In Memoriam

Sir Bernard Feilden (1919-2008)

Bernard Feilden, who has died aged 89, was one of the world's best-known, most highly respected and influential conservation architects. Towering over his profession for nearly half a century, this mid-career latecomer to conservation designed some of the most inventive building repairs of the 20th century, influenced the direction of architectural training, consulted and taught internationally to great effect, and authored key texts in the field.
Bernard Melchior Feilden was a twin son with four brothers, born to Robert and Olive Feilden in Hampstead, London. His early years were spent in Canada, where his father (who had been gassed in the first world war) took the family for the sake of his health. His father drowned in a lake there, witnessed by the boy, and the family returned to Britain when Bernard was nine.

John Fidler

[click] Obituaries by John Fidler, The Guardian, London, 21 November 2008; by Alan Webster, The Independent, London, 20 November 2008; by Mark Nicholls, EDP24, Norfolk, 17 November 2008; by Mounir Bouchenaki, ICCROM, Rome, December 2008

[click] Introduction to conservation by Bernard M. Feilden, Director of ICCROM, 1979(pdf)


Bernard Feilden & Jacques Dalibard

Sir Bernard Feilden and ICOMOS Canada President Jacques Dalibard

Sir Bernard Feilden