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About Quid Tum
"Preservation is as much about people as it is about buildings". This is the guiding principle of Quid Tum. More than thirty-five years professional experience in the documentation, repair, restoration and maintenance of historic buildings in both the public and private sector, and project or teaching experience in more than thirty states and several countries, have shaped this philosophy and the technical skills behind it. Conserving the built environment is far more than just "restoring old buildings". It's fundamentally about sustaining liveable communities, maintaining a sense of place, and building on the skills and knowledge of people who created those features of the built environment that we value most.

"Whatever is goode in its kinde ought to be preserv’d in respect for antiquity, as well as our present advantage, for destruction can be profitable to none but such as live by it." - Nicholas Hawksmoor, on the rebuilding of All Saints College, Oxford, 17 February, 1715 

"You too proceed! Make falling arts your care, erect new wonders and the old repair" - Alexander Pope.

"We shape our buildings, thereafter our buildings shape us" - Winston Churchill

"Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them." - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961

"It used to be that old buildings were universally understood to be less valuable than new. Now it is almost universally understood that old buildings are more valuable than new." - Stewart Brand, How Buildings Learn, 1994




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