Why this course?
Architectural conservation - the action of conserving built heritage while maintaining its values - is practiced differently across the world; sometimes not at all due to cultural and economic constraints.
It is an emerging area of work which requires specialist training and knowledge to deal with its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature. It also requires the development of a critical approach for the analysis and design of the intervention, informed by the shared international principles and the specific nature and context of the historic building to be conserved.
We need to attract new talent to the field of architectural conservation. To work with historic buildings is an enriching experience, which combines the creative aspects of designing a new building with the in-depth research required to understand in full the building and its context. Working with historic buildings is also a great training to improve the design of new buildings, as you learn a great deal about the importance of design ideas, innovation, durability and care. It is also a very sociable work, interacting with a variety of people from all backgrounds, joining forces in helping current generations to enjoy historic buildings, to create community identities around them, and to transmit the buildings and their values to the future.
Glasgow and its surrounding area provide an excellent location for the course, with architectural heritage from all periods, from Roman to Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary, without forgetting the better known C. R. Mackintosh and Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's buildings. Strathclyde has a lively international community of staff and students and we enjoy a privileged position in the centre of Glasgow.
The course is a platform for:
- collaboration with both practice and research partners
- architectural critique
- discussion and debate
All full-time students take instructional classes and a design project in the first two semesters. MSc students then complete a dissertation project.
Compulsory taught classes are delivered intensively, making them more accessible to part-time students and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Areas explored in classes include:
The course is informed by the outcomes of the research being carried out at the Architectural Design and Conservation Research Unit (ADCRU). It is a platform for collaboration with both practice and research partners; architectural critique, discussion and debate are fundamental parts of the course.
Open Access modules are offered on individual modules from the MSc programme. They can be taken as stand-alone CPD options or gradually built towards a qualification.
Open Access students may transfer onto a part-time MSc or PgDip programme to complete their studies (subject to a maximum period of time).
You'll benefit from a large number of government, local authority and industry partners, who'll lecture on up-to-date current practices, with a diverse point of views.
There are two fully-networked design studios; one dedicated to student self-study, the other to interactive design teaching.
In addition to the main University library, we have our own, on-site, reference library. Our collection is developed in direct response to the teaching delivered in the department.
A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction).
Our lab computers have AutoCad and InDesign.
We also offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.
Find out more about the full range of facilities we have on offer.
Course director, Cristina González-Longo, is an academic, researcher, chartered architect and RIBA Specialist Conservation Architect, the highest accreditation level offered by the Royal Institute of British Architects in UK.
She's had a leading role in many well-known projects such as the conservation and conversion of Queensberry House, a seventeenth-century Grade A Listed Building, part of the Scottish Parliament complex.
- Mr John Addison
- Ms Liz Davidson OBE
- Mr Ranald MacInnes
- Dr Aonghus MacKechnie
- Dr Deborah Mays
- Dr David Mitchell
- Dr Charles Wemyss
Read more about our teaching team.
The course is fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). The IHBC is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in United Kingdom.
The course also conforms to the internationally recognised Guidelines for Education and Training in the Conservation of Monuments, Ensembles and Sites adopted by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). These criteria are used by professional institutes for the assessment of evidence and professional accreditation in conservation.