Sustainable building and heritage conservation

Jue is interested in how traditional building arts and crafts can be applied to modern construction, making them more sustainable, beautiful and affordable as well as conserving heritage buildings sympathetically.

She approaches projects with creativity and care while utilising multidisciplinary skills to produce top quality results.

Jue has recently completed the Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Programme, which is a Traditional skills course centred around cross trade learning through placements and livebuilds. While working with master craftspeople, she focused predominately on traditional plasters and sympathetically repairing old buildings.

Latest project and commissions:

My final placement for the Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Programme was with Karl Claydon in February 2020 working on various projects mainly in Lancashire.

My third placement was with Phillip Gaches restoring Apethorpe Palace in Apethorpe, Northamptonshire. With him, I mainly focused on the construction of a lath and plaster vaulted ceiling and ran the cornice in situ.

During my last week working with Phillip I learned the basics of plaster assesment as we assessed the vaulted nave ceiling in Canterbury Cathedral.

Placement no. 2 was with Alex Gibbons of Stick in the Mud Conservation and fellow course mate, Wouter Van Hest in Canonbie, South Scotland where we worked on the sympathetic restoration of a 1700s crook frame and cob bothy.

During our two weeks there, we focused on laying down the turf and thatch roof, tamping an earthen plinth and repointing the earth and cobble floor.

My first placement was November 2019 at Locker and Riley‘s artisan plaster workshops in Essex where I learned how to tradtionally mould and cast fiberous enrichments and cornice. I also designed and cast my own relief.


Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Programme Live build.

Dumfries House Estate, Scotland

Pagoda in the Walled Garden. August to October 2019 I worked with a team of seven other craftspeople on the programme and tutor by Owen McClatchey.

Cob, timber frame, and thatched People’s shelter Dumfries House Home Farm. 

October 2019 I worked with a  small team of course mates and Alex Gibbons of Stick in the Mud Conservation to plaster the inner and outer walls.

Outside render is a traditional hand harled finish.

Walled Garden Tearoom Gates. I collaborated with my course mates October 2019 to construct these gates. I mostly helped with the iron work, doing the decorative details.

Ironwork designed and made by Jeremy Cash of Blue Jay Metal Crafts


 Chatham University’s Sustainable campus, Eden Hall. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

These are two very large scale earth plastered and cob relief walls I designed and sculpted at Chatham University’s sustainable Eden Hall campus. They are in the Commons building which opened Spring 2016

Both the White Pine and the Sugar Maple are native to Pennsylvania, the home of Chatham University. The White Pine is also the Iroquois symbol of Peace. The Seneca, part Iroquois nation are native to Pennsylvania. The eagle looks out and keeps the peace in the four directions represented by the four roots. Each of the five, now six tribes buried a weapon ( as they no longer needed weapons of war)  under the White Pine, represented by a club under the tree.

A sculptural cob arch completed August, 2015 at MOA farm, Mottingeramt, Austria.

cob relief scultpure tree

Cob sculptural wall I designed and sculpted 2009 for Sota Construction Service’s office building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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