Liz’s passion lies in progressive conservation, approaching historic buildings with new and ground breaking design concepts.
At the core of building conservation, Liz believes designs can be more creative within the specific constraints and rich context of historic environments. Liz is highly regarded for her diligent work ethic and innovation, honing her skills through remarkable projects for the National Maritime Museum, Kew Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Inspiring colleagues to learn new skills and develop a love for historic buildings is important to Liz. Helping to usher in a new generation of conservation designers, Liz established the Purcell Conservation School for students and recently qualified architects.
Liz features as the conservation architect in Channel 4's TV series Phil Spencer's Stately Homes.
A year after our competition winning success, this exciting collaboration with Jamie Fobert Architects has reached its first key milestone as full planning and listed building consent has been secured to improve Ewan Christian’s Grade I listed C19th-century gallery.
Purcell has been working continuously at the National Gallery, London, for over 30 years. This experience and in-depth knowledge of the operations and needs of the institution was consolidated into a masterplan in which we worked with the National Gallery to assess the development potential of the Estate.
Returning the Great Gallery to its former elegance, reversing previous 19th century alterations and reintroducing natural light.
Re-presenting the palace as part of a ten year restoration programme to reopen the Scheduled Monument to the public.
Appointed as conservation architects to create a permanent gallery to re-display the Waddesdon Bequest, collaborating on the design of new interventions and coordinating the installation of the showcases. The conservation philosophy was to conserve and re-use as much of the original historic fabric as possible.