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Unit Overview


This unit provides experienced professional guidance for students to apply their practical skills in conservation planning to an individual research project involving the adaptation of significant places to suit new uses. Student research begins by studying a range of adaptive reuse projects carried out on significant buildings in Western Australia, examining the key issues involved in this kind of conservation practice, and assessing their success in conserving significance and extending the useful life of these places. This is followed by a main research project, building on a subject place for which a conservation plan has been prepared in a previous unit, to propose an appropriate adaptive reuse strategy for that place, develop it to sketch-design stage for client and planning approval, and prepare an outline scope of work with preliminary estimates of cost.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand, identify and discuss key issues in the application of conservation principles to projects involving the adaptation of significant places for new uses and (2) apply this understanding and demonstrate a professional level of skill in the development of an individual adaptive reuse project.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) minor survey report and (2) major assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ingrid van Bremen
Unit rules
ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (formerly ARCT5583 Heritage and Conservation)
or ARCT5505 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts.
and ARCT5506 Conservation Planning in Practice
Contact hours
meetings with supervisors: typically 1 hour per week
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.