ARCT5575 Practical Building Conservation (GC)

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit develops students' 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 are used to demonstrate the practices that produce best results in the project management of conservation works.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
ARCT5508 Practical Building Conservation
Contact hours
Introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/tutorials: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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