UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT5587 Practical Building Conservation (GC)

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Multi-mode2018
Content This unit aims to develop professional level practical skills in the investigation of significant places to assess their condition and to devise appropriate repair and maintenance schedules to conserve their cultural value and to keep them in use. Taking a building construction approach to the conservation of significant places, the unit examines the evolution of construction and material types in Western Australia and looks at the range of structural problems and material defects that they present for conservation. The unit covers methods of investigating and recording the physical condition of significant places, the principles of appropriate repair, and the practical processes of developing schedules of work for the level of restoration, repair and maintenance required to ensure conservation of cultural value and ongoing use. A series of case studies is used to demonstrate the practices that produce best results in the project management of conservation works.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) apply their research and investigation skills and their understanding of building construction systems and materials to the efficient assessment and reporting of the condition of significant buildings and (2) demonstrate an understanding of the principles of appropriate repair, and a practical approach to developing schedules of work for conservation works and ongoing preventative maintenance for places of cultural significance.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) group field work exercises; (2) individual report based on group field work; and (3) major assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Ingrid van Bremen
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (formerly ARCT5583 Heritage and Conservation)
Incompatibility: ARCT5508 Practical Building Conservation
Contact hours 35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/tutorials: 3 hours per week)

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