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The objectives of the Association are to

• advance the knowledge and practice of ecclesiastical architecture,
• uphold the professional integrity and the status of members,
• serve as a medium of friendly communication between members and others interested in ecclesiastical architecture,
• encourage facilities for the study of and training in the care of ecclesiastical buildings.

One means of achieving these objectives is the Syllabus, which provides a formal structure to the activities enjoyed by members at the various meetings held throughout the year (and over the course of a number of years).

The Syllabus is designed to cover a number of core areas fundamental to the knowledge of the average church architect or surveyor. The three main areas concern the fabric of the church building, and will be covered over a cycle of a few years:


1. Structure – the fabric as a system of structural loadpaths.
2. Environment – the fabric as a system to exclude the weather and to provide a suitable internal environment.
3. Materials – the fabric as a system of materials providing long-term resistance todecay and degradation.
The following aspects of church work are equally important, and will be covered over a longer cycle dependent on meeting venue etc.
4. Fixtures and fittings – memorials and monuments, stained glass, brass and ironwork, bells, wall-paintings, organs, artwork in churches etc.
5. Churchyards – graves and memorials, drainage, trees, wildlife, boundaries, retaining walls, ground movement etc.
6. Liturgical and historical aspects – re-ordering, extensions, extended and alternative uses of churches, closure and redundancy, the historical development of churches etc.
7. Practice and legislation – health and safety, CDM, procurement and tendering, grants and funding, surveys and investigations, spec and QIR writing, VAT, bats and other legislation affecting wildlife, accreditation etc.

The 2014/15 Syllabus will be based on sustainability issues in connection with churches and vicarages.

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