Architectural Conservation Studies

This programme is based on the ICOMOS Singapore and Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Conservation Technical Handbook series that aims to promote better quality restoration projects, enhance the level of competency within the heritage building industry and increase appreciation for our built heritage.

The eight-volume series covering different aspects of technical restoration, architectural elements and material usage for heritage buildings will be used as the course structure. The series will contain best practices and technical expertise on restoration works, and detailed information on locally used materials, construction methods and restoration techniques.

Instructors have a broad range of professional conservation experience from institutional to commercial heritage contexts.

This course is accredited with 6 BOA-SIA CPD points.

Supported by URA and ICOMOS Singapore  

CPD points pending

Course Details

Course Dates:
21, 22, 28 & 29 October 2024
(full day)

7, 14 November 2024 
(morning half day)

Closing date: 23 September 2024

5 days, 9am - 6pm


Who Should Attend


Working professionals from the built environment industry.

Professionals working in the built environment industry with at least 2 years of experience, or similar. 

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives

Theoretical and Practical 

  • Evaluate the historical and social contexts of our building environment and identify the interaction between the conservator, scientist, curator and society at large

  • Systematic understanding of technical knowledge, critical awareness of current problems, and/or new insights informed by conservation theory and practice

  • Demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques in architectural conservation and an ability to extrapolate from the inter-relationship of historic and scientific evidence, aesthetics, functionality and social values, the appropriate selection of conservation processes

  • Evidence of how to use materials and techniques effectively and fluently in the successful realisation of conservation processes


  • Develop fluency in the construction of coherent arguments that allow the students to articulate ideas clearly to a range of expert and non-expert audiences, formally and informally, through a variety of media using appropriate terminology and conventions

  • Consolidate and further develop the students' understanding of professional standards and codes of conduct and the application of judgement and ethics in professional practice

Day 1
  • Introduction to course / structure / assessment method

  • 1st sharing session / clinic / icebreaker interactive session

  • Who is ICOMOS? International Charters, Best Practices, Briefing on URA-ICOMOS series

  • Theory, philosophy, ethics of architectural conservation

Day 2
  • Adaptive Reuse + conservation Design 1 (eg. policy)

  • Adaptive Reuse + conservation Design 2

  • Historic materials / diagnostics 1 

  • Historic materials / diagnostics 2

Day 3
  • Structural engineering interventions

  • Mechanical & electrical engineering interventions: Including hygrothermal performance of heritage buildings

  • Materials Lab visit

  • Site visit for advanced cleaning methods

Day 4
  • Field trip reflection

  • Concrete and 20th century heritage 

  • Maintenance and monitoring of heritage buildings  

  • Sustainability circularity and heritage 

  • Final Quiz

Day 5
  • Case Study Consultation / Preparation for case study presentation (Half day)

  • Case Study Presentation (Half day)


Case Study Presentation and Report; Quiz

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing GST of 9%.



Yeo Kang Shua
Associate Professor and Associate Head of Pillar, ASD
Kang Shua is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Head of Pillar in the Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) pillar at SUTD. He is also the President and Founding Director of International Council on Monuments and Sites, Singapore (ICOMOS Singapore).
Kang Shua obtained his PhD Architecture, MArch and BA Architectural Studies from National University of Singapore. Trained as an architect and architectural historian, his research interest is primarily in the area of architectural conservation. He has been involved in the restoration of some of Singapore’s religious and institutional buildings and awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2010 and 2014 for the effort. One of the things that he relishes about his work is the opportunity to get to know our built landscapes better.

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Ho Weng Hin
Director, Studio Lapis

Weng Hin is founding partner of Studio Lapis, a Singapore-based architectural conservation specialist consultancy with local and overseas projects. He obtained both his BA(AS) and MArch from National University of Singapore (NUS), and his specialist postgraduate diploma in architectural conservation from the University of Genoa, Italy. Weng Hin is also Founding Chair of Docomomo Singapore, a Founding Director of ICOMOS Singapore, and a Bureau Vice President of ICOMOS ISC20C in the coming triennial. 
Weng Hin has been engaged in adjunct teaching at the NUS Department of Architecture since 2010, and recently taught in the inaugural International Course on the Conservation of Modern Heritage organized by the Getty Conservation Institute. His expertise lies in the areas of heritage site documentation and assessment, deterioration analysis of historic building materials, architectural restoration methods, conservation management plans and architectural adaptive reuse design, with a focus on 20th century modern built heritage and landscapes.



Tan Kar Lin
Director, Studio Lapis
Kar Lin obtained her BA(AS), MArch and MAArch from National University of Singapore (NUS). She is the founding Director of Studio Lapis, a Singapore-based architectural conservation specialist consultancy. She co-edited the Singapore Architect journal from 2004 to 2007, and is the lead editor of the URA-ICOMOS Conservation Technical Handbook series.
Kar Lin is actively involved in built heritage advocacy as both a founding Exco Member of Docomomo Singapore and a founding Director of ICOMOS Singapore. Her professional interest lies in Singapore’s built heritage research and analysis, place history and urban culture, conservation documentation, evaluation and adaptive reuse strategies.



Liau Wai Kun
Director, Keon Consult Pte Ltd

Er. Liau Wai Kun is a Professional Structural Engineer with over 20 years of experience in structural, civil, facade and conservation in Singapore. He is also a UK registered Chartered Engineer, member of IStructE, member of ICOMOS Singapore, Certified Welding Inspector, Qualified Erosion Control Professional and Competent Person for façade inspection. He has also served as member of Working Committees for preparation of both SS 607:2015 and SS EN 13374:2018 and was co-convenor of the new SS 570.

Er Liau is the managing director of Keon Consult Pte Ltd. In 2016, the firm won the SIA Archifest contest with the RGB pavilion and SIA design award 2023 for St. James Power Station. He has received the URA Architectural Heritage Award in 2015 for Alkaff mosque and in 2022 for St. James Power Station. Recently completed restoration projects as the role of engineer by the firm including Church of St. Teresa, Golden Bell Mansion and Old Bukit Timah Railway Station. His ongoing conservation project as structural engineer include restoration of the concrete platform of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, underpinning of Ellison building and restoration of Church of Our Lourdes.



Wong Chung Wan
Director, Maek Consulting Pte Ltd

Chung Wan has more than 30 years of extensive experience in materials consultancy, building envelope, building diagnosis and audit consulting works. He has undertaken a large number of projects providing third party advisory and consulting services in building pathology, conservation and restoration of historical buildings, materials evaluation and environmental studies. In the course of this work, he has addressed numerous issues on durability and sustainability in both the design and construction stages such as service life prediction, durability study, maintainability, life cycle assessment (LCA) and conservation and restoration of buildings.
Chung Wan obtained his BEng (Civil & Structural Engineering) and MSc (Building Science) from National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a Recognized Professional of the Association Preservation Technology International and an Expert Member of the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage. He is the Technical Director of MAEK Consulting, an innovative third-party specialist consultant providing technical services to ensure sustainable management and development.



Kelvin Ang Kah Eng
Director, Conservation Management, URA

Kelvin has two decades of experience in architecture and conservation at the URA (Singapore’s national planning, land use and building conservation authority). He obtained his Graduate Diploma (Architecture) and MSc. in Sustainable Heritage, both at the Bartlett School, University College London.
Kelvin has led a multi-disciplinary team to deliver several key conservation projects including the legal protection of over 700 buildings and the showcase restoration of the 19th century ‘National University of Singapore - Baba House’ at 157 Neil Road. His portfolio includes public education and partnership programmes, industry development, regulatory and enforcement work.

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