DSGN09012 2013 Design Studies 2 Innovative Building Conservation

General Details

Full Title
Design Studies 2 Innovative Building Conservation
Transcript Title
Innovative Conservation
N/A %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Maeliosa O'Brien, Rowan Watson, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Emmet O'Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_M09 201300 Master of Arts in Interior Architecture

Design Studies 2 allow students to explore relevant subject areas to a high level through the discussion and evaluation of issues relating to both theory and practice. Students are required to develop their Masters Studio design projects to respond to the material covered in their chosen stream

Learning Outcomes

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


A systematic understanding and critical awareness of the historical and theoretical contexts for, and influences on, cutting edge contemporary architecture with fresh insights (1)


Systematic understanding of the interrelationship between architecture and art/heritage with particular reference to the forefront of the field (3)

Indicative Syllabus

12 sessions x 4 hours


This unit will investigate the process of inspecting and recording heritage structures for the purposes of conservation or re-purposing. Traditional materials, construction techniques and the mechanisms of their decay will be investigated. The principals for the appraisal of building condition and an evaluation of appropriate conservation possibilities will be explored and detailed case study examples will be examined.

Students will be required to complete the following projects-

 Session 1: The inspection and survey process

·         Measurement and  inspection

·         Recording

·         Structural surveys and issues

·         Researching heritage buildings-archives and resources

·         The Conservation Report

Session 2: Traditional building materials and techniques

·         Materials and construction methods- comparison with modern techniques

·         Researching traditional building techniques

·         Conditions and mechanisms of decay

·         The dynamics of preserving historic structures

 Session 3: Conservation guidelines and techniques

·         Preserving integrity

·         Current knowledge

·         Modern materials and techniques

·         Historic conservation, re-purposing and refurbishment of heritage structures


This unit will provide an opportunity to discuss and critically evaluate the characteristic heritage building typologies which are present in Ireland and explore their relevance to regional/national context and identity. The development of current international conservation theory and Irish conservation legislation is examined. Detailed case study examples of Irish conservation projects are explored and evaluated.

 Session 4: The heritage building typologies of Ireland

A workshop exploration of the characteristic heritage building typologies which are present in Ireland. Students are required to research characteristic building typologies and engage with workshop evaluation of context and identity.characteristic heritage building typologies

 Session 5: Conservation theory

·         The value of conservation- culture and identity

·         A history of conservation theory and practice- European, Irish

·         The conservation Charters

·         Current conservation theory

 Session 6: Irish conservation legislation

·         Planning and Development Acts

·         National monuments Acts

·         Protected Structures and the Planning Process


This unit will explore current best practice relating to upgrading the energy efficiency of existing building stock. The principles and practical implementation of upgrade technologies will be discussed and evaluated in terms of energy, design integrity, project viability and overall sustainability.

 Session 7: The principles

·         The challenge

·         Legislation

·         Interior climate

·         Exterior climate

·         Passive concept

·         Active concept

Assessing energy, comfort, design integrity, project viability, sustainability

Session 8: Upgrading the construction

·         Assessing the existing structure

·         Domestic construction- pitched roofs, external walls, floors, openings

·         Non- domestic construction- facades, glazing, flat roofs

 Session 9: Upgrading the installations

·         Assessing the existing installation

·         Heating/cooling

·         Ventilation

·         Lighting


Session 10: Design and Material Innovation:

 An innovative approach to material use provides a core design stimulus for interior architects. This unit explores case studies, which push the boundaries of material use, whilst investigating the ecological and health related implications of material specification. Students will conduct personal studies which investigate materials, processes and finishes of their choice. The possibilities of present day industrial fabrication techniques, combined with the extensive and ever increasing range of available materials, create a design environment in which almost anything is possible.The first session introduces students to a diverse range of design case studies that extend the boundaries of material use. Students will then discuss these and identify possibilities for their personal investigations.

 Session 11: Materials, Ecology and Health:

 This session will highlight the environmental and health related issues associated with a wide range of materials, finishes and manufacturing processes. It will also introduce principles pertaining to environmentally responsible specification. It will combine both lecture and investigative workshops and discussion which may centre on students’ own case studies.

 Session 12: Seminar (using mixed media):

 Students will present their material investigations to the class. The student presentations may employ a range of pre arranged media/ formats. Students will be expected to respond to class feedback and there will be a discursive component to the seminar, both during presentations and at the end of the session.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2
3 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2
4 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Architectural Studio Design Studio 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Design 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Brooker & Stone, (2004) Rereadings: Interior Architecture And The Design Principles Of Remodelling Existing Buildings, RIBA Enterprises, London

Glover, P (2009) Building Surveys, Elsevier, Oxford

Schittich, C (2003) Building in Existing Fabric, Birkhauser, Basel

Weaver, M (1997) Conserving Buildings, John Wiley & Sons, New York

Schittich, C. (ed) (2008) Interior Surfaces and Materials: Aesthetics, Technology, Implementation, Birkhauser, Basel

Ballard  Bell, V., Rand, P., (2008), Materials for Architectural Design, Laurence King Publishing.

Weston, R.,(2003), Materials, Form And Architecture, Laurence King Publishing.

Other Resources


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