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Unit Overview


This unit provides experienced professional guidance for students to apply their practical skills in building conservation to an individual research project involving a key building construction system from a significant place studied in a previous unit. Student research is in two parts—part one involves researching the literature on the subject and undertaking a survey of completed conservation projects involving the selected building construction system, examining the key conservation principles and the practical problems involved; part two involves proposing a set of conservation guidelines for work on this type of historic construction and developing an appropriate and detailed schedule of conservation work for the building construction system of the selected significant place. The range of subjects for selection is likely to be—masonry walls (limestone, sandstone, or brickwork); framed construction (timber or steel); earth or concrete structures; roof structure or coverings types; floor structures.

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

Students are able to (1) identify and discuss key issues in the conservation of a particular building construction system type and (2) propose conservation guidelines and demonstrate how they can be applied in practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) interim research paper and (2) final research paper. 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
ARCT5508 Practical Building Conservation and [ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (formerly ARCT5583 Heritage and Conservation)
or ARCT5505 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts]
Contact hours
meetings with supervisors: typically 1 hour per week
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  • 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.