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Postgraduate Course: Conservation Technology (AREA11017)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTechnology is an essential part in any conservation project as it ensures the strength and durability of the original fabric but also deals with certain aspects of the character of the historic building that is transmitted to the future. In this context pathology and repairs are examined both at material and building scale. Technical issues are an integral part of the critical approach to the conservation of a building, so the complex interactions with other values and disciplines are framed in the design process of an intervention.

This is achieved through an overview of technology and associated strategies in conservation. Lectures, site visits and workshops will cover traditional and modernist construction as they are affected by environmental and structural actions.

The course reviews:
1. the pathology of the main materials (timber, brick, stone, concrete, steel) and material systems
2. the structural performance and failure of traditional and modernist buildings
3. repair techniques and strategies
4. design interventions in historic fabric
5. associated topical technical issues in conservation (sustainability, management, maintenance)
Course description The lectures cover the following areas:
Traditional materials (timber, stone, lime, brick) and their pathology.
Architectural elements (paint, interiors, roofing)
Performance and repair in traditional buildings
Modern materials (iron, steel, concrete), their technology and pathology
Structural design in architectural conservation
Associated topical issues (sustainability, maintenance, regulations, training, procurement, surveys)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual report of 5,000 words on aspects of conservation technology and repair applied to a building, a material type or a technical or structural problem.

All Learning Outcomes have the same weight.
Feedback Feedback is given at various stages:
A summary is submitted in week 2 and comments on the viability and research schedule of the proposal are given by the tutors the week after.

An interim review is organised in week 10 where the students present their work to the class and the tutors give them oral feedback.

The final submission is marked against the Learning Outcomes and feedback is given on a sheet, two weeks after submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of historic building materials and techniques, and an awareness of their decay mechanisms.
  2. Display organisational, verbal and presentational skills specific to Conservation Technology, including ability to apply general knowledge of building materials and techniques on the assessment of specific cases.
  3. Display skills in building condition surveys and in the formulation of appropriate and viable proposals for repair.
Reading List
- Beckmann, P. and Bowles, J. 2004. Structural aspects of building conservation. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.
- Croci, Giorgio (2001) Conservation and Structural restoration of architectural heritage.
- Institution of Structural Engineers (1991). Guide to surveys and inspections of buildings and similar structures
- Theodossopoulos, D (2012) Conservation theory and fabric. From: Structural Design in Building Conservation, Routledge.
- CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) 1994. Structural renovation of traditional buildings. Report 111. London: CIRIA.
- Davey, A., Heath, B., Hodges, D., Ketchin, M. and Milne, R. 1981. The care and conservation of Georgian Houses. Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee, London: The Architectural Press
- Feilden, B M. 2003. Conservation of historic buildings. 3rd ed. Amsterdam, London: Architectural Press.
- Forsyth, M. 2007. Structures & Construction in Historic Building Conservation. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
- McMillan, A., Gillanders, R., and Fairhurst, J. A. 1999. Building stones of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Geological Society
- Carbonara, G. 2005. Atlante del restauro. Turin: UTET.
Additional Information
Course URL
Graduate Attributes and Skills Building condition surveys
Knowledge of building repair techniques
Awareness of the regulatory framework regarding the technology of interventions
Communication of building pathology and repairs
Additional Class Delivery Information Classes are always in the Workroom, 4.17 in the Maltings, Minto House.
Course organiserDr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 2300
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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