School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

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Department of Architectural Conservation


Department of Architectural Conservation

The course prepares the students to work in the diverse field of heritage areas. Architectural Conservation is a specialization in architecture, which addresses the special requirements of built heritage comprising of historic buildings, group of buildings, areas, cities and cultural landscapes in a comprehensive manner.

Rediscovery of Architecture aims at the development of architectural knowledge and definition of the cultural resource base. Academically the course involves research, documentation, analysis and its interpretation related with heritage. Special emphasis is placed on historic cities and traditional housing sector. Technical aspects cover traditional building materials, structural repairs, maintenance and upgradation of historic structures. Design component includes a wide range from modifications, reuse, infill and new architecture in historic areas.

Some emphasis is also placed on the management of heritage, which encompasses conservation from international (UNESCO), to national to local levels for heritage buildings, sites and cities. Apart from being a specialist, skills and abilities developed in this academic programme help the students to extend the scope of their work from architecture to architectural practices for designing historic areas.


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