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.

Course Details

Course Dates:
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5 days, 9am - 5pm


Who Should Attend


Working professionals from the built environment industry.

Professionals woking 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

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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.



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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