Daniela Dobrescu-Parr

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Daniela Dobrescu-Parr

Haddington, UK
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Daniela Dobrescu-Parr
Non Equity Partner and Senior Architect

I have a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the heritage environment. I have over nineteen years experience working throughout Scotland dealing with the preservation/ sustainability of Listed Buildings/ Ancient Monuments.
I have experience leading various teams of consultants, dealing with a range of clients/ stakeholders, local authorities, funding bodies; carried out feasibility studies, explored innovative approaches.
Working as a District Architect for Historic Scotland, I dealt with organising/ planning the annual masonry contract works/ other improvements/ presentation projects at Edinburgh Castle, thus ensure that the monument is kept in good working order, all the issues that arise in the case of such a prominent monument are dealt with swiftly/ successfully.
My site experience dealing with delicate on site technical/ contractual situations taught me to communicate succinctly/ clearly. I have self-confidence, work knowledge of the basics of good communications skills. I use a structured self management approach thus create the consistent quality delivery as planned/ expected. I employ time/ project management skills, emotional control, calmness, professionalism, discipline, team building, leadership, needed to achieve clearer decisions, a successful outcome, help act competently through tough situations. I combine the idea of an Iterative Methodology with the a flexible Real Time Collaboration approach, thus achieve a work management framework that will enable me/ my team to deliver more projects with higher success rates, build time and people efficient processes in a real time continuous improvement environment, while managing the day-to-day tasks seamlessly in the stream of structured work.

Work Experience

Non Equity Partner and Senior Architect
The Morrison Partnership – Edinburgh
October 2007 to June 2011
242 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh – 18 October 2007 – 30 June 2011.
The Egyptian Halls, Union Street, Glasgow – The Morrison Partnership – Non Equity Partner and Senior Architect
Grade A Listed 1874 warehouse type building in Glasgow designed by Alexander Greek Thomson.
Repair and refurbishment scheme including negotiations with Local Authorities and helping with negotiations with various funding bodies (ongoing).

District Architect, Edinburgh Castle and South
March 2004 to October 2007
in charge of the annual masonry contract works and other small improvements/ presentation projects at Edinburgh Castle; contribute to assessing grant cases in Edinburgh; comment on TCRE publications.

Project Architect
The Morrison Partnership – Edinburgh
October 1996 to March 2004
242 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh – 21 October 1996 – 1 March 2004.
Corgarff Military Bridges, Aberdeenshire, for Gordon Enterprise Trust (Currently Gordon Enterprise North East Trust) – Project Architect – Contract value £200,000.
Grade B Listed and Scheduled Monuments. Four year programme to save and consolidate three 18th Century military bridges. Completed in September 2001. Prepared, with consultants, a feasibility study and a measured survey. Provided information on emergency works and future repairs and consolidation works. Dealt with grant applications and negotiations with Historic Scotland and Enterprise body.

Project Architect
Clatt Auld Kirk, Clatt, Aberdeenshire – for Gordon Enterprise Trust – Gordon, Aberdeenshire, UK
August 2003 to August 2003
– Contract value £100,000.
Grade B Listed, with townscape and historic significance. Pre-Reformation structure. Severely altered in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. The Kirk is owned and used by the Clatt village. Works consist of a range of repair proposals and include negotiation with Authorities and funding bodies. The project is funded by HLF and Historic Scotland. The completion of project: 1 August 2003.

Newark Castle, Selkirk – for Buccleuch Estates
Grade A Listed 15th Century ruined castle. Working as an Architectural Consultant with Peter Stephen & Partners, the team leader.

The ruined structure is Grade A Listed and it was built in the early 15th century. Advising with the structural engineers on the preservation and consolidation of the monument in a sensitive manner.
Long term (5 to 6 years minimum) anticipated programme of repairs. Advising on its presentation and phased consolidation works.

Neidpath Castle, Peebles – for Weymss & March Estates
Grade A Listed 15th Century Castle. Advising on its conservation and other architectural matters.

Butterstone School, Pethshire
19th Century school. Phase 1 roof repair works (completed). Consultancy support to Peter Stephen & Partners.

The Egyptian Halls, Glasgow – for Union Street Properties – Project Architect – Contract value 12 million.

Grade A Listed 1874 warehouse type building designed by Alexander Greek Thomson. Repair and refurbishment scheme. Negotiations with Local Authorities and helping with negotiations with various funding bodies (on-going). On going.

The Tower, Portobello – for M. Noble Amusements Arcade – Project Architect – Contract value £300,000.

Grade B Listed 1785 Tower structure and 19th Century Victorian Grade C(S) Listed extension. Repair and refurbishment scheme. Negotiations with Local Authorities and helping with negotiations with various funding bodies. All masonry and roof repairs completed. Internal fit out – ongoing.

19 Abbey Road, Dalkeith, Edinburgh – for Mr. & Mrs. Smaley – Project Architect
B listed two storey stone built house extension. Contract value £ 120,000.
Innovative use of laser cutting for the new organic design steel structure in collaboration with John Addison of Peter Stephen & Partners. Lime built new masonry to the extension.

The Corn Exchange, Kelso.
Proposed conversions and repairs.
Existing historic mid 19th Century building, one of the very few remaining Corn Exchange buildings (designed by David Cousin of Edinburgh). Listed Grade B.
Prepared proposals to assess the feasibility of sympathetic conversion of the redundant Corn Exchange liable to modern commercial uses that are sustainable.

Other projects: Minor house alterations and extensions to various buildings within Edinburgh, including Listed Buildings.

New footbridges designed in collaboration with John Addison of Peter Stephen & Partners are listed below:

The City of York Bridge Competition
The City of York Bridge Competition
1997 to 1997
1997 (participated but unsuccessful).

The Hadrian’s Bridge
The Hadrian’s Bridge – Carlisle
1997 to 1997

Project Architect
Towie Church – Towie
May 1994 to October 1996
Prepared fabric survey and report containing recommendations for phased repairs.
Tower of Lethendy, Perthshire – Project Architect – Contract Value £1.8 million.
The development was for a Canadian family planning to make Scotland part of their lives, and involves repairs to the 16th Century Tower and internal alterations and repairs to the Victorian extension.
Prepared a schedule of repair to the original 16th Century Tower House and of the late Victorian Baronial extension. Reorganised the existing layout of the Victorian extension and designed some of the new internal decorations including new sandstone and marble fireplaces and three new highly decorated plaster ceilings.

Mayen House, Mayen Estate, Morrayshire – Architect – Contract Value £1 million.
The work was for a private individual and included repairs, internal alterations and a new extension to an existing Georgian House.
Carried out a full measured, and building fabric survey. Provided information for Planning and Listed Building consent, and for Warrant and tendering.
Craigston Castle, Aberdeenshire – Project Architect – Contract Value £30,000.
The project was for minor repairs and internal alterations to the south-east wing of a 17th Century castle.
Carried out a measured and building fabric survey and prepared schemes for client approval. Prepared information for Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent.

Head of Loch Long
Footbridge – Argyllshire
1996 to 1996
Footbridge at Mayen, Banffshire – 1997.
Participated in the following competitions (also with Peter Stephen & Partners):-

Architectural Assistant on various projects carrying out different tasks
Simpson & Brown Architects – Edinburgh
January 1993 to April 1994
179 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN – January 1993 – April 1994
Worked as Architectural Assistant on various projects carrying out different tasks.
Carried out survey of the building and fabric producing the information by drawings and photographic record, prepared presentation drawings, proposals for repairs and conversion for the following projects:
Archerfield House, Dirleton: For conversion into Golf and Country Club.
Auchinleck House, Ayrshire: For repairs and reinstatement of the original house layout.
North Gray’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh: Proposals to reinstate Bishop Sydserf’s House based on reconstruction of evidence, as a conversion to flats.
The Pavilion, North Berwick: Conversion to Seabird Information Centre.
Provided information for gaining Listed Building Consent, Planning Approvals and Building Warrant Approvals, and carried out site inspections as well as surveying the property and providing presentation schemes and reports for the following projects.
House of Gray, Dundee: For repairs and conversion to New Hotel and Golf Club.
Strathisla Distillery, Keith: Courtyard buildings and Linn House repairs and alterations to visitors’ centre and guest lodge. Contract value £1.6 million. Also used Claris CAD for preparing some of the production information.
14 Jordan lane, Edinburgh: Repairs and alterations to private house.
Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island: Renew lead roof Phase 1.
Loretto School, Musselburgh: Alterations and extensions to the School House, contract value £360,000.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – London
April 1992 to December 1992
Participated on the SPAB Scholarship Course in Building Repairs and Conservation. This course covered research, theoretical work and hands on experience with different conservation techniques across Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. Worked on various churches, houses, stately homes, and outbuildings.

Conservation Architects Office
D. Stefan Conservation Architects Office – Bucuresti
1990 to 1991
Bucharest, Romania – Post Graduate Appointment
Museum SIBIU – various repairs, restoration, alterations and improvements (produced Planning and Building Warrant levels of drawings and specification for the alterations and extension works; on site experience during repairs and conservation works including 18th Century mural paintings conservation)
Dorin Stefan Architects Office, Bucharest, Romania September 1990 – end of August 1991.
Bruckenthal Museum, Sibiu: Phase 1 Repairs and restoration to the old museum including alterations/ improvements to accommodate Phase 2.


Diploma in Architecture
Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University – Edinburgh
1993 to 1994
Royal Institute of British Architects

Additional Information

Qualifications: Diploma in Architecture (Part 3), (1993-1994), External student, Department of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

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