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Natalia Burakowska

Natalia Burakowska

Heritage & Conservation Researcher
2013 - 2022

"Old buildings fascinate me. When you think you understand them, you soon realise that there is so much more to discover. "

Natalia joined Page\Park in 2013, after studying Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Natalia recently graduated in 2019 with a Master’s in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at The University of Strathclyde. Natalia is also a fully fledged member of  Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

She initially joined us to work on a joint research project, recording and documenting the monuments of the Glasgow Necropolis, a project that she went on to lead, welcoming a series of intern students to the practice to record the monuments over a four year period. Natalia’s principle role with the practice is lead researcher and conservation adviser, involved in the production of reports and documentation recording and assessing historic buildings.

Natalia has a passion for historic buildings, and a meticulous approach to researching, recording, and establishing appropriate methodologies. Her most notable achievement with the practice is the establishment of a unique methodological approach to the reconstruction of the Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art. Natalia led the reconstruction of the room from first principles, carrying out surveying, research, 3D modelling, and engagement with craftsmen, as well as educational outreach about the significance of the project. She has also been closely involved in pioneering BIM for heritage recording and reconstruction, with her work being presented across the United Kingdom at BIM4Heritage events.

As a highly engaging public speaker, Natalia frequently speaks at symposia and conferences about the conservation of our built heritage, with particular emphasis on her ground breaking work on the Mackintosh Library. The most notable of which was the presentation of a paper on reconstruction methodology to ICOMOS in 2018. Along with her colleague John Brown, Natalia has been instrumental in the establishment of an education/industry link with the conservation department at KU Leuven University in Belgium, a collaboration that seeks to engage on a European level about the importance of conservation methodology and technological advancement in the recording of our built environment.