Ron Gatepain - Architectural Historian
Building Surveyor & Engineer
Ron Gatepain is an Architectural Historian; Chartered Surveyor; Chartered Builder; Chartered Building Engineer and a Corporate Building Surveyor. A member of the Royal Historical Society; the Historical Association and the Society of Architectural Historians he has travelled extensively in pursuit of his interest in history, particularly with regard to buildings, their construction, and the influence they have had on civilisation and regularly gives talks on this as a guest speaker for special interest groups and on cruise ships throughout the world.
Having obtained three degrees – two at masters’ level – Ron has worked in Construction, Property, and Training at director level and has been a visiting lecturer for a number of universities and colleges. He was the Technical Expert Author Advisor and Editor to the national e-learning resource website for Higher and Further Education Institutions and is the founder and contributor to the www.famous-historic-buildings.org.uk website. He has written a number of books, magazine articles, distance learning modules and on-line study units and has been responsible for the development of Distance and on-line courses. In addition, he is a Publishing Partner with the Encyclopaedia Britannica and contributes on Historic Sites & Buildings.
A former Royal Marine Commando, Ron went on to serve with the Territorial Army reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel commanding a Logistics Regiment. He maintains his military links as a member of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Committee, of which he is a former Chairman, and a member of the MOD's Veterans Advisory and Pension Committee.