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National University of Singapore

Architectural Conservation

Architectural Conservation Regular Class
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The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation (MAArC), is offered by the NUS College of Design and Engineering.

The MAArC is an advanced programme that offers a unique perspective on diverse Asian cultures by providing students with comprehensive knowledge and essential hands-on training and experience to develop skills for a range of careers in historic building conservation and related fields. The programme is distinctively Asian and urban in its emphasis, with a focus on ‘living’ and ‘local’ culture.

Historic Asian cities are often regarded as the cradle of civilisation and have played a vital role in the development of human societies. In the recent few decades, cities across Asia have been experiencing tremendous transformations in their social, cultural, and economic structures due to unprecedented urbanisation and rural-urban migration. Even as millions living in these cities currently enjoy a share of ‘progress,’ the heritage of these population centres is under threat.

What is at stake is the erasure of the cultural endowments and values of various communities, and the rapid and irreversible alteration of the character of inner-city neighbourhoods—these have repercussions on how people live and work, and on the preservation of urban fabric.

Singapore, located at the crossroads of East and West, stands out for its unique urban landscape: historic districts, heritage buildings, and national monuments, which blend seamlessly with modern high-rise buildings. The survival of these rich and varied historic sites amid Singapore’s rapid development has been only possible due to deliberate, conscious, and integrated urban planning.

With the city-state as a backdrop, we aim to provide students with an architectural conservation education that is sensitive to the varied challenges confronting historic Asian cities, as well as the diverse opportunities provided by a rich cultural heritage, and the socio-economic elements of the region.

To that end, we aim to equip our students with the historical perspectives, intellectual tools, as well as practical design and conservation skills to manage conservation projects of different scales and context. Our students will understand that the most pressing urban heritage management challenges cannot be solved by a single discipline but require interdisciplinary collaborations across professions and key stakeholders.

The MAArC offers three streams that focus on the various demands and expertise of the profession: Policy and Management; Design in the Historic Urban Context; and Materials and Technology, linking them directly to various aspects of heritage conservation in Asian cities. Students can choose one of the three streams to specialise in.

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