ARCT08037 2019 Professional Studies 2: Conservation and Historic Intervention

General Details

Full Title
Professional Studies 2: Conservation and Historic Intervention
Transcript Title
Professional Studies 2: Conse
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Deirdre Greaney, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Mary Byrne
Programme Membership
SG_VARCH_H08 201900 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARCH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)

This module will provide the legal, theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge of architectural conservation and provides the opportunity to explore architecture conservation in a broad-based manner through case studies and practical work, with particular emphasis on the built heritage of towns and landscapes in the West of Ireland.

The module will set out the various international conventions relevant to the conservation of the built and natural landscape, and will explore the legislative context framing conservation in Ireland, as well as the statutory bodies, and the frameworks within which they operate and their roles in the conservation process.

It will provide  a critical approach to conservation through analysis of buildings and historic rural and urban landscapes, and outlines practical conservation practice through a series of case studies.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the legal basis for protection of the built environment on a national and international basis with reference to primary international charters, policy and heritage legislation relating to building, urban and rural environments


Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of, and have critical awareness of the theoretical and conceptual basis for architectural conservation


Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the methods and current practice of architectural conservation


Demonstrate critical engagement with a range of standard and specialised research techniques and methods for architectural conservation


Factor conservation principles in the consideration of technological, structural and materials choices for the implementation of conservation works


Determine and Reflect on how Irish towns and landscapes have evolved


Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), and guest lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach addresses student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach brings students together to facilitate group learning.


Module Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment deliverables address the module learning outcomes.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.‚Äč

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

History And Philosophy Of Architectural Conservation - The Development of Architectural Conservation, Legislation, International Charters & Standards – Council of Europe, ICOMOS.

Approaches to Conservation - Key Principles And Approaches For Conservation Of Irish And International Built Heritage, The Ethics And Philosophies Which Underlie Them & Guidelines in Practice

Irish Legislation And Planning, Policy & Guidance - Statutory Roles, Organisations, and Processes In Heritage Protection In Ireland: Planning and Development Act 2000, National Monuments Acts 1930 – 2004, NIAH, Architectural Heritage Advisory Service, Building Regulations Compliance

History of Irish Architecture and Urban Planning, with special reference to the West of Ireland: Early / Mid / Late Medieval (Hiberno Romanesque, Hiberno Gothic), Venacular, Evolution of Building Typologies and Planned Irish Towns

Analysing Historic Buildings & Research - Sourcing the History of Buildings and Interpretation of Historic Buildings. Techniques of inspection, survey, analysis, recording methods, and supporting historical research and making reports

Practical Building Conservations Skills: Performance, Repair,  Specification, and Conservation Techniques in Traditional & Heritage Buildings:

Traditional Materials:

  • Wall materials - stone, brick, lime products. 
  • Roof coverings - slate, stone, thatch, terracotta. 
  • Timber - timber frame buildings, roof trusses, joists, joinery, damp and beetle attack, dry rot.
  • Metals - lead, cast and wrought iron.
  • Finishes - ornamental plaster, limewash and rendering, paints and colour. 

Structural Design in Architectural Conservation

Mechanical & Electrical Services in Architectural Conservation

Adaptive Re-Use Of Existing Buildings: Conservative Repair, Adaptation, Retro-Fitting And Extension

Historic Environment: Integrated Town /Urban Conservation

Contemporary Issues in Building Conservation Practice. - Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in relation to climate change, environmentally-aware practices and sustainable development. A study of the techniques and technologies employed

Irish Conservation Solutions & Managing Conservation Projects: Conservation Practitioners Case Study 1

Irish Conservation Solutions & Managing Conservation Projects: Conservation Practitioners Case Study 2

Irish Conservation Solutions & Managing Conservation Projects: Conservation Practitioners Case Study 3



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 coursework/seminar presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 8 1,2
2 Written case study report Continuous Assessment Written Report 70 % End of Semester 2,3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
Old buildings, new designs: architectural transformations New York, Princeton Architectural Press.

Required Reading
20/10/2019 Materials, technologies and practice in historic heritage structures. Dordrecht, Springer

Required Reading
20/10/2019 Conservation: RIBA plan of work 2013 guide RIBA

Required Reading
20/11/2019 Places of worship: the conservation of places of worship Dublin, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Required Reading
20/11/2019 New design for old buildings RIBA Publishing

Required Reading
20/04/2019 Architectural heritage protection: guidelines for planning authorities Dublin, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Required Reading
20/04/2019 Practical building conservation. Gower Technical Press

Required Reading
20/04/2019 A lost tradition: the nature of architecture in Ireland Dublin, Gandon Editions.

Required Reading
20/04/2019 Palimpsest: intervention and change in Irish architecture. Anne Street Press

Required Reading
20/12/2019 Town origins, morphology and future Westport, O. Murphy.

Required Reading
20/12/2019 Irish cottages London, Artus Books.

Required Reading
20/01/2019 Policy and law in heritage conservation London, Spon Press.

Required Reading
20/01/2019 Meeting the requirements of the Granada Convention: a review of policy for the protection of the architectural heritage in the Republic of Ireland. [London], Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Required Reading
20/01/2019 A field guide to the buildings of Ireland: illustrating the smaller buildings of town and countryside Dublin, Lilliput.

Required Reading
20/01/2019 Buildings of Irish towns: treasures of everyday architecture. Springfield, Ill, Templegate

Required Reading
20/01/2019 Irish architecture-- a future for our heritage National Committee EAHY-75

Required Reading
20/01/2019 Irish countryside buildings: everyday architecture in the rural landscape. Dublin, O'Brien Press.

Required Reading
20/01/2019 Adaptive Reuse: Extending the Lives of Buildings Birkhauser

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

see module handbook

Journal Resources

see module handbook

URL Resources

see module handbook

Other Resources

Recommended Reading:

Bloszies, C. (2012). Old buildings, new designs (architecture briefs series).  New York, USA: Princeton Architectural Press.

Charter, B. (1999). The Burra Charter: The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance.

Feilden, B. (2003). Conservation of historic buildings. (3rd ed.). Architectural Press.

Hunt, R. (2017). New design for old buildings. RIBA Publishing.

ICOMOS (International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites) (1964). The Venice Charter.

ICOMOS, C. (1987). For the conservation of historic towns and urban areas (Washington Charter).

Jokilehto, J. (2002). A history of architectural conservation. Routledge.

Keohane, F. (2015). Period houses: a conservation guidance manual. Dublin Civic Trust.

RIAI. (2010). RIAI guidelines for the conservation of buildings (3rd ed.). Ireland: RIAI.

Strike, J. (1994) Architecture in Conservation: managing development at historic sites. London, UK: Routledge.