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Saint Mary's Church, Henley-Upon-Thames,
Course Number and Title
Principles of Architectural Conservation (HP 301-01)
Fall 2013, lecture course, three (3) credit hours
Time and Location
Wednesday 2:00-4:50 PM
Architecture Room room to be announced
Lecture and field-based course
Philip C Marshall,
email: Provided in class.
mobile 508.951.8562 (call, text any time)
office: SAAHP 247
Please sign up and bring an agenda. If you plan to discuss drafts,
proposals, drawings, field notes, photographs, or similar material,
please email me a copy at least two days before your meeting
— to provide enough time to consider carefully your work
before getting together.
"Provides and overview of the professional role of the
architectural conservator in the preservation of historic structures.
Addresses architectural styles, construction technology, and
dating techniques; the composition properties, uses, and conservation
of traditional building materials (wood, metal, masonry, decorative
finishes, and glass); and conservation standards and treatments.
Site visits supplement lectures and readings." (3 credits) Roger Williams University Undergraduate Catalog
The course addresses the professional role of the
architectural conservator in the preservation of historic structures. The course
begins with an overview of the process of preservation, as described by a model for heritage stewardship, in which a structure's significance and needs are assessed withing the context of the capacity (and needs) of its steward. Next, each component of an architectural conservation assessment is considered in the context of architectural styles, building technology, materials, geographical, consideration and other factors. Related assignments address styles, general conservation issues (through field work) and building-specific issues (through site work).Then, the physical properties, craft and production techniques, performance and conservation of specific material/systems are addressed. The materials/systems include wood, metal, masonry, decorative
finishes, roofing, site work, and more. Work is placed in the context of conservation standards and treatments.
Site visits supplement lectures and readings.
HP324 or Junior standing.
Goals and Objectives
Through lectures, readings, assignments, and site visits this
course will address:
- the role and training of the architectural conservator;
- professional and organizational resources in the field;
- the development of building technology, and inherent conservation
issues of specific architectural styles;
- assessing historic structures (significance, style, date,
condition, and treatment);
- preservation standards, philosophies, and treatments;
- conservation of traditional building materials and systems.
The course serves two purposes:
- it is an introduction to the field of architectural conservation
for students who plan to practice in the a broader context,
- it is the foundation course for the architectural conservation
concentration. As such, the course does not purport to be
a broad overview of the many aspects of conservation; rather,
it provides a standard and means by which practitioners in
the field of historic preservation will be able to understand
the nature of architectural conservation and the specific
role that architectural conservators play.
- Course lecturers, with discussion
- Course readings, followed by class discussion
- Course readings, followed by independent analysis
- Course readings, followed by quizzes
- Team-oriented site conservation work
- Independent, self-directed documentation of a particular site
- Guest lecturers, with your active participation in discussion
- Site visits, conducted independently by students, alone or
- Site visits, conducted by the entire class
Assignments handed in after their due date will be reduce by
one letter grade, at a minimum; papers will not be accepted
beyond a week after the due date; and 'incomplete' for the course
will not be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances
and a request for an extension presented in writing.
Have each week's assignments completed before the class
as you will be expected to analyze and discuss the readings
and, possibly, take a quiz.
Advising hours will be posted as soon as faculty schedules
for school, program, and committee meetings have been set. Required
and recommended reading and texts will be reviewed during the
Summary of responsibilities:
- Attend all classes, site visits, and field trips
- Work as involved, responsible member of all project teams
- Actively participate in class discussions
- Complete assignments (word-processed or electronic, when
written) by due dates
- Advise faculty about any concerns, tutoring, and special
- Come to site visits prepared, with necessary tools, equipment,
- Attendance: participation mandatory
- Assignments (refer to assignments list)
Bibliography and Reading
Refer to Readings.
Reading for the course will be posted on the Web. The reading
is typically referenced, and linked, in the Web-based syllabus,
which will be added to throughout the semester. As a rule, you
should check the schedule and weekly requirements, reading a
week before beginning your preparation, to make sure you have
the latest postings.
Refer to Assignments
Schedule of Class Meetings
Equipment and Supplies
This is a partial list of equipment and supplies needed to
undertake field recording of historic structures and sites.
When necessary, optional equipment will be provided during specific
assignments for the class.
|Equipment and Supplies
graph paper (1/4" grid)
pens: black, blue, green, red
tape measure (25')
Digital camera,at least 1 GB memory, able to take photographs at least 1024 x 768 pixels. Read your camera's instructions and field test your camera's features.
color film (or digital:, 64 mb
memory, minimum, for 2 mb images, minimum)
Students agree that by taking this course all required assignments
may be subject to submission for textural similarity review
to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagarism. All submitted
papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com
reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagarism.
Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability for which you wish to receive academic accommodations, you must first register with Disability Support Services on the second floor of the University Library in the Center for Academic Development.
Please feel free to set up a meeting with me to talk about any needs an/or concerns.