Christopher Moore

PhD student


Christopher Moore is a PhD candidate at the Kent School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Kent, currently researching the history of architecture and building conservation of the Castles of the Downs. He works full-time as a Chartered Surveyor and Project Manager working on a variety of projects across the South of England. He became chartered with the CIOB in 2004 (with Distinction) following completion of his undergraduate study at the University College of Estate Management in Reading. In 2015, he was awarded chartered status with the RICS and following peer review was later granted the ‘RICS Building Conservation Specialist Accreditation’ after his successful completion of his Master’s Degree in Building Conservation from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. In his professional work, he has been the recipient of several awards for building conservation, staff development, and the running of construction-related apprenticeship programmes, including ‘The Investors in People’ accreditation. 

Christopher is currently a member of the RICS Awards Board for the South-east of England and an Associate Tutor at the University College of Estate Management in Reading. He has also written, and contributed to a number of history and travel books, with two of which being internationally awarded. 

Research interests

PhD Title

The Architectural History and Conservational Significance of the ‘Castles of the Downs’ 

Christopher’s primary focus is tracing the architectural history and survival of the ‘Device Fortresses’ as constructed by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 in the South-east of England. This work has also included the tracing of spolia (stone, timber, lead etc.) repurposed at various monastic sites in Kent, the cultural events that have impacted the fortresses’ architecture, the history of their conservation and maintenance, and their wider historical significance. The PhD concentrates on the ‘Castles of the Downs’ and their associated infrastructure, which includes the Castles of Walmer, Deal, and Sandown. 

Christopher is also the recipient of grant funding by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). 


Christopher is a trained Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kent, Mentor for the Edexcel NVQ Level 6 (Undergraduate degree level) in Construction Project Management, and Associate Tutor at the University College of Estate Management in Reading.


First Supervisor: Dr Manolo Guerci
Second Supervisors: Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin and Dr Nikolaos Karydis

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