MSc student presents award-winning dissertation

Building Conservation (Technology and Management) graduate, Scott McGibbon, has presented his award-winning dissertation research at the Heritage Research Showcase event which took place on 18 and 19 February at Edinburgh's Surgeons' Hall.

Scott completed the MSc in Building Conservation (Technology and Management) in 2013 and performed exceptionally well in his dissertation for which he received an 'A'. He also achieved the Highly Commended Award for his submission to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) International Innovation & Research Awards 2013, in the Masters Dissertation Award category.

Scott's dissertation, 'Stonemasonry Skills Development: Two Case Studies of Historic Buildings in Scotland', was supervised by Dr Mohamed Abdel-Wahab who said "I am very proud of Scott as he has been an exemplary student. He is self-motivated, diligent, and hardworking. He takes on board feedback and always attempts to improve his work."

McGibbon is an experienced and qualified stonemasonry consultant/contractor with nearly thirty years of experience in the diagnosis and application of appropriate masonry repairs to the built heritage. He was involved in numerous prestigious projects, including Edinburgh's Scott Monument and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. He started his career as a Historic Scotland apprentice, then moved on to owning and running his own stonemasonry and conservation company.

He currently works as a lecturer in traditional skills, of which he stated "I have encountered differing levels of skills, knowledge and technology for historic building repair across all professions, therefore, this research thesis was an exciting prospect, to bring together a lifelong vocation in the built heritage".