Conservation Design Studio (ARCH9084)


The aim of the course is to form and develop interdisciplinary collaboration in design teams of students design and non-design related backgrounds and to work collaboratively following accepted levels of contemporary architectural and conservation professional practice. Additionally, it is intended that students will develop a critical ability to assess the appropriateness of the design of new additions to existing buildings of recognised heritage value.
The course 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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Further unit of study information


Studio 2 hrs/wk (10 wks), tutorial 2 hrs/wk (2 wks), site visit 2 hrs/wk (1wk)


For all students, submission of a written site analysis [1x Essay 1500-2000 words]; for Design-based students a Design Proposal and Model & Non-Design-based students a Heritage Impact Statement (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

BDesArch, MArch (for students pursuing the design stream of this elective)

Additional Information

Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit. First preference to Master of Heritage Conservation Students.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.