important part of the Practice since its foundation 35 years ago, and our team has maintained a presence advising on the repair and alteration of churches for several decades.


Who We Are/What We Do

Our historic buildings team are passionate about conserving, repairing, adapting and extending church buildings.  Members of our team act as the Inspecting Architect for over a dozen churches across the South-East of England, ranging from ancient Saxon buildings, to mid-20th Century modern buildings.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of local materials and church building types, how to repair them, and how to appropriately alter them to suit 21st Century worship.  We have an excellent relationship with Chichester DAC and are approved to act as Inspecting Architects in Diocese in the South-East of England.

We are currently engaged in a wide selection of ecclesiastical projects, ranging from small interventions to major repair and alteration works.

Relevant Information

We hold accreditations with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA) level, and with the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC).

Jonathan Cerowski, who leads our heritage team, sits on Chichester’s Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) as an Architect Member.

We are a member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA), the learned society founded in 1872 to advance the knowledge and practice of ecclesiastical architecture.

We advise the National Trust, as one of their Specialist Conservation Advisors, and sit on the Society for the Protection of Ancient Building’s (SPAB) Sussex Committee.

We sit on the Approved Architect Lists for the Diocese of Chichester, Winchester, Portsmouth, Rochester, Canterbury, and London.

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