Martin Weaver Conservation Consultant Inc.

28 Sheahan Crescent, Nepean, Ontario CANADA K2H 8M2
560 Riverside Drive, 12B. New York, New York 10027 USA
Nepean Tel: (613) 596-1251 Fax: (613) 596-4926.
New York Tel: (212) 866-3540 Fax: (212) 866-1986
E-mail: mewcci@msn.com

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Professor Martin E Weaver AA Dipl

  • Diploma of the Architectural Association of London. 1961.


  • Past President, and member of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee.
  • Past President and Life Member of the Association for Preservation Technology.
  • Past President and member of the Canadian Association for the Conservation of Cultural Property, formerly the International Institute for Conservation - Canadian Group.
  • Associate of the American Institute for Conservation; Past Chairman of the Architectural Conservation Specialty Group.
  • Associate of the International Institute for Conservation.
  • Member of ICOMOS International.
  • Member of ICOMOS Canada.
  • Member of the ICOMOS International Rock Art Committee.
  • Member of the Cornwall Archaeological Society.
  • Member, past chairman of the Ottawa Group of Conservators.
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Conservation.
  • Member Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee of the Getty Grant Program, Santa Monica, California. (appointed 1993)


  • 1990 Alcan Lecture of the Year at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.
  • 1991 Canadian Parks Service Award of the Canadian Government for exceptional and significant contributions to the conservation of Canadian heritage.
  • 1991 two restoration projects awarded the Thomas B McQuestin Award for Architectural Conservation awarded by the Hamilton-Niagara Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
  • 1993 Harley McKee Award of the Association for Preservation Technology International for outstanding contributions to the field of preservation technology.
  • 1995, in recognition of his work on the international development of conservation science and technology, invited to travel to Japan to lecture and visit historic sites as a guest of the Japanese government.
  • 1997 appointed as the "opponent" or external examiner by the University of G–teborg, Sweden, for the first doctoral dissertation in the conservation field in Sweden.


A leading international specialist in the conservation of historic buildings and sites, Martin Weaver has an international conservation consultant practice based in Nepean, Ontario, Canada and in New York where he is also a Professor at Columbia University and Director of the Center for Preservation Research.

1991 - continuing
Director of the Center for Preservation Research, and Professor in charge of the conservation sector of the Historic Preservation Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York.

1988 - continuing
Full-time private conservation consultant practice - Martin Weaver Conservation Consultant Inc.

Director of Education, Technical Services and Conservation Services for the Heritage Canada Foundation.

Head of Training and Conservation Technical Services, Restoration Services Division, Engineering and Architecture Branch, Parks Canada, Canadian Federal Government.

Research Associate with the Department of Anthropology, University of London, working on the recording and conservation of Paleolithic cave art in Spain.

Consultant to the Historic Buildings Division of the Greater London Council working on the emergency recording of medieval buildings and buildings of the industrial revolution.

Three UNESCO consultant missions in Iran, with associated reports published by UNESCO in Paris. Working on the conservation of medieval Islamic monuments .

Visiting Ford Foundation professor, lecturer in architectural conservation, Restoration Department, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Restoration architect with the Historic Buildings Division, Department of Architecture, Greater London Council.

Worked as a surveyor, conservator and site supervisor on archaeological excavations in Greece, Iran, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Canadian Arctic - on periods ranging from 20,000 BC to the Victorian era.

Professor Weaver has been a guest lecturer at 14 North American, European and Asian universities and has published many professional articles on both sides of the Atlantic. (A complete bibliography and a list of lectures are available) He has also made a number of television and documentary film appearances in Canada and the USA.

Martin Weaver's textbook CONSERVING BUILDINGS: A Guide to Techniques and Materials, was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York, in November 1992. The Second Edition of this successful and now standard reference work was published in paperback as CONSERVING BUILDINGS: A MANUAL OF TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS in April 1997.

He has long specialized in the conservation of stone and historic masonry. In recent years among many other stone conservation projects, he has been commissioned by the Canadian government to carry out major studies on sandstone deterioration and conservation issues on the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. This work is ongoing.

He has also worked on the conservation of heritage masonry structures for the United States federal government; the governments of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S.Virgin Islands and Washington State; and the Canadian provincial governments of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland. After writing the first articles to be published in Canada to discuss the deterioration of historic buildings caused by acid precipitation, many of his recent studies and publications have been concerned with the effects of acid rain and atmospheric pollution on heritage structures and outdoor sculptures.

Martin Weaver also specializes in wood conservation. His work as president of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee was particularly important because it led to the development of the International Wood Conservation Technology course in Norway. He directed the small group that developed the curriculum in Norway and has lectured on the course regularly every two years since the course was first founded. He has published and lectured extensively on wood conservation and particularly on bio-deterioration and the development of safe pesticidal and preservative treatments. He has worked in British Columbia on totem pole conservation for the provincial government and for the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. He has specialized in the study and treatment of termite attacks in wood in historic buildings in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Martin Weaver has also long specialized in studies on the unique problems posed by the preservation of industrial heritage and some of the great works of modern architecture. Major studies have included the deterioration and conservation of twentieth century building materials and systems; locomotives and rolling stock; stationary steam engines; and a WW II German submarine - the U-505 in Chicago.