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Investigators and Investigative Skills

Professional Services and Consultants


• Team members, professions
• Craftspeople, explain how they can contribute at the onset, example.

Specialists on a Team

Because architectural investigation requires a wide range of knowledge and many different skills, various people are likely to interact on the same project.

While homeowners frequently execute small-scale projects, more complex projects might be directed by a craftsman, an architect or a conservator.

For large-scale projects, a team approach may need to be adopted, consisting of professionals interacting with additional consultants. Consulting specialists may include architectural historians, architectural conservators, craftsmen, historic finish analysts, historians, archeologists, architects, curators, and many others. The scope and needs of a specific project dictate the skills of key players.

Architectural investigation often includes the related fields of landscape and archeological investigation. Landscape survey or analysis by horticulturists and landscape architects identify pre-existing features or plantings or those designed as separate or complementary parts of the site. Both above and below-ground archeology contribute information about missing or altered buildings, construction techniques, evidence of lifestyle and material culture, and about the evolution of the historic landscape itself.