Paul Drury FSA MRICS IHBC established the practice (as Paul Drury: Historic environment policy and practice) in 1997, following five years as Director of English Heritage’s London Region, and 25 years previous experience as a chartered surveyor, archaeologist and architectural historian in both the public and private sectors. He is particularly interested in the concept and dynamics of historic area conservation, and major secular buildings of the 16th and 17th centuries.

He is a Fellow (and currently a Council Member) of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and has published some 60 monographs and papers on aspects of archaeology, architectural history and landscape analysis, as well as conservation practice. He was the chair of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Heritage Committee in 2003-4 .

Anna McPherson Dip Arch (Brighton) RIBA IHBC FRSA is a conservation architect with over 30 years’ experience principally in historic environment policy and practice gained at English Heritage, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the (then) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and in the private sector. She joined the practice (which was re-established as The Paul Drury Partnership) as a partner in October 2002.

Anna has a particular interest in the understanding and management of historic areas, including the impact of new buildings on historic places, and specialises in formulating policy and guidance for the historic environment. She rewrote and updated English Heritage’s conservation area guidance and has been closely involved in the development of English Heritage’s Conservation Principles. She is the business manager for the practice and is responsible for the overall management and delivery of projects.

Anna holds a Diploma in Architecture (Brighton), is registered with ARB, and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, as well as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

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