About Us

Jennifer Austin  BSc(Arch) MHeritCons(Hons) FSA Scot

Studying at the University of Sydney, Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) in 1998 and continued her studies at the university to receive a Masters degree (with honours) in Heritage Conservation in 2002. Whilst studying, Jen gained experience working for Brian McDonald + Associates as a research assistant, followed by employment as a heritage consultant with Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants in Sydney, Australia.

Jen participated in the US/ICOMOS summer internship programme in 2003, where she worked for the US National Parks Service at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina; researching and recording several lighthouses and a weather station.

At the end of 2003, Jen joined Simpson & Brown Architects in Edinburgh where she led and managed their Architectural History Team, becoming an Associate in 2005.  Highlights of her time at Simpson & Brown include Conservation Management  Plans for Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute; Dumfries House and Estate in Ayrshire; and the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle.

Jen established Austin Heritage Consultants in 2010 and was based in Moray, Scotland.  Relocating to Lincoln at the end of 2011, Jen is currently based and working from (and while completing work to) a Grade II* listed, early 19th century house in the heart of the historic cathedral city.

Whilst based in Lincolnshire, Jen has maintained links to Scotland through work with the National Trust for Scotland, as well as private landowners.  She has also developed a significant portfolio of work throughout Lincolnshire and further afield, with numerous projects based in and around the London metropolitan area.

Specialist Interests

With a specialist interest in the history and conservation of architectural ceramics, as well as materials conservation in general, Jen was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further study the use and conservation of terracotta in the USA and the UK, which she undertook in 2004.

Her experience as a US/ICOMOS intern reinforced her interest in lighthouses and their associated structures.

Affiliations & Memberships

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Member, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
Member, The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
Member, The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society