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Diploma in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation

Learn about world heritage sites with this free online Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation course.

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This free online Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation course is designed to help you understand how heritage sites all over the world are identified, preserved and rehabilitated. The course describes heritage sites around the world, the decay on the heritage sites, and how they have been conserved over the years through various world accepted practices. So enrol today and learn something meaningful in just a few hours.
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    18-20 Hours
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This Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the history of world heritage sites, the techniques by which they are identified, conserved and rehabilitated. You will first be introduced to the value and significance of heritage buildings, sites and structures. You will also be taken through the evolution of heritage conservation through different periods in the world.

In this free online course on architectural conservation and historic preservation, you will get to learn about the causes of decay in cultural or historic sites. Knowledge gained from taking this course will help in the easy identification of heritage properties, preparation of conservation documents and comprehension famous historical stories, including the story of the leaning tower of Pisa.

Finally, you will learn about new buildings in historic settings, unique heritage zones in India, legally delineated & protected heritage areas, and international doctrines governing the preservation of historic areas or heritage zones. You will also learn about how construction and design of new structures are done to meet the demands of the modern world.

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Introduction and Overview

Heritage Values

Conservation Approaches

Heritage Sites

Diploma in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation - First Assessment

Decay in Cultural Property

Documenting, Investigation and Conservation of Historic Structures

Historic Cities and Heritage Zones

New Buildings in Historic Settings

Diploma in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you willbe able to: 

  • Discuss the significance and values of heritage property
  • Identify the approaches for managing and rehabilitating heritage properties
  • Analyze the ethics of conservation
  • Explain the concept of decay with respect to heritage sites
  • Explain how heritage properties are identified
  • Describe the principles and factors governing the foundation behaviour of historic structures
  • Describe some examples of historic cities and heritage areas around the world
  • Explain at least two international doctrines governing preservation of monuments and heritage sites
  • Discuss the concept of historic urban landscape
  • Define adaptive reuse
  • Discuss the benefits of adaptive reuse
  • List the guidelines for rehabilitation of historic structures


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