93709 - Heritage Conservation

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Building Engineering -Architecture (cod. 5697)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to analyse design trends in the field of restoration, both in terms of theoretical principles and of technical procedures.

Course contents

The course starts from contemporary international assumptions on the conservation of Cultural Heritage, gradually digging down to the roots of a relatively young discipline.

The module aims to provide students with the critical tools necessary to elaborate in the future a project of intervention/valorisation on Cultural Heritage, having the ability to read and distinguish the events that have passed through an architecture, its construction techniques, in order to understand how to use these notions for conservation purposes.

The lectures will begin with some more general references to the international glossary and to the meaning of cultural heritage today, tracing a framework between the works and writings of the fathers of restoration and the scholars at European level who have determined the evolution of the discipline up to the contemporary debate.


Further bibliography will be suggested with specific readings in relation to the lesson.

J. Jokilehto, An history of Architectural conservation, Routledge, 2017 (2Ed.)

Teaching methods

The course consists of frontal lessons, twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. Fridays will also be devoted to workshop activities and/or revision of the exercise, which will be evaluated and included in the final assessment. The course (if possible with pandemic evolution) will include some  visits to appreciate some case-studies treated during the lessons.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist of an interview about the lectures/bibliography and the discussion of the critical exercise. The student must show his/her understanding of contents and of meanings of “heritage conservation”.

Teaching tools

Bibliography, slides if necessary.

Office hours

See the website of Leila Signorelli


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.