Luis Albornoz

Mr Luis Albornoz

Building Stones and Applied Petrology Scientist/Enquiries Officer(Edinburgh)

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 410

E-mail Luis Albornoz


I joined the British Geological Survey in 2001, after a five-year Geology degree (eq. BSc Hons) from the University of Oviedo, Spain, with Building Stones Decay and Conservation/Applied Petrology/Stone Resources as my chosen specialty. As a lover of stone buildings with interesting history, and disliking Spain’s fondness for concrete and brick, I decided many years ago to leave for Scotland,a nation built in stone. I've never looked back ever since...

Published outputs

  • Hyslop, Ewan; McMillan, Andrew; Maxwell, I.; Walsh, J.; Albornoz-Parra, Luis. 2006. Stone in Scotland. Paris, France, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 72pp. (Earth Science Series).
  • Luis Albornoz-Parra, Paul Everett, Emily Tracey, and Martin Gillespie. 2011. Identifying replacement stones for use in building repairs: an integrated system for improved stone matching. Abstract of talk for European Geosciences Union, 2011.
  • Hyslop E.K. & Albornoz-Parra, L.J. 2007. Developing a future repairs strategy for a sandstone city: a petrographic investigation of building stone in Glasgow, Scotland. 11th Euroseminar on Microscopy Applied to Building Materials. June 2007, Porto, Portugal. 9pp. Paper accepted for publication in proceedings volume.
  • NERC Open Research Archive — Luis Albornoz-Parra


  • 1998: BSc Honours (5-year) degree in Geology, with specialization on Applied Petrology, Stone Conservation and Mineral Resources, Oviedo
  • 1999: Development of the research plan “Inventory and physical features of the most used stone in the Asturian architectural heritage. University of Oviedo.
  • 1999:CAP – “Curso de Adaptacion Pedagogica”: A six month post-degree course that entitles to teach at any level.  
  • 2001-2004: Assistant Scientific Officer, BGS.
  • 2004-present: Building Stones Scientist/Applied Petrologist, BGS.
  • Since 2015 I am also the main point of contact for enquiries at BGS Edinburgh.

Commissioned reports

  • Hyslop E.K., Albornoz-Parra, L.J., Fisher L.C., Hamilton S.L. 2006. Safeguarding Glasgow’s Stone Built Heritage: Skills & Materials requirements. BGS Commissioned Report CR/06/077. (6 volumes). Also published as a report by the Scottish Stone Liaison Group 2006.
  • 2017 : Albornoz-Parra, L; Everett, P; Gillespie, M; Edinburgh Mercat Cross: Building Stone Assessment and Conservation Plan. 2017
  • E.K. Hyslop, E.A. Tracey, L.J. Albornoz-Parra, P. Everett, S.F. Parry & A.B. Custance-Baker. 2009. The Building Stones and Slates of Killin. An investigation of stone for the built heritage. GEOREPORT GR_138832_1
  • Ewan K. Hyslop, Joanna Weintritt, Emily A. Tracey, Alice B. Custance‐Baker & Luis J. Albornoz-Parra. 2009. A Desktop Resource Assessment of Building Stone and Slate on the Island of Bute (OR/09/040)
  • Ewan K. Hyslop, Luis J. Albornoz-Parra & Emily A. Tracey. 2009. Assessing the potential for reopening a building stone quarry: Newbigging Sandstone Quarry, Fife. (OR/09/008)
  • Tracey, E A, Hyslop, E K, and Albornoz-Parra, L J. Stromness Conservation Area paving stone study: an investigation of materials and paving patterns. 2011. British Geological Survey Research Report, OR/11/034.
  • Albornoz-Parra, L; Geological and geographical origin of the Elgin Cathedral stones. 2012. British Geological Survey.
  • Hyslop E.K.; Albornoz-Parra, L.J; Fisher L C; Hamilton S L. 2006. Safeguarding Glasgow’s Stone Built Heritage Skills and Materials. SSLG & SEG.
  • Hyslop, Ewan K.; Albornoz-Parra, Luis J.; Tracey, Emily A. 2009. A building stone audit for Kilmarnock: surveying, matching, and sourcing stone for the built heritage. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 221pp. (OR/09/002)
  • M R Gillespie, P A Everett, L J Albornoz-Parra and E A Tracey; A survey of building stone and roofing slate in Falkirk town centre. 2013. British Geological Survey. OR/13/015
  • More than 600 reports on stone matching and other building stone-related issues.

Research interests

  • Stone sourcing, stone decay and stone conservation.


  • Involved in delivering lectures to professionals in courses and Continuous Professional Development events.
  • Responsible for the delivery of Building Stones GeoReports and for the development and delivery of Commissioned Research projects.
  • Building Stone surveying in buildings. Building Stone quality assessment in quarries.
  • Applied Petrology: Selection, sourcing and performance (analysis and matching) of building stones in Scotland and Northern England. Stone decay analysis and conservation.