This course offers insights into the importance of cultural continuity and place identity while challenging you to imagine how to regenerate and renew buildings, urban areas and cultural landscapes through architectural intervention and urban strategy.
You will learn how to assess heritage significance and how this assessment translates into policies that facilitate or constrain development. You will learn techniques for documentation, management and interpretation of culturally important places and about the regulatory and policy framework for local and international heritage conservation.
Gain industry relevant experience via a graduate internship and benefit from mentoring by heritage professionals through the International Council of Monuments and Sites.
If you are a graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments or come from an architectural, urban planning, archaeological, historical, engineering or related background, this course will develop your specialist conservation and adaptive reuse skills. We also welcome applicants from other disciplines.
Career pathways include conservation specialist, architecture, planning, archaeology, history or heritage consultancy.
Part-time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents. You may also take individual units as continuing professional development short courses without enrolling in a degree.
Heritage Conservation Studies may also be taken as a major stream within the two-year Master of Urbanism program.
Credit points required per semester: 24
Indicative progression based on a 72 credit point master’s degree with a Semester 1 enrolment.
“A passion for old places drew me to the Master of Heritage Conservation. I love the richness that historic buildings and places provide for cities. I wanted to play a role in their conservation, reuse and adaptation so they remain useful, viable and vibrant places that communities appreciate, identify with and care about.
Historic places, whether they are buildings, plazas, parks or railway stations all combine to tell the stories of a city’s development and growth. I wanted to be involved in the process of retaining cohesive stories for cities in partnership with new development.
I also wanted to help overcome the misconception that heritage places cannot be changed – it is just not true. Heritage is entrenched in history, but its adaptation and reuse can be progressive and contemporary.”
My master’s degree gave me the opportunity to undergo an internship with the City of Sydney Council’s heritage team.
It was an amazing work experience that opened a door to my new career and a whole new world of heritage conservation from a government’s point of view.
It encouraged me to also become a part of various other respected organisations such as Australia ICOMOS, the National Trust and Sydney Living Museums, which are all highly respected for their work in the field of heritage conservation.
I have spent most of my adult life in Asia; two stays in Hong Kong totalling almost nine years and a two year stay in Japan.Both countries had very different strategies for dealing with heritage conservation and the treatment of old buildings
I returned determined to do whatever I could to assist in preserving Australia’s cultural heritage, a young country with a unique story. I felt this degree would be a perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of a profession that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect buildings of historical significance. I find the Heritage Conservation degree stimulating on so many levels. We have had the opportunity to visit a number of areas of historical interest within Sydney and have met a variety of people working in related fields who all have inspiring stories and experiences to share. The knowledge gained should complement my existing skills as an analyst and my project management experience.
Dr. Cameron Logan was recently appointed as the Director of Heritage Conservation in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. He is an urban and architectural historian whose work focuses on the ways that heritage conservation shapes cities. He is interested in the places we choose to keep, why we choose to keep them and who decides. This involves researching the ways in which regimes of cultural value inform and delimit property value; the social politics of deciding what places to protect and how; and the possibilities of understanding and adapting large-scale landscapes and built ensembles such as hospitals, stadiums and universities.
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