Conservation Studio (ARCH9084)


The aim of the unit is to engage in an interdisciplinary collaboration to realise an innovative and culturally senstive new design project in a way that mirrors professional teamwork and meets best practice heritage and conservation standards. Students from the Heritage Conservation program will work together in teams with students from the Master of Architecture degree to realise the project. Each group will develop a sustainable strategy for the place that protects and enhances its heritage value. Heritage conservation students will then act as advisors on the design project considering possible impacts to significant buildings and historic landscapes. At the end of the semester heritage students will complete a Statement of Heritage Impact at professional level that accords with the guidelines established by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
The unit objective is to analyse a given site with an existing building of identified heritage value and for the design-based students to prepare, with a given brief, a contemporary addition that is both a credible work of contemporary architecture whilst at the same time a sensitive and appropriate addition that respects the cultural significance of the existing building. The non-design based students will act as heritage consultants, in accordance with best professional practice and concurrently prepare for the proposed design a Heritage Impact Statement that conforms with the NSW Heritage Branch guidelines and standards of practice.
Class preparation: 2 hours/week

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Lecture 1 hr/wk (10 wks), studio 3 hrs/wk (11 wks), Site Visit 6 hrs/wk (1 wk)


Site analysis and design strategy (Group 50%), Statement of Heritage Impact (Individual 50%)

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First preference to Master of Heritage Conservation Students.

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