Forensic architecture

Forensic Architecture is the science of looking at a building or a set of documents to determine what went wrong after the fact. Often the symptoms of the problem can be subtle and require a depth of knowledge and experience not just of architecture but of how all of the building systems, structural, mechanical, electrical and architectural interact. Defects or problems are often hidden within the structure of the building and will have to be carefully exposed to reveal the actual condition. The Architect must also be able to prepare a clear report on the problem and, if necessary, testify coherently and professionally in a deposition or courtroom. With his 40 years of experience, Peter Lattey can do all of that.

In one of his cases, the opposing side had postulated that an explosion occurred inside a room. We postulated that it had occurred in the attic space. Observing that the ceiling of the room appeared to have collapsed in one large piece, Peter surmised that the carpet below the collapsed ceiling would be intact and not burned by the explosion. Upon removal of the ceiling this was the case. This provided important information to the court and aided in achieving a substantial settlement for our client.