PR-751 Building Material Conservation
The conservation of historic built fabric is one of the cornerstones of Historic Preservation philosophy, theory and practice. Therefore, an overall understanding of processes contributing to the physical deterioration of building materials and an awareness of methods to stabilize, repair and maintain the built environment is of relevance to all preservation practitioners. This course will explore materials conservation through the lens of materials science, approaching the subject from the comprehensive perspective of architectural preservation, project planning and practice. Materials conservation theory will be connected to professional practice, contextualizing scientific information through case-studies, practical experience and exposure to different professionals involved in conservation processes, providing the student with diverse perspectives to typical material conservation issues.