Module Area 2: Arts, Architecture and Conservation

How are heritage and historic structures assessed and conserved? How are they integrated into a contemporary urban context?

This study area focuses on built heritage, exploring the relationship between the fabric, setting and uses of architectural structures. Students will understand basic conservation concepts and approaches, and will examine built heritage in its larger context. Particular attention is given to the historic urban landscapes approach, the multi-layer structure and dynamic development of sites.

Architectural Conservation: Building in Context

This course offers an introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and methods in architectural conservation. Students will understand the challenges in conserving the cultural significance of places, as well as various design and building approaches in historic contexts.


Students will be familiarised with fundamental archaeological methods and techniques, and their significance within heritage research and practice. The course also presents the common problems experienced in the conservation and management of archaeological sites.

History of Architecture

This course presents the evolution of architectural forms and design styles in various European countries, from antiquity to the modern era, with references to their particular historical and cultural contexts. In a field session, students will also practice the skills of recording and analysing buildings.

Applied Art History and Museology

This course focuses on main concepts of museology: the role of the contemporary museum and its development, museum design and architecture, memory, interpretation and presentation techniques. The course will seek to understand the museum as a medium, working to define theoretical and practical perspectives on exhibitons, collections and display.

Urban Planning: Life, Work and Recreation in the Future

This course provides insights into the main drivers of urban change, together with the current and future challenges for sustainable urban development. Students will learn to analyse urban structures and functions. They will understand the concepts, analytical methods and tool for urban and regional planning, as well as the impact of urban development on heritage sites.

Architecture, City, Space

This course aims to raise awareness about architecture within a broad spectrum, as a way to explore the relationship between humans and their living environment. Students will explore architectural, urban and spatial concepts, examining the complex layers identified in built structures, such as the material, the social and the temporal.

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