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, incruding the need for retrofitting for energy purposes. ADCRU also deals with the design of new and existing buildings to conserve the environment and adpt to the impact of climate change,  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



Tomorrow's Engineering Research Challenges : Visions from the UK Research Community
, Gonzalez-Longo Cristina
Architectural heritage and climate change : performance prediction of exposed natural building stone to rainfall through a combination of laboratory leaching tests and X-ray computed tomography
Giovelli Noemi, Gonzalez-Longo Cristina, Davidson Christine
International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2021 (2021)
International Conservation Case Studies
Gonzalez-Longo Cristina, Watts Katherine, Chandler Alan, Price Janie, Beck Deniz, Clarke Gordon, Kelly James, Jury Janet, Davies Alan, McGregor Malcolm, O'Connor Catriona, Joynt Anna, Rich Geoff
Internationa[ Conservation Case Studies Internationa[ Conservation Case Studies (2021)
BIM for the conservation of early reinforced concrete buildings
Mohd Alayudin Ammar Zuhdi Bin, Gonzalez-Longo Cristina
Doctoral School Multidisciplinary Symposium 2021 (2021)
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)

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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

Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA (External organisation)
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Domus Award (External organisation)
ICOMOS CIF 2022 Symposium
AHRC RICHeS workshop
Espacios Increibles 2022

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The Conservation of the Monteath Mausoleum at the Glasgow Necropolis
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Principal Investigator)
Sustainable impact by design: a pilot study of effective STEM dissemination for hard-to-reach audiences
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Co-investigator) Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Hendry, Martyn (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator) Giovelli, Noemi (Post Grad Student) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Li, Rui (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Yue, Hong (Co-investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator)
STEM Equals + RKES funded project
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships (SP) (KA202): “RE-VET European Training Curriculum for Restoration Workers”
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
“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

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