Postgraduate Course: Conservation Technology (AREA11017)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Technology 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)
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 37,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3,
Fieldwork Hours 16,
External Visit Hours 15,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 7,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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 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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Display ability in building condition surveys and appraisal of the history and character of a case study.
- Demonstrate knowledge of historic building materials and techniques, alongside an awareness of their decay mechanisms.
- Demonstrate ability to make proposals for remedial actions through defining and analysing the available options.
- Display organisational, communication, verbal and presentational skills specific to the area of conservation technology.
|- 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.
|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 organiser||Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 2300
|Course secretary||Ms Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306