Dr Cristina Gonzalez-Longo

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Dr Cristina González-Longo RIBA SCA RIAS FHEA FRSA is the founder and Director of the MSc in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at the Department of Architecture of the University of Strathclyde, where she has also created and is leading the Architectural Design and Conservation Research Unit (ADCRU). Her research group deals with the challenges of conserving built heritage while allowing changes to adapt historic buildings to contemporary uses, as well as the design of new buildings to conserve the environment,  which requires an interdisciplinary approach. After graduating at the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Madrid (ETSAM), Cristina spent three years in Rome with a scholarship from the Italian Government to study architectural conservation at the prestigious Specialisation School of the University of “La Sapienza”.  She is also a practising architect with over twenty years’ experience as a Chartered architect both in UK and Spain, is RIBA Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA) and is member of the RIBA Conservation Register Assessment Panel. She has had a central role in taking decisions concerning historic buildings of outstanding national importance and wide experience in leading the design, management and procurement of award winning architectural projects (both conservation and new build). She was the project architect and resident architect of Queensberry House, a Grade A Listed building, part of the new Scottish Parliament complex and designed Bowbridge Primary School in Newark (RICS Sustainability Award 2009). She is the President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) International Training Committee (CIF).

Prizes and awards

President of ICOMOS International Training Committee (CIF)
Notre Dame Design Competition
Elected Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

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Registered Architect, UK, Architects Registration Board, ARB

RIBA Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA), RIBA Conservation Register

Chartered Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA

Chartered Architect, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, RIAS

Chartered Architect, Spain. Incorporation of Architects in Asturias (Spain), COAA

PRINCE2 Foundation, Project Management

Diploma in Advanced Academic Studies, University of Strathclyde

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, FRSA



The Temple of Venus and Rome and Santa Francesca Romana at the Roman Forum : Preservation and Transformation
Gonzalez-Longo Cristina
Research in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation Research in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation (2020)
The architectural innovations of Mr James Smith of Whitehill (c.1645-1731) within the European context
Gonzalez-Longo Cristina
The Architecture of Scotland 1660-1750 (2020) (2020)
The roof structure of George Heriot's hospital chapel and roof design in Scotland during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Serafini Anna, González-Longo Cristina
The Architecture of Scotland, 1660-1750 (2020) (2020)
Achieving health and comfort in high-rise residential buildings by using dynamic-hybrid air permeable ceiling (DHAPC)
Mohd Sahabuddin Mohd Firrdhaus Bin, Gonzalez-Longo Cristina
American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Transactions Vol 125 (2020)
High-rise social housing in hot-humid climates : towards an 'airhouse' standard for comfort
Gonzalez-Longo Cristina, Mohd Sahabuddin Mohd Firrdhaus
Applied Sciences Vol 9 (2019)
Book review : Authenticity in architectural heritage conservation: discourses, opinions, experiences in Europe, South and East Asia edited by Katharina Weiler and Niels Gutschow, Cham, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2017, 345 pp., ISBN: 978-3-319-30522-6
Gonzalez-Longo Cristina
Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites Vol 21, pp. 136-140 (2019)

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Research interests

- Complex architectural conservation projects

- New design in historic cities, buildings, monuments and archaeological

- Reuse of historic buildings and monuments

- Environmental design and reduction of energy consumption

- Conservation theory

- Architectural history and the transformation of buildings

- Tendencies and restoration in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Scottish architecture

- Methods, strategies and instruments used by architects over the centuries in the transformation of a place.

- Conservation, Sustainable design and construction.

- Historic Construction technologies and systems

- Historic buildings, urban infrastructure and context

- Historic cities, buildings, monuments and local identity

- The Scottish Parliament building and the development of architecture and urban design in Scotland

- Architecture and archaeology

Professional activities

International Seminar on Urban Form (Event)
Architectural Conservation by Design
Architectural Conservation teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic: some front-line experiences and opportunities ahead
Saving the past to make the future: Conservation of Built Heritage by Design
ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) International Scientific Committee on Training (CIF) Webinar

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Sustainable impact by design: a pilot study of effective STEM dissemination for hard-to-reach audiences
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Co-investigator) Li, Rui (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Hendry, Martyn (Co-investigator) Yue, Hong (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator)
STEM Equals and RKES funding £10,000
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
“Cultural Heritage Actions to Refine Training, Education and Roles (CHARTER)”
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2024
Design Solutions for High-Rise Social Housing in Kuala Lumpur with Reference to Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Academic) Sahabuddin, Mohd Firrdhaus Mohd (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Host of Erasmus Trainee
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2016
Hosting Graduated Trainee
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Principal Investigator)
The work done during the traineeship provided by the Erasmus + Traineeship Programme at the Architecture’s Department of Strathclyde University (Glasgow, UK), in the Architectural Design & Conservation Area (ADCRU) can be divided into five sections: 1. Introduction and approach to the architecture of Scotland 2. Surveys, interviews to professionals, in situ visits, lectures 3. Processing data with software and approach to Microsoft Access software 4. Activities: video making and workshop 5. Indivual exercise: a reuse proposal for Gilbertfield Castle
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2016
Exploring the use of Image Processing to Survey and Quantitatively Assess Historic Buildings
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Principal Investigator) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator)
31-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2015

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