Let bygones not be gone

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 February, 2012, 12:00am


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is introducing a new master's of science in architectural conservation and design for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The aim of the programme is to train students to understand the issues involved in architectural heritage, to assess heritage value in a project, and to develop strategies for protecting, revitalising and redesigning heritage buildings.

'When we designed this programme, we wanted to provide architects who want to specialise in design work with a programme that would give them one more year of studying the current issues that confront architectural designers, when working on historic buildings or conservation projects,' says Maggie Hui, assistant professor at CUHK's School of Architecture.

'Students will be able to study the current practices used in professional practice,' she adds. 'Students will test a range of different approaches to architectural design within a conservation design studio context.

'They will need to read the historical value of a site and make decisions about whether to choose an adaptive reuse approach or design a new building to go alongside, and blend it with the existing historic structures.'

The programme will involve students in a range of learning experiences that include lectures, discussion forums, conservation design studios, field trips and desktop research.

'While assessment of students will largely be based on their conservation design studio work, the programme culminates in students preparing an academic design thesis,' explains Hui.

Students should be able to complete this programme full-time for one year, or part-time over two years.

Tuition is HK$100,000, and applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree in a related field of study.