Taught course

Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage

Institution
University of Strathclyde · Department of Architecture
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

A first or second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in Architecture, Structural or Civil Engineering.

Consideration will also be given to candidates with other relevant professional qualifications in a discipline related to the built environment and/or professional experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Architectural conservation - the action of conserving built heritage while maintaining its values - is practiced differently across the world; sometimes not at all due to cultural and economic constraints.

It is an emerging area of work which requires specialist training and knowledge to deal with its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature. It also requires the development of a critical approach for the analysis and design of the intervention, informed by the shared international principles and the specific nature and context of the historic building to be conserved.

We need to attract new talent to the field of architectural conservation. To work with historic buildings is an enriching experience, which combines the creative aspects of designing a new building with the in-depth research required to understand in full the building and its context. Working with historic buildings is also a great training to improve the design of new buildings, as you learn a great deal about the importance of design ideas, innovation, durability and care. It is also a very sociable work, interacting with a variety of people from all backgrounds, joining forces in helping current generations to enjoy historic buildings, to create community identities around them, and to transmit the buildings and their values to the future.

Glasgow and its surrounding area provide an excellent location for the course, with architectural heritage from all periods, from Roman to Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary, without forgetting the better known C. R. Mackintosh and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s buildings. Strathclyde has a lively international community of staff and students and we enjoy a privileged position in the centre of Glasgow.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
18 months
full time
9 months

PGCert

full time
5 months
part time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
contact-architecture@strath.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 141 548 4219